What Declawing Really Is …
UNDERSTANDING WHY CATS HAVE AND NEED CLAWS!!!
Think about it… If you had just brought home a new puppy and he was digging up your expensive landscaping, scratching hardwood floors while running in the house and digging to find or hide a bone, would your first thought be to have his claws and toes surgically removed? Your answer would be “NO”. I expect that you would naturally and intelligently start the puppy in a training program.
Contrary to what most cat owners think, declawing does not “save” cats, or training time, even money, or sofas. It frequently does the exact opposite. Declawed cats can be expensive and dangerous because declawing is the number one cause of litter box problems and biting issues. The average person doesn’t understand what declawing is and how it permanently affects their cat. Declawing is an amputation of the cat’s toes to the first knuckle of each joint. Declawing removes claw, bone, tendon and ligament. The cat will be in pain for the rest of their life.
If your cat is already declawed, don’t beat yourself up, it’s over and now is the time to educate yourself and spread the word to other cat lovers what you have learned. It’s all about being informed and educated. So many people don’t realize how detrimental declawing is, the veterinarians never talk about it.
A cat’s nails are necessary for: