Question by Leigh S.: Why would the local animal shelter discourage you to declaw a cat?
Do they see it as inhumane or should cats be declawed before a certain age? Most of the cats there are at least a year or two old. I would love to adopt one, but would prefer to be able to declaw it to keep my furniture intact. If they could be trained to not claw on the furniture, I could do that too, but can that be done? Cats seem to have an internal drive to claw on things.
This shelter also does not allow you to have the cat outside, which wouldn’t be the case either. I want an indoor cat.
Answer by peyton
dont do it. its not safe, and it will cause your cat bunch of pain. especially if you plan on letting your cat go outside. it will have no means to protect itself. your taking away a cats only defense.Bad things can happen that will leave you with big vet bills. The claws can re-grow up through the top of the paw and be excruciatingly painful for you cat, who will have open sores his whole life.The nails of a cat are connected TO A BONE. so you are removing a joint from the cat. its a dangerous unnecessary procedure that shoulve never been invented. why should the cat have to suffer just to satisfy your couch needs?in my opinion, a cat is ALOT more important than a material thing. a safer more friendly, and cost effective alternative would be to buy some plastic nail covers. they ome in different sizes, and colors, and you glue them on. they work like a charm. safe and painless. they will set ya back about $ 28.00 USD.
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