Wednesday, February 20, 2008

To Declaw or Not to Declaw a Cat?

There is only one correct answer: NO! Declawing is very much misunderstood. Some people think it is nothing but a nail clipping. Actually, it is more than that.

In many countries, declawing is considered inhumane. The claws are not toenails, but a part of the bone. So, declawing is more than just a nail job. It is a serious surgical operation because it is like cutting off the last joint in your cat's toe. There is pain involved in the recuperative period because of the sore wound, and from walking which the cat must still do. Imagine cutting off your finger at the base where it connects to your hand. It's not a pleasant thought, isn't it?

There is also the psychological, or emotional, side effect of declawing. Claws are your cat's weapons for self-defense, out in the yards or among other cats. Declawing them makes them more insecure and vulnerable. Maybe some doctors would disagree with me, but I don't think they know all the things that needs to be known. Plus, other doctors would diagree with them as well. More than once, in friends' homes where several cats live, I've found that the one that was declawed lived a life withdrawn from the rest. What a price to pay just to keep the furniture scratchless.

The countries that have declared declawing inhumane and illegal are: England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Belgium, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Yugoslavia, and Japan. Could they be telling us something?

Need more information with some very enlightening diagrams? Try this site:
http://www.declawing.com/htmls/declawing.htm

Please, don't even consider declawing your cat!

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