Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny
Declawing a cat is not a decision that should be taken lightly because of the long-term effects the declaw can have. Cats that have been declawed have their last joint on their toes removed. Since cats actually walk on their toes it can make for a painful recovery.
Any cat owner will tell you that cats have a very psychological side. Some times the complications of the claw removal can go beyond the recovery. All breeds of cat can become so stressed at their lack of defense they will become removed or quicker to bite when frightened. Many cats end up in shelters because of behaviors stemming from the insecurity of being declawed.
Probably the most important thing to consider when making the decision is: “Do you know you will be able to keep your cat the remainder of his life?” Should you have to re-home her or him there are no guarantees once she or he leaves you. Lack of claws will make it almost impossible for her or him to defend herself or himself in the outside world. It will also make it difficult should she or he ever need to catch his own food.
If you decide that you don’t want to get your cat’s claws removed there is still help. Make sure to offer a sturdy scratching post or look at other scratch preventatives like adhesive nail covers. We have provided additional resources here: declawing a cat solutions.
If you know for certain you want a cat without claws, check your local rescues, like Ragdoll rescue, where you will find all wonderful breeds of cat and with a variety of ages. Many are have their claws removed and are spayed or neutered.