Declawing of cats
Is this good for the cat? Does it hurt? Is it even legal to do? Are there other options? I feel that a cat should never be declawed but many don’t agree with me. I feel its inhumane how would you like the end of your toes cut off?
Everywhere in the US declawing is legal except in 7 California cities (Santa Monica, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, , Culver City). Denver Co. is the only other city outside Ca. where it is illegal. New York is working on a bill where it would be illegal in the whole state. There are nearly 2 dozen countries where it is illegal to declaw.
Declawing is most often performed to prevent damage to household furniture. About 25% of cats are declawed per the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Their current policy on declawing is to do only as a last resort to control scratching or if it presents a human risk. People often think that declawing is the removal of the cats nail like having your nails trimmed but it’s not. It is the amputation of the last bone of each toe. There are 3 methods to do this scalpel, guillotine trimmers, laser. There is no scientific data to prove that cats with nail are more likely to be euthanized, released, abandoned, or turned in to a shelter. So why do it?
There are several reasons, they use their nails to exercise and stretch their muscles, protection from predators or abusers, impaired balance from loss of toes, more likely to bite for protection if they lose their nails, and they may even start not using the litter box.
Yet there is an option it’s called soft paws. This is the best of both worlds, you trim the cat’s nail and place a cap over the end with some adhesive and they last 4 to 6 weeks. As the nail grows it falls off and can be reapplied. I think that this would make everyone happy especially the cat since this doesn’t hurt.
http://m.humanesociety.org Declawing cats: Far worse than a manicure
https://www.avma.org Declawing of Domestic Cats – American Veterinary Medical Association