In the United States, the declawing of cats is thought of as an "easy" surgery. One that about 25% of all American house cats have undergone. The truth is much different.
Did you know that in some countries declawing your cat is illegal, if not done for medical reasons? Or that some American veterinarians refuse to do this very invasive surgery?
What everyone thinks is such an easy surgery is actually an amputation. We aren't talking just trimming the nails, or even just removing the nails. A cat's claws actually develop within the bones of the cat's toes. To remove them requires the amputation of all or part of the toe's end bones.
The equivalent to humans would be like having all of your fingers (and possibly toes, if the cat's back claws are taken too) amputated down to the first joint. Sound like an easy surgery to you?
I thought not.
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Should Declawing Be Outlawed in America?
Thank you, Mr. Claus!
That was an absolutely fascinating article, have to think about that one for awhile! :)
I have two inside cats that still have all their claws. They have a scratching post and they are really good about using it rather than the furniture. If that changes, they'll be getting these nail covers in a heartbeat.
Cat Claw Covers are a great option for those who don't want to declaw. We have one inside cat with claws, but he doesn't do too much damage.
I am not an American and I am totally against the removal of claws just because the owner doesn't want claw marks on their furniture. I prefer to shoot water at the cats from one of those "water guns" for flowers to make them stop. Unless I can trim their claws, that is.
What a wonderful and lovely option. My daughters, and cat lovers, are going to love this. We have an older cat we adopted that was already declawed out of vet pressure and ignorance, it was so common and yet we feel really bad for her. She acts as if she's sharpening her claws like our other cat that has claws. Our youngest cat is not declawed and we have no regrets. But I would love giving the claw covers a go as she sets on my lap working her claws into my leg which can be painful. I love the variety of colors in these cute humane claw covers. Thanks for the wonderful option. :)K
I've heard that these do work. Good to inform cat owners about options. I'm not in favor of passing more laws, but I'm not in favor of declawing either.
Never knew there were such a thing.