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Why Declawing Kittens Is Cruel, There Are Alternatives To Stop Cats Scratching
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Why Declawing Kittens is Cruel, There are Alternatives To Stop Cats Scratching

Declawing Kittens

Why would people ever consider this was necessary?

I must admit that cats can be quite destructive if left to their own devices but for them clawing things is a natural process and highly instinctive and although sadly this can result in damage to furniture there are ways round it.

In this article I will discuss why cats scratch and what you can do to stop them but first I will explain why declawing kittens or cats is cruel.

1) To declaw a kitten is not a simple operation. The claws must be removed right from the bed to stop them growing back. Imagine waking up yourself to find your fingernails ripped out in the same way?

2) Kittens and cats rely on their claws for defence and for hunting their prey who knows what psychological damage removing this has? Can you read a cat's mind?

3) Declawing a kitten affects the way that they walk and this change in gait can lead to bone and musculature problems in later life.

4) Without claws a cat is unable to groom itself properly and this in turn can lead to ticks, and sores.

So why do cats scratch?

They scratch for several reasons.

1) To sharpen their claws and thus keeping them in best readiness for use. All purely instinctive.

2) To mark territory. As well as spraying (toms do this) it shows where a cat has been and where they consider belongs to them.

3) For pleasure. We cannot be sure of this of course but it would seem logical since they do it so often.

4) As a form of exercise.

As I said above this can unfortunately lead to much destruction of furniture and other household objects.

So what are the alternatives?

1) Get a scratching post. Various materials are available including carpet but the most popular is still sisal.

The post must be steady and there must be no danger of it falling over, otherwise your cat will never use it. It must also be tall enough to allow full stretching. Posts come in all shapes and sizes and of course prices!

2) Deter your cat from scratching in other places where their attention is not welcome. Kitchen foil is great for this and only needs to be a temporary measure. other deterrents to stop cats scratching furniture are available but beyond the scope of this article.

3) If you want to stop cats scratching furniture and start using the post the technique is one requiring patience and does take some time but you will find the result very rewarding.

So I hope you see that declawing kittens and cats is not only cruel but it is also unnecessary and with some more advice I am sure that you will find cat scratching solutions that work and thus save your furniture.


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hayley  

really sad issue :( such a shame..

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  about 6 years ago

True. Not sure how some vets can bring themselves to declaw.

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  about 6 years ago
hayley  

its either them being narrow minded or they just dont care. should be banned it cruel.

  
  about 6 years ago

The only reasons someone should find it necessary to declaw are selfish ones..such as being to lazy to work out humane solutions. Thanks for addressing this issue..

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  about 6 years ago

Agree 100% There really are better ways. Thanks for your comment

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Chamberlane. It is actually illegal in many countries.

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  about 6 years ago

Random scratching in different places is a real problem. Providing several scratching posts might be the answer.

Reply
  about 6 years ago

I had an issue keeping a cat because it kept scratching any firm clothing it would find. I never knew how to go about it and never thought of declawing. thanks for the info Roger.

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  about 6 years ago
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