There are countless web sites about why people shouldn't declaw their cats. I think their reasons are misguided and often times, just plain incorrect. Here, I would like to accurately explain what actually happens when a cat is declawed and why it is NOT inhumane.
Reason 1: The toes and pads are NOT amputated.
This a concept that is the most curcial for people to understand, yet easiest to misinterpret. I have updated this section in hopes to explain it better. Many people will tell you that declawing means cutting off the ends of the cat's toes. This is just not true. View the diagrams below. Fig. A shows the bones in a cat's finger (or toe as the case may be). In fact, they are the same two bones as in a human finger, see Fig. B. Cats have a unique third part of their finger, a bone called the distal phalanx. This bone, and connecting tendons, allows cats to retract their claws, a unique characteristic to this animal. Cats do NOT use this bone to walk or for balance. They walk on their four paws just like we walk on our two feet, using the toes in the exact same way.
Anyway, this third bone is all that is amputated. NOT the toes, NOT the pads. The front paws' pads become no more callused than the back ones, because the claws weren't doing anything the help them walk in the first place. Look at your cat's paws right now. The claws are nestled snuggly out of the way, ABOVE the pads! Some people will tell you that declawing is just like cutting off the first bones in a humans fingers. This is totally misguided! Cats don't use their last bone to walk!
|Figure A||Figure B|
Some people will say that a cat still may need his claws to stop or steady himself while climbing or running around like a mad cat, or other activities. Let me make it known that vets are discouraged to declaw the back paws to prevent this problem.
Reason 2: The pain issue.
A few things are pretty obvious when talking about pain and declawing so I am just gonna rattle off some statements here:
Reason 3: Laser Declawing!
Seals nerve endings! Lasers cut tissue with a beam of light, which seals the nerve endings so there is very little pain when they wake up.
Seals blood vessels! Lasers also seal blood vessels as they cut so there is usually no need for bandaging after surgery.
On the prowl the very next day! Since there are no bandages your furry friend can be up to normal speed the next day and... without leaving his usual trade "marks" on your furniture and skin!
Reason 4: What Trauma?
I have never had nor heard of a cat who was psychologically traumatized by not having his claws. The only trauma I could guess is if the surgery was done wrong, but we covered that part already. I personally think this idea is stupid. Obviously, you shouldn't declaw an outdoor cat, BUT you should keep your cat indoors anyway, right? Let's talk about the inhumanity of letting your cats outside!
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