I find it annoying how my kitty likes to scratch everything beautiful I have in the house—like the leather couch, upholstery, curtains, and anything he can get his paws on!
So, I looked into declawing my cat, and I would like to share that with you as well.
The Procedure: How Do You Declaw a Cat?
There are various techniques you can use, but they all involve one thing: removing the claw so that it doesn’t grow back.
To remove the claw, you have to remove a small part of the bone that the claw grows from or else the claw will grow back.
The less part of the bone you remove, the better it is.
Normally, cats are declawed using an instrument that has a sliding blade—like a guillotine—which cuts a straight line through the joint.
It’s kind of like cutting the tip of your cat’s finger off.
However, after declawing, your kitty won’t be able to walk right for at least a few weeks and will have an injured paw.
Why You Shouldn’t Declaw Your Cat
Declawing your cat doesn’t mean that you are giving him a manicure. You are essentially removing the tip of your kitty’s fingertips.
Cats that have been declawed are more likely to bite.
In fact, several countries throughout the world have banned declawing and it shouldn’t be done unless there’s a valid medical reason.
Following are the reasons why you should not declaw your kitty:
- Claws are a cat’s first line of defense against a potential threat
- Cats that have been declawed are more likely to be aggressive towards people
- Your kitty will be in a lot of pain—even a few weeks after the surgery
- Declawed cats are more likely to go outside the litterbox
- Declawed cats actually have to re-learn how to walk after the surgery. The kitty’s claws are important for balance and the surgery impairs the kitty’s balance
Alternatives to Declawing
It is best for your kitty’s health if you look into alternatives to declawing that work well.
Following are some solutions:
- Train your kitty where it is okay to scratch and where it isn’t. It’ll take time but, your kitty will catch up soon
- Buy multiple scratch posts for your kitty to enjoy
- Regularly trim your cat’s claws
What are your views on declawing cats? Do you think it’s okay? Let me know in the comments section…