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Cat Claw Removal - Should You Have Your Cat Declawed?

Updated on May 2, 2011

Did you know that One out of every four American families has a pet cat and some have more than one. However, If you don't have your very own cat to appreciate and love its eccentricities and incomparable behaviors...You should consider getting one! If you're an ailurophile (A cat lover), Visit my blog...

Facts About Cats and I'll introduce you to the interesting and likely unknown facts about cats and their behavior, lifecycle, senses, and habits.

Thinking About Declawing You Cat?

Cat Claw removal, or declawing as it's normally referred to, is performed under a general anesthetic and is a major surgical operation. It's not simply a removal of the claw; it's an amputation of the last joint on each of the cats toes. Claws are not equivalent our fingernails or toenails, they're actually a part of the last bone in their toes.

Cats make use of their claws for a lot of different functions. They walk and balance on their toes so consequently their joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons are planned by nature for that design. Cats love climbing and jumping up onto high targets such as the backs of chairs, their scratching tree or even climbing tree outside and they make use of their claws to pull themselves upward. Cats love to stretch out and will take hold of the carpet or something else with their claws to achieve this. And we all understand how terrific a stretch makes us feel, particularly if we’re trying to work out a twist in one of our muscles.

Doing a cat claw removal the cats ability to protect itself from other creatures, or humans, that are attacking or abusing them. Remove their claws and you leave them vulnerable, not able to defend themselves or even climb a tree to escape a dog. They are not able to mark out their own territory and space from other cats.

Maybe the concluding indignity for a cat that's been declawed is in their individual hygiene. We all recognize how clean cats are. They use their claws to bury their excretions. To be incapable to do this would ruin a cat’s dignity.

Regrettably, a few unaccountable cat owners choose that their household belongings or rugs and draperies are more significant than the welfare of their cat and will chose to have a cat claw removal done just in case the cat could damage something or as a penalty for what the cat has done for something that comes completely natural such as marking off a territory or having a need stretch by digging their claws in the carpet.

As I mentioned above, having a cat claw removal is a major surgical operation, one that can only be executed by a veterinarian. There's a high chance of complications with any surgical procedure such as nerve damage, a awful response to the anesthetic agent or infection. You'll want to have a real good reason to have your cat declawed, as any respectable veterinarian will not do the surgical procedure simply to keep your furniture or rug protected.

If you do decide to go ahead with the surgical procedure, anticipate some major personality alterations after declawing. Your cat will likely will become very afraid of you and completely sequestered. He (or she) will be in a good deal of pain and befuddled about what just happened. Your cat won't be able to use the litter box as attempting to cover up their eliminations will be very painful expect puddles and droppings elsewhere. If they associate you with the painfulness [and they most likely probably will], they might well become assertive towards you and begin biting as this is now the only means for defense.

When the hurting of the cat claw removal is gone do not anticipate your cat to be playful with you or his toys similar to the way he used to be. A lot of that playfulness was linked with him being capable of catching his toys with his claws and he is no longer able do this and will consequently be miserable. Also, climbing up, and jumping and landing on his clawless feet will be painful.

If you really would like to protect your furnishings Train Your Kitty when you 1st get them...And buy a good scratching post to use for scratching. When training begins soon enough, your cat will with happiness use this for all his scratching wants. If you're not able to train an older cat to use a scratching tree instead of your furniture, please, do not have him declawed.

Try making use of nail caps. These fit on top of the cat’s claws. If this does not work, consider finding a good home for your cat and get yourself a dog. No I'm not trying to be sarcastic...Remember you choose your cat...Not the other way around!

In conclusion, here is a comparison you should think about. Humans have trouble walking and balancing after losing their big toe as a result of an accident. Just think how they'd get by if all their toes were amputated at the last joint.



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    • Maren Morgan M-T profile image

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This is a very passionate article. I agree that God put the joints on the cat; don't remove them - just trim the claws and train the cat.

    • Stop Barking Dog profile image

      Stop Barking Dog 6 years ago

      Well thats for sure...Some people should not have cats as pets!

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      Lucky Cats 6 years ago

      SBD I agree with you 1000% that declawing is an awful thing to do to a cat. I would NEVER do this to all my feline companions. What a horrible thing to do ... leaving a cat helpless to protect his/herself. Some people are so ignorant that they allow their clawless cats outside, where they can neither climb a tree to escape dogs/other animals or fight to protect themselves. They also cannot scratch that occasional flea bite. I know of a local case where a person had her cat declawed and the operation caused deep infection which led to the amputation of one leg. Then, that woman decided she no longer wanted the cat...the Veterinarian who performed the surgery found another home for the kitty. What a terrible tragedy. Some people even declaw ALL FOUR paws!!! How horrible. What a sick thing to do to an animal who depends on those claws for so many reasons as you have listed here. Thank you for educating the ignorant and having the temerity to state this case as it actually is...a convenience for people, an INJURY to cats.