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Debunking Declawing – Why You Should Leave Your Cat’s Paws Alone

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Cats can be a handful. They claw your furniture, your legs, your carpet, anything they can get their paws on. It is not unusual for cat owners to seek a way out of the scratch-marks and destroyed home furnishings.

For this reason, many cat owners look into declawing, or onychectomy, as an option to curb their cat’s natural tendency to scratch everything in sight.

The Bitter Truth of Declawing

Debunking Declawing – Why You Should Leave Your Cat’s Paws Alone The fact is, declawing your cat is one of the most harmful procedures you can impose on them. Onychectomy is incredibly painful for the cat’s paws and creates a host of potential health risks throughout its life. The procedure involves removing not just the claws, but the connecting ligaments and bones from the cat’s paws. If you would cringe at the thought of cutting off a human’s fingers at the knuckle, you should cringe at the notion of declawing your cat.

Additionally, declawing victims are prone to infection, nerve damage, and lameness due to their preferred method of walking (on their toes) being stripped from them. They are essentially forced to relearn how to use their paws, just like a human would have to relearn having to hold things without a majority of their fingers.

Healthier Alternatives

Never fear, cat lovers; there are a plethora of alternative options to keep your cats, and furniture, happy and healthy.

Debunking Declawing – Why You Should Leave Your Cat’s Paws Alone

By regularly trimming your feline friend’s claws, you can lessen the damage they cause to your belongings. You can also apply temporary nail caps to the claws to cut down on the destruction.

Besides directly altering the claws themselves, investing in a nice scratching post can distract your cat from your new sofa. Be sure to demonstrate the proper technique to young kittens to encourage them to scratch the post.

There are always better options available than declawing, and the procedure is illegal in most of Europe for a good reason. If you love your cats, love them claws and all. They’ll thank you for it.