Let start by discussing some of the reasons why people feel they need to declaw their cats. For starters, maybe you have children that are on the younger side & they don’t quite understand the proper way to treat animals. The kids will tend to torment the cat by say pulling their tail, ears or petting them in a manner that is unpleasant to the cat. Sometimes a cat tends to scratch you when you want to cuddle with them or handle them. Another reason we declaw our cats is if we have a cat that likes to claw @ our clothes & furniture.
What does the process of declawing involve? It involves, amputating the 3rd bone of each toe in both front paws. Just imagine if you had to have all ten of your finger tips amputated, & then you try to go about your everyday life. How much harder do you thing everything would be?
Now lets talk about the pro’s of declawing. There aren’t many but I’ll list them anyway.
The majority of the time people will declaw their cat as a result of social issues, or they are being destructive & tearing up furniture.
What are the consequences of declawing your cat?
Why are so many people opposed to the declawing of cats? Many people feel that it’s unnatural to declaw cats when it’s only benefiting the owner. It’s a painful procedure & recovery can take awhile depending on the method used in the OR. I feel it boils down to, cats are born with claws & they deserve to keep them.
Another reason why you shouldn’t declaw your cat is, you will have to make them an indoor cat for the rest of their life. If you enjoy having an outdoor cat then I implore you to let your cat keep his/her claws. Cats only really have two ways to protect themselves, if you take one of them away they will be @ a disadvantage. Did you know that in some countries like the United Kingdom, Australia & New Zealand it is flat out illegal to declaw your cat? In other countries it is only permitted if a vet determines it is medically necessary.
I’m not sure if many cat owners are aware of this, but there are alternatives to declawing. Such as: