What you’re about to read may disturb you as it relates to cat declawing. We’re not advocates of cat declawing nor are we naysayers; rather, we’re here to give you the information so you can decide for yourself if this is the right move for your cat.
First of all, what is cat declawing? Simply stated, cat declawing is the removal of the claws. One may think simple enough, it’s like removing toenails (even though one may surmise that would be awfully painful, too). Rather, cat declawing consists of several amputations. The last bone of each front toe is removed and tendons, nerves, and muscles are severed.
Cat declawing, or onychectomy, is a major procedure for your cat. While it’s thought of as typically an American occurrence, some experts may argue that declawing your cat may reduce their ability to self-defend in case they’re attacked by other animals. Some may also say they’re being deprived of their ancestral and instinctual behaviors to climb, exercise, and mark territory. While cat declawing surgery involves anesthesia, there could be complications with that as well as bleeding, infection, and extensive tissue damage. According to a 2001 report, thirty-three percents of declawed cats suffer at least one behavioral issue after declawing surgery.
At The Dog Bowl, nothing is more important than your pets’ health and well being. For more information about cat declawing please contact your local veterinarian.