February 14, 2017
February Save Ten Special
Imagine this: You’re waking up from a long nap to find yourself in extreme pain. Each of your fingertips has been amputated down to the first knuckle. You are unable to use your hands normally and comfortably until weeks have passed, perhaps even months. Sounds like some sort of medieval torture, right? Wrong. This is what we do to cats when we have them declawed.
Sound extreme? It is. That’s why many vets won’t even perform the surgery anymore. A cat’s claws grow from tiny pieces of bone, and in order to keep the claw from growing back, veterinarians must remove that bone completely. There are multiple ways of doing the surgery, but all are very time-consuming and painful for the cat….and 99.9 percent of the time, it’s completely unnecessary. (The only time we advocate for declawing a cat is if a claw has a tumor, infection, or is damaged and removal is medically necessary.) The surgery is painful, and the recovery time can be lengthy. Even after that, there can be complications; you can’t sterilize this area, so infections are likely. Not to mention that if your kitty ever gets out of your house and outside, it will have no way to defend itself against predators.
The majority of the time, the reason for getting a cat declawed is to benefit the owner, not the cat. Usually, the kitty is clawing and destroying furniture or rugs. This, believe it or not, is often reason enough for many people to surrender their cat to a shelter. In our opinion, pets are family members and are much more important than couches and chairs – – but to keep your furniture scratch-free, there are many other solutions that don’t involve extreme surgery!
Keep in mind that clawing is a healthy and normal behavior for cats. Feel free to mix and combine these techniques to find what works for your cat. Does your cat like sisal or carpeted scratching posts? Does Feliway keep your kitty away from furniture, or does citrus spray work better? Every cat is different, but every cat is also trainable – there is no reason to have your cat declawed when it is possible to fix the issue using these tips.