Your Cat Declawing
Your Cat Declawing . This is a very emotional and controversial topic, but it needs to be looked at. As a cat owner who has had trouble with cats scratching in her home, it’s hard not to be biased, but let’s give the issue of declawing a fair chance and look at the pros and cons.
There are two types of surgery that are often used to get rid of this problem. One is to cut the tendon that connects a cat’s claw to its foot bone. Even though the claw is still there, the cat can’t use it because it’s no longer connected to the tendon that moves it.
In the second method, a laser is used to do the cutting. During this procedure, the lateral attachment is taken off. Next, the claw is taken off.
Proponents of both of these procedures say there isn’t much pain or blood loss. They also say that after surgery, most cats are up and running around in no time. Great!
But what they don’t say is that both procedures are invasive (as is any surgery), that both require general anesthesia, and that both can cause problems, especially for older cats. The second method is called “amputation.” They also don’t mention what many people have said, which is that their cat started biting after surgery when it hadn’t done that before. What I’ve read also doesn’t explain why so many people say their cats’ behavior changed drastically afterward.
I read that one of these people said, “This procedure will be necessary for medical reasons and other reasons as well.” But it doesn’t say any of those things.
For me, it all comes down to the question, “How would you feel if God took away a part of your body?” I can only think of one “pro.” No matter which procedure you choose, your cat won’t be able to claw your furniture and carpets afterward. But there are still a lot of “con” arguments against this.
We had a terrible time with our cat Milo when he got a lower urinary tract infection and had to stay in a local vet clinic for two nights while he was operated on and watched for this common health problem in cats. After seeing how scared he was at the clinic and then worrying about whether or not he would live because he wouldn’t eat for a week after we brought him home and had to be forced to drink water to stay alive, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to think about declawing him, no matter how annoying his clawing was.
Milo is a family member. God gave him all of his parts for a reason, and to us, taking away his claws would be like saying he is less important than any other member of our family, which is something we couldn’t do.
Pets trust us to look out for what’s best for them. When we take on the responsibility of owning a pet, we make a promise to protect it, care for it, and make sure it is taken care of. If you’re thinking about declawing your cat to stop it from scratching, I’d urge you to try some less invasive methods first before taking such a drastic step. Why take the chance of possible side effects and the trauma that can come with surgery when there are other, less invasive ways to solve this problem?