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Love Your Kitty: Keep Those Claws!
Here at Old Maid Cat Lady, we have a great respect for a cat's claws. They're an integral part of a cat being a cat!
A cat uses claws for:
Some people believe that declawing a cat is okay and swear their cats don't know that they don't have claws. We would beg to differ. Even though a cat may go through the motions of scratching as though the claws were there, kitty's not getting the full benefit of the action. It's the resistance of the claws against the scratching surface that strengthens your cat's front leg muscles. And if you observe your cat closely, you may find other ways in which the lack of claws has affected kitty.
Additionally, declawing is one of the most painful procedures that can be performed on a cat. Declaw surgery, for which the medical term is "onychectomy", is so painful that it has been used to test the effectiveness of new anesthesia drugs. Did you know that this surgery is actually outlawed in many countries around the world as being inhumane?
Declawing is, in truth, amputation of a cat's fingers at the first joint. Can you imagine having this done to you? How would you function without your fingertips? And just imagine if you walked around on those fingers, as a cat walks on its paws. Cats naturally walk on their toes, so the pain of putting their weight on amputated toes causes them to shift it onto the "heels" of their hands, an unnatural gait which can lead to shoulder and back pain, and arthritis later in life. Immediately after surgery, the cat's paws are so painful that kitty may associate this pain with digging in the litter box and never use the box again.
And without their first line of defense, some cats become more fearful and aggressive, cowering and biting at the people who mutilated their paws. Sadly, uninformed owners have surrendered such cats to shelters for their "bad" or "crazy" behavior, when it's something they themselves caused. Many of these poor, hapless kitties are killed as being "unadoptable" for this same behavior, which was entirely the fault of the people who had this done to them.
And yet, some U.S. veterinarians actually encourage their clients to have this crippling surgery done to their cats, and unknowing people who have never owned cats before go along with it! These same veterinarians lobby against any laws aimed at making the surgery illegal in the U.S. Why? Because they make a lot of money performing the surgery. This is deplorable.
While making finger amputation in cats illegal will not prevent unscrupulous vets from performing the surgery, a responsible vet who genuinely cares about the welfare of cats would never encourage a cat guardian to have it done. They would, in fact, explore every alternative with someone before reluctantly performing such unnecessary surgery. Many will not perform it at all, and we thank them for that.
Think about it: your furniture is just stuff. Your cat is a living, sentient being who will love you unconditionally. Is the condition of mere furniture really worth sacrificing the health and welfare of your precious cat? Of course it's not. Yes, some furniture is very expensive, or perhaps a family heirloom that can't be replaced, but declawing is not the only option.
So what do you do if your cat is trying to destroy your upholstered furniture, or constantly attacking you? Here are some humane solutions:
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