Have you ever wondered whether or not declawing your cat is bad? Well if you have, then today you’re finally going to find out. Some people mistakenly think that declawing their cats is the best and simple “fix” to unwanted scratching. People that think this are actually causing more problems for themselves. Declawing can make a cat less likely to use the litter box or more likely to bite, along with the lasting physical problems it can cause for the cat.
Around the world declawing has been banned. The Humane Society of the United States is against declawing except when it is necessary for medical purposes, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors.
People who are afraid of being scratched, especially those with bleeding disorders, may declaw their cats hoping their health will be protected. However, disease specialists don’t recommend declawing cats. The risk is higher from bites, cat litter, or fleas carried by cats than by scratches.
The Truth About Cats and Scratching:
The truth is that scratching is just a normal behavior of cats. Scratching isn’t done to destroy beautiful furniture or to get payback. Cats scratch to stretch their muscles, mark their territory, and remove dead husks from their claws.
Cats usually start scratching when they are about 8 weeks old. This is the perfect time to train kittens to allow nail trims and to use a scratching post. Pet owners should not consider declawing for unwanted scratching. Cause declawing can lead to different behavior problems that could be worse than the scratching of your favorite furniture.
What is Declawing?
Most of the time, people mistakenly think that declawing is just removing a cat’s nails- equivalent to having your fingernail trimmed, but the truth is far worse.
Traditionally, declawing is the amputation of the last bone of each toe. If this was performed on a human being, it would be equivalent to cutting off each finger at the last knuckle.
In conclusion, declawing should be something saved only for rare occasions. Declawing also is not the answer to your problems, it is the key to more problems. There are also ways to train your cats so they don’t scratch your favorite furniture, all you have to do is search theses ways on the internet.