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Should I get my cat declawed? Why does my cat rub against me? How do I stop my cat jumping on the kitchen counter? and many more of your questions answered….Ill add new questions and answers frequently.

What is declawing?

Declawing is the removal of a cats claws by a vet, using a knife or laser. When a cat is declawed it is not just the claw that is removed but the last piece of bone called the third phalanx. If you look at your own fingers and see where your nail goes into your skin, now the knuckle (joint) just below your nail is the equivalent on a cat to the third phalanx, everything above that knuckle would be amputated.

I have heard declawing a cat is bad, is this true?

When a cat is declawed as with any procedure it will be in alot of pain for the first few weeks, it is in this time period that many cats develop problems that stick with them for life.

As soon as your cat gets home from the vet it will find walking and moving very uncomfortable, it may begin to associate that pain with its day to day life. Each painful experience that the cat goes through can slowly effect your cats mental state. Cats instincts are to use the litter box and bury there business, now you try burying your business straight after surgery to remove parts of your toes, its going to hurt. Cats automatically move away from uncomfortable situations (you will have seen this if your cat ever vomits, it moves backwards away from it, even as it is still vomiting) so declawed cats sometimes look for alternative places to go to the toilet, this may be a bath tub or your kitchen floor, once the cat finds a place that is comfortable it will remember and be very hard to encourage to use the litter box.

I have heard of cats that resort to marking there territory with urine after surgery because their feet are to tender to use, cats have glands in there feet which is why you see them lean up against trees and scratch posts, they do it because it feels good to stretch there body against it and they are marking there territory.

Taking the cats defence system away (its claws) can make a cat subdued and nervous, the cat may become scared of things that never used to bother it, and spend most of its time in hiding.

Declawing affects cats in different ways, It doesn’t matter how friendly, good natured and well behaved your cat was before the surgery, their personalities can completely change.

If you want to see the effects that declawing has on a cat, visit your local cat rescue and speak to the workers and volunteers, look at the cats with no claws and as k how long they have been waiting for a new home. you will be saddened by what you learn.


2 Responses to “Cat FAQ”

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  2. C said

    I’m so glad to see this. A lot of people don’t know how much damage declawing can do, all they know is they want their furniture in good condition 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with everyone.

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