Can Cats be Declawed?
Can cats be declawed? The whole issue of declawing cats does stir a few emotions. There are those that think the concept of declawing cats is inherently terrible, in one article I have read the author compares declawing a cat to chopping of the fingers of a child. A rather severe perspective you might agree.
Then, there are others that see declawing as necessary when certain situations call for it. Let’s take a closer look at these opposing views.
Cat Declawing – How it is Carried Out
The procedure itself, while in some cases relatively simple to carry out, does seem to go against what nature intended when it comes to cats.
While the declawing procedure may differ slightly depending on how the surgery is undertaken, the process does involve one thing – the removal of the cats claws, as well as the small piece of bone that the claw grows from. If the bone is left in place, new claws will begin to grow through.
Clearly, the less bone removed in order to achieve this the better. Recovery time will be faster and your cat will suffer less discomfort.
However, due to the different techniques employed, (as well as the skill of the practitioner undertaking the cat declawing), the amount of bone removed during the procedure will vary.
One way a cat is declawed is through the use of a sliding blade. This is a guillotine like instrument that cuts a precision line through the joint after the claw bone.
This is the procedure that is compared to chopping the tip of your finger off, as the part of your cat’s paw pad is sliced off too. There is no justifying this really – the process is incredibly inhumane.
Cosmetic declawing is said to be less damaging. Here a tiny curved blade is used to dissect the claw and remove the tiny piece of bone. Importantly the pad remains intact.
Recovery time on this procedure is very fast, and your cat will be able to walk around comfortably within a short space of time.
The down side to cosmetic declawing is that fact it is a difficult procedure. Not all veterinarians carry out declawing in this way.
If you do decide to declaw your cat, make sure to investigate the way in which the vet proposes to do so, before you go ahead.
Why People are Against Declawing?
You mean just hearing the description of the procedures hasn’t convinced you it’s a bad idea, (for the record I am against it, but will attempt to continue a narrative of objectivity for the remainder of this article.)
Beyond the issue people have with the physical process of declawing cats, they also think it is unnatural. The cat is born with claws, Darwin’s Mother Nature or God (depending on your view) brought about cat’s claws for a reason – who are we to chop them off?
Others see declawing as a way of benefiting the owner, rather than the cat, and this in no way justifies the pain that they have to go through.
I am sure you will have your opinion too. (Feel free to add them to the comments section below).
Cat Declawing – Any Justifiable Reasons?
In that attempt of unbiased reporting I talked about earlier – is there any justification for cat declawing?
Well there are a couple of reasons worth mentioning. Sometimes claws have to be removed for medical reasons. A claw can get tumors, or is for some reason it has become damaged through an accident, ill health or old age – removing the claw can be the best action.
In some instances the claws may need to be removed due to the character of the cat. Some troubled cats can be very scratchy, clawing at humans that cross their path. If you have a small baby around, declawing a cat may certainly be preferable to giving him away.
In less severe examples, cats are declawed because they may be difficult around the house – tearing up furniture etc. However, for me this final reason does not count. Owners take the risk of cats being like this when they choose to have one. If your feline companion is attacking the furniture, train him not to do so – don’t just chop off his claws.
Cat Declawing – The Bottom Line
Well I guess my opinion presented itself a few times through out this article.
The fact is, declawing is a rather nasty procedure and it is against what nature intended.
Sure, in some instances, as a last resort the declawing route may be necessary. However, for most of us, our cats should be fully clawed and we have no real right to change that.