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Why Cats Need Their Claws

Does your kitty drive you crazy scratching? If so, have you been thinking about getting your cat declawed? You should rethink that idea. You might think that declawing is not a big deal, but it can cause permanent physical and psychological damage to your pet.

The Human Society explains, “Too often, people think that declawing is a simple surgery that removes a cat's nails—the equivalent of having your fingernails trimmed. Sadly, this is far from the truth. Declawing traditionally involves the amputation of the last bone of each toe. If performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle.”

That by itself should be sufficient to explain why it is cruel to declaw a cat unless it is absolutely medically necessary (as it might be in rare situations). But it may also help to know your pet will suffer from pain while walking thereafter. Additional risks include nerve damage, back pain, tissue death, bone spurs, infection, and improper re-growths. Some side effects may be permanent.

Plus, cats may develop behavioral problems after declawing, like biting when they used to scratch, or eliminating outside the litter box.

So, how do you solve your scratching problem? To get your pet to scratch less on unwanted surfaces, try spraying those surfaces with calming cat spray or applying sticky tape, and get your pet a scratching post.

 

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