Before we get into this heavily opinionated topic, I am not a veterinarian nor am I a cat behaviorist. I am however a concerned cat mommy that reads way too much and watches Jackson Galaxy’s, “My Cat from Hell,” pretty often. Please keep that in mind while I get started on the facts about declawing.
1. Declawing = Amputation of a cat’s toe at the first joint.
To put this into perspective, imagine getting your fingers cut to the first knuckle. Makes you cringe, doesn’t it? Always keep this in mind if the idea of declawing ever crosses your mind.
2. 37 countries have made declawing illegal—for a reason.
This is the most inhumane procedure that is done in the U.S. Declawing is known to be ‘American,’ as most cat parents continue with the procedure to save their furniture for their convenience.
3. There are 2 other options for declawing.
No not doing the procedure, but by trimming your cat’s nails regularly or purchasing plastic nail caps. This is by far the only way to save your furniture.
4. Scratching is normal.
Scratching is normal behavior in felines. This is their way of marking territory via scent or visually. It conditions their claws by removing the ‘husk’ and enables good stretching activity. By declawing, you remove the normal behaviors of a cat for the convenience of the couch.
5. Behavior problems may arise.
Due to the severe pain following the procedure, this can make your cat wary of using the litter box and begin marking their territory elsewhere. They will become more aggressive and start biting more as their first line of defense is no longer an option.
6. Up to 50% of declawed cats develop acute physical complications.
This can include chronic pain, arthritis/lameness, nerve/tissue damage, gangrene, abscesses, paw pad atrophy, and bone regrowth.
With all these facts you are probably wondering why this medical surgery is still continuing today in the U.S. With your awareness, you can inform other cat parents about the dangers and risk factors in declawing.