Most cat owners are faced with the dilemma of declawing their precious pet. Is it really necessary or something your kitty can claw his or her way through and get away with? Though your cat’s thoughts may remain a secret, there’s no mystery when it comes to learning about this procedure. Weighing its pros and cons will help you come up with the right decision and provide your cat the best care you can give.
Health Concerns – Some people with weak or suppressed immune systems, such as the elderly or those with blood disorders is put at risk when exposed to a cat’s claws. The pointed curves can tear the skin when scratched, and an open wound leaves a person vulnerable to bacteria from the claws itself that may have detrimental effects on health.
Medical Issues – When a claw is damaged, or in some cases wherein it has developed a tumor, infection or other disease, it will be more human to remove it. This works to your best interest as well as your cat’s utmost protection and better health, for it eliminates the possibility of any ailment from getting worse.
Preventative Measures – One of the common reasons cat owners have their pet declawed is to prevent any form of destruction. Without claws, there’ll be no worries of damaging your expensive carpet, puncturing furniture, upholstery, your favorite leather couch, and anything else within your home. Your cat can freely walk, run and jump wherever he or she wants!
Safety. Declawing ensures everyone around your pet is safe, like small children who can play with cute little kitty without getting scratched even the slightest bit. A cat won’t be able to lash other pets whether due to fear, nor can it scathe or hurt anyone by accident during playtime. The procedure can make a huge difference in a cat’s life and towards having a harmonious relationship with humans.
Disruption of Nature. Cats have been born with claws and removing it somehow renders imbalance in what’s naturally given to the animal. It also strips off their defense mechanism and alters most usual activities, much like how you would feel when wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes.
No Pain, No Gain. Declawing is a surgical procedure, which cannot be achieved without pain and it doesn’t matter if it’s during or afterwards in recovery. Did you know that cat’s claws are not the same as toenails, but are more like fingers? Its removal involves cutting some tissues and bone, and possibly excruciating pain your cat may soon experience.
Complications. As with any surgery, infection remains a possibility which entails proper care and attention long after the procedure has been performed. Imaging dealing with a cat who is dealing with pain, let alone try to walk around the house. There are instances when claws can reappear if the surgery isn’t done correctly, and they don’t grow back normally which may lead to further problems such as nerve damage or bone spurs.
After considering the advantages and disadvantages of declawing a cat, it’s still best to seek the advice of a professional who can help you decide which option is best for you and your pet, and everyone else involved.