Stop: Don’t Declaw That Cat!
This article is not a debate about the pros and cons of the removal of a cat’s claws (declawing). This article concludes that there are no pros to this issue and comes out firmly against the procedure.
Declawing a cat is illegal in many countries and officially deemed to be inhumane in others. Why then do some people still consider getting their cat declawed?
A major reason could be misunderstanding exactly what declawing is. The procedure does not just mean removing your cat’s nails, it involves cutting off each of the animal’s front toes at the front joint, that is the bone, ligaments and tendons. This is amputation.
There is often misunderstanding too about the after affects of the surgery.
Cats feel pain and they can be in postoperative pain for a week or longer after declawing.