Should you declaw your cat?
It happens all too often... you take your cat in
to be spayed or neutered, and the vet asks you if you would like to have
your cat declawed at the same time “What does this involve?”
you ask. The vet informs you that the procedure is the removal of the nail
and the nail bed and the vet makes it sound basically routine. Don’t be
fooled. This is not a procedure, it is surgery.
And as so many articles point out this is not a manicure. It is
surgical amputation. And cat guardians learn all too quickly that
what was just done to their pet was not a simple procedure involving
the cat’s claws – they just had their pet’s toes amputated.
Your cats claws play an important role in their
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- Claws help your cat groom itself,
and grooming is the way a cat helps to control its body
temperature, its scent signals, skin irritations, and more.
The cat requires its claws for
balance, to jump, to climb, and that “declawing” your cat then makes
your cat susceptible to back problems, arthritis, joint problems and
other foot problems that he would not otherwise face – because declawing
results in a gradual weakening of the back, shoulder and leg muscles.
Cats walk on their toes, not the
pads of their feet, and declawing forces them to walk in an unnatural
Declawed cats resort to biting
as an alternative method of defense. Some declawed cats
become very aggressive because their primary defense is taken
away. Many declawed cats stop using the litterbox because it
is so painful.