Cat declawing is still legal in some places. Some pet owners mistakenly believe that the procedure causes no harm to their pet. They declaw cats to stop them scratching at furniture or scratching them.
Cats claws are very important to them and are used as a line of defence when they feel threatened for any reason. Declawing a cat is the equivalent of cutting off each finger at the last knuckle. This is painful for cats and can cause many other issues for them.
Thankfully more and more places are banning the procedure and cats are able to keep their claws.
Some Reasons Given For Declawing
- Stopping a cat from scratching furniture.
- Owners having been scratched by their cat.
- Having children and not wanting them to get hurt.
- The cat is indoor only and the owner believes they do not need claws.
Many of the reasons given can be solved by the owner taking simple steps.
Probems Caused For Cats By Declawing
- Cats can continue to feel pain after the surgery. Some can suffer what is known as phantom pain.
- Issues using the little tray. Some cats will no longer use their tray and will begin to find other places to toilet.
- Problems when walking. A cat may have difficulty due to pain after the procedure.
- Nothing to cushion landing when jumping down to a lower level.
- Limping and trouble walking over uneven surfaces.
- The cat no longer has claws as a line of defence. This can cause issues for your cat if they were to escape or find themselves needing to defend themselves for any reason.
These are just some of the problems caused for a cat after being declawed.
If your reason for doing so was to prevent your cat from scratching you, you may find that your cat will instead bite. Cat bites can be dangerous and often require antibiotic treatment to prevent serious infection.
Cats that have been declawed can find themselves in rescue due to behavioural issues caused by the procedure. They can struggle to be re-homed and are sometimes euthanised.
Children if taught how to correctly behave around a cat, will not usually be scratched, and can form an amazing bond.
The majority of cats will be prevented from scratching furniture if they have access to a scratch post. You do not have to purchase one that is expensive to keep your cat happy.
Vets and rescue centers should be able to offer advice on alternatives to declawing. If you find yourself struggling, you should ask if they can help, or alternatively, seek the help of someone who specialises in behavioural issues.
Please let your cat keep their claws and find other solutions to the problems you encounter. Usually a simple change is all that is needed to prevent problems.