The following article will reveal the facts about declawing your cat. My wife and I have had personal experiences with this concept. If you want to do this to protect your furniture, curtains, etc., it is important to learn the pros and cons about declawing your cat before deciding to remove their claws.
Let me start by saying that a lot of people do not know these facts. They believe that declawing is a simple procedure that’s just taking away their cat’s nails and nothing else. Something as simple as having your fingernails trimmed. Many believe it’s the solution to unwanted scratching. They don’t realize that many declawed cats are more likely to go outside the litter box and that they no longer have the ability to defend themselves so as a result, they tend to become more aggressive and more likely to bite. They don’t realize that there are safer alternatives to declawing a cat.
Most people also don’t realize that declawing is an American thing. Declawing is illegal in many countries and is actually deemed “inhumane” in England.
Many believe that declawing a cat is the same thing as a human having their fingernails trimmed. The term itself implies that it’s merely just the removal of the claws. That is incorrect. In humans, the nail grows from the skin. In animals that hunt prey, like cats, the nail grows from the bone. To get rid of the nail, which is what declawing is, is to amputate the last bone. Yes, you read that right. You have to amputate the last bone on each toe in TEN separate surgeries. You want to know the equivalent? It’s like cutting off each of your fingers at each knuckle. Painful, right?
Along with chopping off the last bone in each toe, the nerves, ligaments and tendons are also severed resulting in crippling of normal function and movement of the paw.
How a vet actually does it varies from procedure to procedure.
The standard method of declawing is using a scalpel or clippers to amputate the bone. It’s then closed up with surgical glue or stitches and bandaged up. There’s also laser surgery, another method of declawing, where a beam of light cuts through tissue by heating it and vaporizing it. It’s not any better than the standard – the amputation still happens and it still carries the same risks. Tendonectomy is where the tendons in each toe is severed. The cat gets to keep it claws but can no longer control them. Usually, declawing is required later on due to complications of the tendonectomy.
To discover the AFTERMATH and ALTERNATIVES please go to the ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Kelsey Parkinson in Ideas on Jan 11, 2016
Soft Paws – nail caps and further research on them
Paw Project – a nonprofit organization that educates the public on why declawing is inhumane
Sticky Paws – help prevent cats from scratching