K.C. is a 3 year old declawed tabby cat who is available for adoption at Toronto Animal Services, she is a sweet girl who was surrendered by her former owners and is now looking for a permanent home.
Declawing, or the “D” word, is sometimes seen as a normal surgery that’s done so cats won’t scratch the furniture, but what is declawing and why is it such a nasty word?
Facts about declawing – source The Paw Project
- Declawing is amputation. To declaw a cat, veterinarians cuts off the last knuckles of a cat’s paw – cutting through bone, tendons, skin and nerves.
- Declaw surgery can be an extremely painful procedure with associated health risks and complications such as infection. It is one of the most painful, routinely performed procedures in all of veterinary medicine.
- Declaw surgery can produce permanent lameness, pain or arthritis.
- Declawing is the same mutilating procedure for house cats or big cats.
- Cats may be abandoned by their owners after being declawed because the cats develop behavioral changes or other problems after the surgery including biting and urinating or defecating in unwanted areas outside of the litter box.
- Declawed cats with these behaviors are more likely to go to the pound.
- The pain of declawing sometimes causes cats to be reluctant to walk or play, and as a result, owners sometimes neglect them or mistreat them.
- Declawing is performed solely for the convenience of the person who has the animal and there is absolutely no benefit to the animal.
- Declawing is currently banned in 38 countries
The Paw Project is a non-profit and their “mission is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate cats that have been declawed.”
Alternatives to declawing include regular nail trimming, using Soft Paws® and ensuring your cat has the set up for exercising their nails the right way. Scratching is a natural instinct, by being informed and providing cats with the right tools it will let you both keep what is important.