The issue of declawing cats is a subject of debate among animal welfare advocates, veterinarians, and cat owners. Declawing, also known as onychectomy, involves the surgical removal of a cat’s claws. While it may seem like a solution to prevent scratching-related issues, it is important to understand the potential impact and consequences of this procedure on cats.
What is Declawing?
Declawing is the process of removing claws completely from a cat. It’s not just trimming the claws back but removing the whole claw joint.
It would be the same as removing the last segment of your fingers and toes to get rid of your nails – does that sound fun to you?
Some people choose to declaw their cats to protect their furniture or to make it easier to hug their cat. Some argue it benefits an indoor cat’s health, but it doesn’t.
Cats primarily walk on their toes – imagine walking on the recent site of your removed bones? It can be extremely painful during recovery.
There is a risk of surgical complications during declawing, including infections, lameness, and even claw regrowth – the traumatic procedure could be for naught!
Sometimes, declawing can lead to long-term pain problems for your cat, which can cause them severe issues with mobility and stress.
Removing a bone can cause your cat to suffer with their joints – it can also mean they try to walk in an unnatural way, putting added pressure on their bodies.
Litter Box Avoidance
Cats may avoid using the litter box if they can’t use their claws to walk comfortably on the litter or bury their waste, meaning they may go to the toilet around your home.
Lack of Defense
Cats have claws as a defense mechanism – removing that will leave cats feeling vulnerable to predators, especially when outdoors.
Cats have a natural urge to scratch, which doesn’t go away with claw removal, but they cannot relieve that stress. Cats that are declawed often develop behavioral issues.
Michigan lawmakers have introduced House Bill 4674, which would ban specific medical procedures if passed, including declawing. Opponents have claimed that it can be necessary for the health of the cat (wrong) and the health of the owner’s property – talk about wrong priorities!
Already Banned Elsewhere
Michigan wouldn’t be the first state to ban declawing, and hopefully, it won’t be the last. New York was the first state to ban the practice in 2019, and Maryland banned it in 2022.
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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,