Thinking of declawing your cat?
If you've ever thought about declawing your
pet please take a moment to learn why this irrevocable surgery is not just unnecessary,
but extremely cruel and inhumane.
The procedure of declawing is amputating the last joint of the cat's toe!
The human equivilant would be removing the tips of the fingers, not just trimming
or removing of the nails. This is an outdated "solution" to the problem
of cat scratching, and the complications far outweigh any benefits one might
hope to gain.
Lack of solid facts is the main reason why pet owners decide to have their
cats declawed. They don't stop to think of the real reason behind their cat's
what risks are involved with declawing, and if there are better solutions.
1) Scratching is NATURAL and INSTINCTUAL for cats
2) You CAN NOT stop a cat from scratching
Well damn it, right? This instinctual habit of theirs feels like an unfunny joke to my personal belongings! Why must that be so?
Why do cats scratch?
1) Marking their territory
3) Removing the dead outer shell of the nail
Scratching is necessary for a cat to maintain physical and emotion health. Although it is an instinctual habit, scratching can be trained into acceptable
behavior that will make both you and your pet happy.
See How to keep your cat happy and maintain your furniture and sanity for a great step-by-step guide.
What you can do to keep you and your cat happy:
1) Re-train their scratching habits into an acceptable behavior, and/or
their nails, or get claw covers.
The quick, autonomous solution I endorse and
would recommend to anyone is Soft Paws/Soft Claws.
They're bits of latex that cover the claws and each set lasts about 4-6 weeks.
For about $16 (including shipping) you can purchase a set of 40 covers that will last your cat about
4-6 months. They take just a moment to apply, and your cats rarely even notice
they are on. They completely cover the claw so that your cat will still be able
to make the physical motion of scratching, but your furniture will stay in perfect
shape. My 3 indoor-only cats have been using them for years and none of us
have any complaints. Right after application they usually want to groom their paws and may even do a little nibbling. To avoid this and to reinforce the idea that Soft Paws application time = a good time for your cats, lavish them with love afterwards. They get too distracted and forget about their paws! It's good to know that if they were to get outside for
any extended period of time that the Soft Paws would fall off and they would
have use of their natural defense methods. Not to mention my furniture is in
tact, the cats looks adorable, and when they "make biscuits" on my lap I don't
For tons more useful information please visit the Educate!
Don't Amputate! home page. I've linked some of the articles above, but there
is a lot more to see and read at that site. If you're still considering declawing
PLEASE take some time to find more information. Nice furniture is nice, but
you don't have a responsibility to a couch or a relationship with a recliner.
Remember, the cats that you have taken into your home depend on you to make
the right decisions for THEIR health and happiness. If you have any questions give me a holler or post on the EDA
message board for a faster reply.