Why You Should Never Declaw a Cat (September 2019)

Declawing a cat alters them for life in a very negative way. It causes a lot of health problems and is mutilation for the poor thing.

Would you cut your fingers off? Because that’s exactly what happens when you declaw a cat.

Rather than go on a rant about how irresponsible and cruel it is to declaw a cat, I’m going to give you the facts.

What is Declawing?

Most people believe declawing is the equivalent of cutting the tips of a human’s fingers off, but it’s actually much worse than that description.

Declawing is the amputation of a cat’s toe at the last bone and is a very unnecessary surgery unless there is a medical reason for it.

If you declawed your fingers based on what happens to a cat, you would actually be cutting off your fingers down to the last knuckle and not just the tips.

It Causes Behavioral Problems

There are a ton of behavioral problems that come with a declawed cat. It’s very sad to see just how bad a cat can get, but remember, this is mutilation.

Aggression, Shyness, and Fright

How would you feel if someone cut your arms and legs off for the purpose of taking away your means to defend yourself? Taking away a cat’s claws can leave them feeling helpless and stressed out, more so when a situation occurs where she feels cornered and doesn’t even have a defense option.

Cats who have been declawed are more likely to draw into themselves because they have no way to defend themselves even if there are no situations where they are threatened going on.

They become timid and frightened, almost for no reason.

Their Habits Change

Cats also like to scratch – this is natural behavior in kitties. They love to scratch and knead their claws into blankets, cat trees, you name it. Your furniture is NOT more important than a cat having its claws.

In addition, they can be swayed to not use their litter box based on the pain they feel from their paws. More often than not, declawed cats will be wary of their litter box and may stop using them entirely.

Remember, cats cover up their waste after they use their box by digging their litter over it with their paws. If their paws are causing them pain due to being declawed, this can stop your cat from using the litter box.

Their Physical Way of Life is Threatened

The love of kneading things isn’t just a one-off. It’s a natural behavior that keeps their arms, legs, shoulders, and backs strong. Declawed cats are prone to arthritis in these areas once their claws are taken from them.

Your Cat Will Never Walk the Same Way Again

Declawing changes how your cat walks because of how their feet are now positioned to be on the ground. It’s like wearing a new, very uncomfortable, painful pair of shoes for the rest of your life that you can never take off.

Physical Complications After the Surgery

There have been cases where the nail beds weren’t fully removed and cats grew mutated nails back that caused severe pain. Infection is ripe in these cases, as well.

In addition to that, a cat can also experience minor to severe nerve damage and bone spurs for the rest of their life.

Is Declawing Always Bad?

No, not in every situation.

There are cases where infected and/or cancerous nail beds must be removed to ensure a cat’s survival.

In cases like these, where there is a real medical reason for it, declawing is necessary.

Declawing is Banned in Several Countries

Declawing is actually banned in several Canadian provinces, across states in the United States, and throughout certain regions of Europe – now you know why.

Natural Ways to Stop a Cat Scratching

Because this is a natural behavior that cats have, you need to either accept it or try some natural ways to get her to stop – but you should never mutilate her for something that is natural behavior.

Keep your cat’s claws trimmed down and provide everything she needs to get her scratching fix without damaging your possessions. Cat trees and scratching posts work perfectly in this case.

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