Should You De-Claw Your Cat?

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Should You De-Claw Your Cat?
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While some pet owners think that de-clawing is a necessary drill when you adopt a cat, others are dead against the idea. If your cat has been clawing up the furniture and you’re considering de-clawing him, we tell you whether or not it’s a good idea.

How is the de-clawing procedure done?

Most people think that de-clawing is just about trimming a feline’s nails to keep those scratching sprees in check. However, there’s more to it than that. De-clawing is as good as amputating a part of your cat’s paws, since you don’t just remove the claws, but also the bone that it is attached to, during the surgery. The reason this is done is so that the claws do not grow back.There are different ways through which cats can be declawed. In one of the procedures a guillotine-like surgical instrument is used to cut the claw-bone at the joint. When the cat’s paw pads are cut, they experience discomfort while walking, as a part of the cushioning that holds the weight is missing. In another procedure, a part of the claw-bone is dissected out, keeping the paw pad tissues as it is. This causes lesser discomfort and pain post-surgery and takes lesser time to heal, but at the end of the day, any kind of a de-clawing procedure is the same as chopping of a part of your fingers. Sounds cruel and scary? Well it’s no different with your feline pet. If you had to choose between saving your furniture and your fingers, would you think twice? There’s also the problem of after-surgery pain, infection and complications, why de-clawing your cat is a bad idea

What alternatives do you have to de-clawing?

There are many humane alternatives to de-clawing your cat. Get him a scratch post. If your cat doesn’t take to the scratch-post instantly, try rubbing some cat nip on it, to help him take a liking to it. You can also regularly take your feline to have his claws


, so his clawing behavior does not do any damage to household objects. Ideally, you want to start training your cat to get his destructive scratching behavior under control from a young age. It may be slightly more difficult to train an adult cat to stop clawing at furniture and other household objects. Some pet parents also fit soft claw caps on their felines, and secure it with glue, so it stays put. It should be done carefully, as it is not uncommon for pet parents to carelessly glue the cat’s toes together in the process. It will take a couple of days before cats get accustomed to these soft claws. Either way, these alternatives are a far better choice than de-clawing your pet.

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