What you should know about declawing your cat

God has provided cats with claws with a purpose in mind. If it had been a useless thing it would have turned into a vestige (like a tail in humans). Nature has provided cats with claws for self defense, so that they can protect themselves from enemies. If you declaw your cat and by chance in gets out on its own, who is going to protect your cat against those rowdy dogs? Cats have a natural habit of scratching in order to get rid of old worned out nail and to expose fresh sharp nail. Scratching is like an exercise for your cat. It helps in toning and stretching her muscles. Cats gain pleasure from this activity. Please don’t take that pleasure from your cat.

However her habit of scratching can cause you a lot of alarm if she starts scratching your furniture or attacks you or someone else at home. But that does not mean that you would declaw your cat. Imagine if your little one starts breaking your glass crockery would you tie his hands as an alternative.

No you won’t, instead you will teach him not to do so.

Similarly your pet cat is like a baby, don’t be cruel to it. There are other ways of preventing your cat from spoiling your furniture:

• Train your cat: teach your cat to behave properly in a human home. Install a scratching post for her preferably near her bed and train her to use that post only, for fulfilling her scratching pleasures.

• Using ‘soft paws’. These are small caps which can be applied over the cat nails so that the sharp nails cannot cause any damage. However they need to be replaced when the nails grow out. Some cats simply hate them and pick them off.

• Get the nails of your pet regularly trimmed by your vet.

Declawing is a painful procedure. It involves the amputation of the last joint of the cat’s paws( medically known as onychectomy). Many people regard declawing as nail trimming but it is more than that and consists of surgical removal of the nail bed (which is attached to the last joint). Kittens should be over 3-4 months old. Please don’t inflict the poor animal to so much pain. Removal by lazer is less painful as compared to traditional sawing of bones. However the lazer surgery is much more expensive.

I am not very sure about the actual cost. But from what I have read on the internet declawing can cost you anywhere between 100-2000$, depending on whether you are getting lazer surgery or traditional one and how old is your cat. Ideally kittens should be over 3-4 months old at the time of getting declawed. If performed on older cats the duration of hospital stay will be longer, thus the entire procedure will be more costly.

Go for this option only under dire circumstances. For example consider a situation: you are suffering from AIDS and you cannot live without playing with your cat. The alterative methods mentioned above have not worked for you. You are at a life threatening situation because a single scratch from your cat could result in fatal infection.Under these circumstances it is justified to get your cat declawed othervise not.

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