The Claws Are Out: The Hard Realities of Declawing Your Cat

It is no secret that cats love to scratch; they love to claw on their scratching post, the box the post came in, doors, floors, carpets and furniture. Scratching is as natural to cats as purring but has lead many cat owners to declaw their feline for a “quick fix”.

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What is declawing? According to the Humane Society of the United States, “Declawing traditionally involves the amputation of the last bone of each toe. If performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle.” Yes, you read right, put yourself in your cat’s paws and imagine the pain and discomfort they will feel after a declawing procedure. If that is

not reason enough, declawing can lead to negative side effects:

  • Change in personality of your feline companion: some cat owners claim that their cats developed mild to severe case of depression after declawing
  • Cats can’t defend themselves: declawing your cat will remove their primary source of defense. Without claws, if your cat accidently gets outside they will  be more vulnerable to other species that consider them prey.
  • Declawing can lead to litter problems: Declawed cats find it painful when digging in their litter box which often leads them to avoid their tray and opting for doing their business elsewhere – which can mean your nice white sofa or your recently made up bed.

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Declawing has been made illegal or considered extremely inhumane in over 25 countries, with advocacy groups in Canada working on legislation to make declawing against the law. Here are some helpful alternatives to keep your cat from scratching your furniture.

  • Scratching post – place a few around the house, the more posts the better odds your kitty will play with them instead of your sofa cushions.
  • Trim your cat’s claws -If you are uncomfortable doing it yourself, call your vet or your local groomer. It generally cost $10 – $20 and worth every penny!
  • Soft Paws – a harmless and fashionable nail cap that can easily be applied to your cats existing nails.

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Click here for more information on how to teach your cat where to scratch.

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