What are the declawing cats pros and cons? All cats are born with claws and in the wild, claws are a defence mechanism as well as a means to catch and kill prey, but for domestic cats, claws are pretty much a defunct apparatus that is typically used for disemboweling small rodents and hacking the sofa to bits.
Declawing cats is something of an emotive subject. Veterinarians and pet owners are generally divided as to whether declawing a cat is a good thing, or not. Some believe the procedure is cruel and causes unnecessary pain and suffering, whereas proponents of the declawing procedure think that a cat without claws is less likely to cause damage to furniture, other pets, and of course the owner. So what are the declawing cats pros and cons and should you consider having your cat declawed?
What are the pros of declawing cats?
1. Declawing a cat is essential if the cat suffers damage to the claw or a tumor develops at the base of the claw. Removing the claw and small joint of bone from which the claw grows will be the only way to prevent further damage.
2. Declawing a cat might be necessary if the cat’s owner has immune system problems or is on blood thinning medication—one small scratch and the injury could prove fatal.
3. If the animal is proving to be extremely destructive and is clawing up the furniture and carpets, declawing is always going to be a preferred option compared to sending the cat to an animal shelter, or worse, euthanizing them.
What are the cons of declawing cats?
1. Cats are born with claws, so removing them purely for cosmetic purposes is inhumane and cruel. It is no different to removing your fingernail along with the tip of your finger, and nobody in their right mind would choose to have that done.
2. Declawing a cat is going to cause them a great deal of unnecessary pain and suffering. Although there is more than one way to perform the procedure, no method is pain free and the cat is likely to experience an awful lot of discomfort after the operation.
3. Once a cat has had its claws removed, it is essentially defenseless, so it will not be able to go outside unless the area is completely safe from potential predators. This might not be a problem if the cat was already a house cat, but if the animal is used to going outside regularly, being confined to the house is likely to cause psychological trauma.
4. Some cats develop post surgical infections after a declawing procedure. Unlike in humans, it is impossible to sterilize the foot of a cat, and since the animal will need to use a litter tray once it is back on its feet, the area can easily become contaminated with bacteria.
5. If the declawing operation is incorrectly performed, the claw can still partially grow back, which might lead to abscesses forming and further health problems.
6. There are very few veterinarians willing to perform declawing operations as the majority feel that it is an unnecessary surgery.