If you own cats, you probably have this thought. In most cases, if the baby sits behind her, and you look like enjoying the moment, she suddenly flips and hits the arm. Why shouldn’t you just declaw your cat? It is not something you should have taken lightly. Although there may be advantages, this is something that cannot be reversed – you should be absolutely sure before you do it. This will show the main reasons cats get declawed — and the main reason for this. We want to explain what declawing cat is.
We are here to discuss the benefits and dangers of declawing cats to help you decide whether to declaw your fury friend.
What actually is declawing a cat?
Declawing a cat is a surgical procedure to remove the claws. This procedure is officially called Onychectomy which involves an amputation of the final bone in each toe. As we all know, cats have retractable claws which are normally hidden, but cats can use them just by flexing their toes. The procedure of declawing a cat not only removes the claws, but also the final bones.
Pros of declawing a cat
- Your furniture will be safe
If you love gathering unique and beautiful furniture items in your house, you may also want to keep it safe and in good condition. Also, furniture is expensive, you got to keep it safe to spend within the budget limit. And if you also have a cat or two, there is no way your furniture will stay “scratch-free”. If you declaw your cat, your furniture will a 100% stay safe from scratches.
- No threat to kids
We all know how cats are. They can be all jiggly and happy at a moment and get angry and furious in the next minute. A normal, happy play time can turn into a disaster because the cat was being mean or was attacking the kids or even other pets. By declawing, you will not have to worry about the safety of your kids or other pets.
- An illness may also require declawing a cat
If there is a cancerous growth or a tumour somewhere around the final bones of a cat’s tow, the veterinarian may suggest declawing your cat. Here, it will be a cure for your cat’s disease and can avert further serious illness. If you ask us, this is the only reason, a vet would declaw a cat.
- Declawing will improve a cat’s behaviour
Sometimes, rescuing an outdoor cat is hard to train. So declawing will improve the behaviour. It has been observed that the declawed cats are friendlier. Now, it may sound mean, but people say that because the cats now know they are defenceless, they will become more friendly.
Cons of declawing a cat
- Declawing is always risky
First, it is permanent and not a reversible procedure. So, it will affect the ability of your cat to climb or being stable/balancing. It can cause infection too. They can get exposed to germs, which can cause more diseases, leading to a lot of pain or even death.
- It is a painful procedure
Can you imagine cutting someone’s fingers instead of clipping their nails? The same is done with the cats. They amputated their bones, which causes a lot of pain.
Laser surgery reduces declawing complications, but the procedure still hurts
- It can affect a normal cat’s behaviour
Declawing a cat, because it will cause a lot of pain, may change the behaviour of your cat. Your cat may not remain as friendly to you as it was before. Also, your cat may feel tortured, which can induce mental health issues or even depression. There is a chance your cat may become more destructive as a reaction to all the pain it had to suffer.
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Tell me the verdict?
As we said in the start, we will help you decide whether or not to declaw your cat. Let us summarize the whole discussion. So, you may not miss any important thing even if you have skipped reading the whole article. Declawing your cat is a painful, irreversible and risky procedure. On the other hand, it is beneficial because, now, your cat won’t have those sharp claws to cause any damage or harm to your kids or property.
If you ask from us, we will say, “Listen to the veterinarian”, if the vet suggest declawing for a medical reason, you should for sure go for it.
There are alternative options too, like getting a scrubber for a cat, where it can rub its claws, this way your furniture will remain safe. You can also get help to train your cat better. Or simply do not get a stray cat, if you are not sure whether you will be able to train it properly. At the end of the day, you will decide if declawing is a better option for your cat or not. Hope this article may have helped you in any way.
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