Declawing my Cat Reduce Damage to Household Items?
The Wisconsin Humane
Society works hard to save cats. We provide extensive
medical services and socialization for cats that
are abandoned and we love every one of them for
their beauty and unique personalities. The last
thing that we want is for anything bad to happen
to any cat. That is the reason that we actively
educate people about the perils of declawing their
cat. And, we're confident that if people take our
message to heart and follow some easy instructions
on safeguarding their furniture, they will not need
to have their cat declawed.
Many people assume that having their cat declawed
is a routine and necessary activity. Nothing could
be further from the truth. It is easy to train a
cat to use a good scratching post and WHS has cat
and guardian approved scratching posts available
for sale. The post should be at least 30" tall,
mounted in a stable base and covered with sisal
rope. For more information about cat training, click
here to email your question to Ask the Expert.
Here are some more
eye-opening facts and opinions about declawing:
- Cat guardians who
elect to have their cat's paws declawed generally
do so with the belief that they will never have
to deal with fabric damage due to destructive
scratching problems. However, paw sensitivity
resulting from the declaw operation may result
in litterbox avoidance and urine-soaked furnishings
- While declawing
is a popular and lucrative practice in the United
States, it is not practiced in European countries.
It is against the law in many countries including
England, Germany and Switzerland.
- Without their number
one defense system many declawed cats resort to
nipping or biting with very little warning. They
often use oral means to express their insecurity
and this may also result in destructive chewing
- Destructive scratching
problems are 100% correctable. Providing the cat
with suitable scratching targets and behavior
modification to satisfy this instinctive behavior
and encouraging appropriate behavior is generally
all that is required.
- Dr. Nicholas Dodman,
author of "The Cat Who Cried for Help" and director
of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University
School of Veterinary Medicine has the following
to say about the procedure: "Declawing fits the
dictionary definition of mutilation to a tee.
Words such as deform, disfigure, disjoint and
dismember all apply to this surgery - in veterinary
medicine, the clinical procedure serves as a model
of severe pain for the testing of analgesic drugs."
- Declawing is actually
multiple amputations comparable to the removal
of human fingertips at the first knuckle. Sensory
and motor nerves are cut, damaged and destroyed.
Recovery from the surgery is a slow and painful
process. This procedure can hamper the sensations
and enjoyment involved in walking, running, springing,
climbing and stretching.
- "Declawing is an
inhumane, unnecessary procedure that has many
alternatives. It is never in the cat's best interest.
With declawing, we are interfering with a species'
nature because of our own whims, misconceptions,
misinformation and sometimes, laziness." Neil
- Cats, like
people, react differently to physical handicaps.
Some appear to be unaffected and others become
nervous and defensive. When a dramatic temperament
or behavior change occurs, the cat guardian often
decides to relinquish their cat or have him or
her euthanized by a veterinarian.