Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny
All products featured on the site are independently selected by the editor of Floppycats, Jenny Dean. However, when you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Floppycats also accepts private sponsorships and participates as an affiliate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. You can read our full disclosure at the bottom of the page.Did you know that declawing is illegal in most countries? In England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand it is considered inhumane and illegal. Declawing a cat has been a very popular thing in the United States. Actually, we are the only country that really declaws our cats. Many of our non-USA readers are not familiar with the practice of declawing. Declawing is a surgery performed to remove the last bone in your cat’s toe and claw. The surgery is usually performed on just the two front paws; however, some cat owners choose to have the back paws done as well.
Why Do People DeclawMost Americans have their cat declawed to avoid dealing with the cat scratching and destroying their furniture. Others declaw their cats because they do not want to be scratched or do not want their children to be scratched. However, if people really had an understanding of the crippling effects of cat declawing, they would think twice about doing it and hopefully choose not to do it altogether. Heck, one Google image search of a bad cat declaw will make your stomach turn.
Cat Health Problems That Arise from DeclawingAs with any surgery and post-surgery procedures, there are cat health issues that can arise from declawing your cat. One common problem is that a cat will stop using the litterbox because their paws hurt and the litter makes them worse. So while you didn’t start with a cat who peed outside the litterbox, you might get one after the fact. A cat uses its claws to release emotions as it scratches. Think about it – when your cat is excited to see you or when you come home, does she or he go and scratch? By eliminating the very claws or nails that help them release such emotions, you eliminate their ability to fully release their emotions in a positive way. Henceforth, potentially creating more detrimental ways of releasing emotion like peeing or pooping outside of the litterbox. Their claws are essential in being able to stretch their front body muscles – if they do not have their claws to dig into a scratcher or the like and stretch their muscles, then the muscles will not operate in the capacity they were designed to perform. Also, it leads to early arthritis.
Solutions BEFORE You DeclawSince the reason many Americans declaw their cats is to avoid having them scratch on furniture – you want to start with providing scratching solutions in your home that your kitty can use. We have reviewed a number of cat scratches over the years – cardboard cat scratchers, sisal scratchers and more. To see some of these great solutions, you can browse our cat scratcher reviews Here are some of our favorite scratchers:
- TopCat Scratching Post – this is a cat scratching post made of sisal, so well-constructed it will last a year or so and when it’s been used up, you can re-order another post.
- Felix Katnip Tree Company Tall Cat Scracher – this is similar to the TopCat scratcher, but has a top to it and is rectangular rather than round.
- Cardboard Cat Scratchers – my two love cardboard cat scratchers – they come in a plethora of shapes and sizes. Ones that double as a lounge are a great choice because the kitty will associate it with a place to relax.
- Felix Scratching Beam – this is a great one for those cats that like to scratch belly up on your carpeted stairs.
More Info on DeclawingThere is a wonderful project called The Paw Project that has a plethora of information about declawing – and the humane alternatives to declawing. You can also watch The Paw Project film.
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