Facts About Declawing:
Declawing is something people do for their own convenience without knowing what actually happens to their beloved cat.
Declawing is NOT a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat’s claw is not a toenail. It is connected to the bone. To remove the claw, the last bone of your cat’s toe has to be removed.
Declawing is an amputation of the last knuckle on each toe, cutting through bone, tendons, skin, and nerves. In a person, it is equivalent to amputating each finger or toe at the last joint. This surgery is the same for big cats.
Knowing this, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is painful surgery, excruciating recovery period, serious health risks, and complications such as infection and death. Remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery, your cat will still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Wheelchairs and bedpans are NOT an option for a cat.
Cat lovers know that cats suffer pain but hide it well. Cats are proud. They instinctively know that they are at risk when in a weakened position, and by nature will attempt to hide it. But make no mistake: This is not a surgery to be taken lightly.
Your cat’s body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility, and beauty that are unique to felines. Its claws are an imperative part of this design. Amputating the vital part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the conformation of their feet. The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it victim to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors.
Declaw surgery can produce permanent lameness, pain or arthritis. Your cat’s personality will change after being declawed, but the medical community does not recognize this side effect.
ö CatScratching.com has ideas and suggestions
ö Teach your cat to use scratching posts
ö Trim their claws
ö Employ aversion methods
ö Claw caps like Soft Paws©
ö Dr. Christianne Schelling, Declawing.com