Declawing is NOT the Answer

I once had a friend who was owned by a large, beautiful Siamese cat. This friend also lived in a very luxurious home with silk wall coverings. Tia (the cat) took a liking to the walls and would run at full tilt and jump up about four feet and land on the wall with claws on all four paws fully extended, and then slowly slide down. You can imagine the mess this made of the wall. My friend decided that it was time to take Tia’s claws out. He only had the front two paws done trying to keep her from any pain??? Small difference between the pain of two paws and four, but he didn’t see it that way.

Well, Tia came home and recuperated for two weeks. Of course, my friend had to shred newspapers daily because kitty litter was a no-no on Tia’s poor feet. After three days of this chore and seeing his cat in pain, he began to rethink his idea of declawing Tia. But what was done, was done. There was no going back. When she was completely healed, the walls fixed, and my friend very proud of himself for achieving all of this with no mishaps, we watched as Tia took off running at full tilt, jumped four feet up, landed on the new silk wall and proceeded to slide down with her back paws. About halfway down she got stuck and hung upside down for as long as it took to get to the wall and remove her. She didn’t get hurt, though I can’t say the same for the new wall covering.

I guess the moral of the story is: Do not declaw your cat. Not only is it painful and medically unnecessary, but it will not eliminate your cat’s unwanted behavior. Just like a puppy or a small child, it is your responsibility to teach your pet what his or her “toys” are and what behavior is not acceptable. Also, declawing prohibits a cat from climbing. So if a declawed cat ever slipped out of the house (and they can find a way) they would not be able to climb a tree to escape a predator. That could have very fatal consequences for your cat.

Would anyone like to add more reasons why a cat owners should not declaw?

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6 Responses to Declawing is NOT the Answer

  1. Laura says:

    There’s tons of reasons why cat owners should not declaw their cats. But, I think the most important is that cats NEED their claws, and their toe ends that are also amputated as part of declawing. Cats need their claws and toes for walking, climbing, traction, jumping, grooming, grasping objects, stretching, digging, and defense. I could go on and on listing things cats need their claws for.

    Cats come with claws and once removed the cat is permanently disfigured and disabled. Behavioral problems abound with declawed cats and as a result they are often thrown out or surrended to shelters. Cats with behavioral issues (biting, not using the litterbox, etc.) are rarely adopted and often face euthanasia. All because their owner was either not made aware of the seriousness and consequences, too lazy to train the cat, or they value material possessions over a living being.

    A cat’s claws are not optional equipment to be chopped off and discarded like trash. More people need to realize that. Many other civilized countries, and a few cities in California have already banned declawing. It’s time the rest of the USA and Canada put an end to declawing.

  2. Ruth says:

    There are SO MANY reasons not to declaw that I made a whole blog of them :
    http://kattaddorra.blogspot.com/2009/05/putting-straight-some-facts-about.html

  3. Barbara says:

    I am glad on two counts, firstly and most importantly that Tia made a good recovery,and secondly I am delighted that this smug friend in his house of luxury still ended up getting his wallpaper ruined, that is poetic justice.

    More reasons not to declaw a cat?
    1) Because a cat comes with claws, that says it all, they should be there!
    2) Because they don’t “take the claws out” but amputate the last joint of each toe, that is 10 or 18 seperate amputations
    3) because in 38 countries declawing is rightly banned as inhumane
    4) because it is banned in West Hollywood
    5) because it will soon be banned in Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles,so it is starting to happen in the USA
    6) because surely no one who considers themselves to be a cat lover would want to deliberately cripple a perfect, graceful creature, risking loss of paws, limbs or life.

    People need to get it into their heads that they do not have the right to adapt an animal to their specifications. Owning cats is optional, claws are not.

    petition to AVMA calling for a ban on declawing
    http://www.petitionthem.com/default.asp?sect=detail&pet=4312

  4. Everycat says:

    A society that allows people to cripple pet cats for life on whim, fancy or belief of myth encourages the rest of society to view animals as alterable, disposable, unfeeling entertainment machines.

    Cats are perfect with their claws.

  5. Michele S. says:

    I agree with all the comments posted by Terra, and would just like to add a few additional reasons why I believe declawing is a wicked thing to do.

    Scratching with their front paws is the only way in which cats can exercise the muscles in their paws and upper body. In order to remove the segment of bone from which the claws grow, it has to be amputated. This causes the cat to walk differently and alters their posture, which leads to arthritis later on in life. Cats can have accidents inside the home and if ever they slip off somewhere high, being able to grip on with their claws can prevent them from becoming injured.

    Declawing is illegal in all member states of the European Union on the grounds that vets consider it to be a form of animal cruelty which causes great suffering. All it takes to teach a cat claw maners is patience and kindness, and anyone lacking those basic qualities really isn’t suited to keeping a cat.

  6. Terra says:

    Other reasons not to declaw: 1) Since the cat loses its first means of defense, it will learn to bite when upset/aggitated. 2) It can cause litter box issues in the future. 3) It’s a lazy and selfish alternative to housebreaking your cat (teaching it to scratch a scratching post and not your couch). 4) It’s expensive. 5) It’s medically unnecessary. 6) It’s cruel. 7) It’s dumb.