Declawing Cats – Startling Facts About Declawing Your Cat
Has your cat began tearing up the furniture in your home? You are frustrated and ready for the damage to stop. You love your cat, and want to take care of this problem before it damages your relationship. Declawing cats is one option many owners turn to, but is it the right option? Do you know the facts about declawing?
Declawing is a much more aggressive and invasive surgery than most cat owners realize. It is not just a simple process of removing a claw, a portion of the cats foot is actually amputated. When the vet performs the declawing procedure he must cut away a section of the last bone in each of your cat’s toes. This is the area where the claw grows from.
One procedure utilizes a large clipper, very similar to the nail clipper, and actually clips away this section of the bone. This procedure has one major problem, it is not always successful. If the vet does not trim back far enough into the bone the claw will still grow, potentially creating an infection. The surgery may need to be repeated.
The second procedure is a more intensive surgery requiring actually severing the ligaments at the final joint in the toe and removing the entire last bone.
Were you aware many European countries have actually banned the process of declawing, feeling it is inhumane to your cats? When you stop and think about what you are actually doing you may agree. Imagine your own toes having the last bone removed. The pain which would be involved. The relearning to walk properly. Your cat experiences the same trauma. This is why some owners have reported major changes in their cats after the surgery.
There is one other large danger in declawing your cat. You have now removed their only defensive protection. If they get outside they are easy prey to any dogs or aggressive cats. They cannot defend themselves. They cannot even climb a tree to seek protection.
It is highly recommended before you go to the extreme of declawing cats you exhaust all other alternatives. Train your cat to use a scratching post. Work to discourage scratching on the furniture.
If those measures fail there are claw covers you can place on your cat to keep them from damaging the furniture, or scratching you. These claw covers are fairly inexpensive, but will need to be replaced often. As the claw grows the cover will extend out with it, and eventually wear off.
Some owners have chosen to use small boots on their cats when they are indoors to protect the furniture and themselves. This can be a bit challenging since not all cats will adapt to wearing the boots.
While declawing cats is an effective solution to protecting your furniture and yourself, it is a very extreme answer. You are changing your cat permanently and irreversibly. Make sure you have thought through this decision carefully before proceeding to have your cats claws removed. You may end up with results you did not want.