Do you know what it really means to declaw a cat? The Paw Project is a non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to educating the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing. Here are a few facts about declawing from The Paw Project:
- Declawing is actually the amputation of the last knuckles of a cat’s paw, equivalent to amputating a human finger at the last joint.
- Declawing can be a very painful surgery, with associated health risks like bleeding, nerve damage, and infection.
- A declawed cat can become permanently lame, be in constant pain, or develop arthritis.
- Both house cats and big cats held in captivity are declawed.
- Sadly, many vets perform declawing without informing clients about the details of the procedure.
- Declawed cats who are allowed outside have difficulty defending themselves against cats or other animals.
- Declawed cats are over-represented at shelters and have difficulty finding new homes, because of both physical and behavioral problems associated with being declawed (deformed and painful feet, biting, avoiding the litter box, etc.)
- There are many humane alternatives to prevent furniture scratching besides declawing, including scratching posts, regular nail trimmings, nail caps, and applying sticky tape to furniture.
Check out the trailer for The Paw Project’s documentary film to learn more about this issue.
- Aaron Seminoff