Declawing. It’s Amputation!
Information on Declawing Your Cat
Please DONT! It’s an amputation! Read on.
At Kitty Quarters we do not believe in declawing a cat. Depriving a cat of his or her claws means taking away a basic tool – for defense, including climbing. Declawing also can cause lasting physical problems for your cat. The Humane Society of the United States opposes declawing except for the rare cases when it is necessary for the cat’s medical purposes, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors.
Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat’s claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your cat’s claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat’s “toes”. When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would 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.
No cat lover would doubt that cats–whose senses are much keener than ours–suffer pain. They may, however, hide it better. Not only are they 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 is unique to felines. Its claws are an important part of this design. Amputating the important 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 prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors.
People who are worried about being scratched, especially those with immunodeficiencies or bleeding disorders, may be told incorrectly that their health will be protected by declawing their cats. However, infectious disease specialists don’t recommend declawing. The risk from scratches for these people is less than those from bites, cat litter, or fleas carried by their cats.
Tips for stopping a cat from scratching or chewing the wrong thing from the Humane Society:
For additional information on topics such as alternatives to declawing, how to trim your cats claws, why cats scratch, best scratching posts, etc., go to www.declawing.com. This is not a Kitty Quarters website, it just has some useful information.