Cats Walk Like Ballerinas

Cats naturally walk like ballerinas, on their ‘points’. Declawing throws them off balance, forcing them to learn to walk in a different way. This can eventually cause irreparable and painful damage to the spine. This is only one of the physical problems declawing can cause a cat and then there are mental problems too.

Cats walk on their toes

Cats walk on their toes. Poster by Ruth aka Kattaddorra

Imagine if a ballerina had her ten last toe joints amputated, she would be given counselling to come to terms with her loss, intensive medical care for a period of time and then she would be helped to relearn how to walk. Not so for cats being declawed!

They are forced to cope mentally and physically on their own, almost immediately to walk on their stumps and to dig in the litter box with them. No bed rest and physiotherapy and rehabilitation for declawed cats. Despite the shock of ten amputations they are expected to go on doing the things cats do.

Would a ballerina be expected to get up and dance? Of course not, she wouldn’t even be expected to get up and walk. Would she be given no pain medication so that she didn’t inadvertently stand up on her severed toe ends? Of course not, yet some vets deny cats pain medication so that they don’t jump up heights as cats normally do and open up their wounds.

This causes the poor creatures to hunch in shock and bewilderment, not knowing that the person they trusted …their caretaker …..has paid someone to cause them this pain and misery.

Laser declawing is said by some vets to be kinder. How can unnecessary amputations ever be said to be kind? Maybe that method causes less bleeding and pain and the wounds heal quicker, but the end result is the same, the cat’s essential toe ends are amputated, only they are burned off instead of cut off!

You might say it’s even worse for a cat having amputated toe ends than it is for a ballerina.
Yes that person would be devastated, her dancing career ruined and it’s unthinkable that it should happen to any person, dancer or not. But if she had her toe ends amputated it would have been for a good reason, probably to save her life because of gangrene.

People have other options, dancing is only one lifestyle, there are many other things people can do apart from dancing. She would still have her hands! A cat’s front feet are also her hands.

A declawed cat has no other options, she has to stay indoors, she can not jump safely, she can not scratch for exercise by digging her claws in to stretch her muscles, nor grab a toy in her front claws as cats love to do. She can not groom herself as cats need and like to, using their claws as a comb.

Her life as a cat is ruined. Yet she has no choice but to adapt and to stoically accept what was done to her by the person she trusted and the vet who that person paid to ruin her life.

I find this thought almost unbearable and can not understand how anyone at all can ever think that declawing a cat is acceptable!

Ruth aka Kattaddorra

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Cats Walk Like Ballerinas — 24 Comments

  1. Ruth aka Kattaddorra keep up the good and excellent artistic way of educating cat owners on cat ownership and responsibility.I am in awe of your artistic talent. And yes, cats are always mostly associated with the feminine sex and hence the ballerina as a model for explaining de-clawing in cats was apt akin to a ” Fashion Catwalk”.

    • Thank you Rudolph, I will never give up trying to educate about declawing, until the day it’s banned worldwide! x

      • You hate it as much as I hate it. And you know why it is so bad and wrong, it is because the cat is injured not because of an accident or a mishap or because something went wrong; the cat is injured, severely injured, because a person entrusted to look after the cat deliberately injures their cat because it suits him or her. It is simply a preference, a convenience and a completely deliberate act that changes the cat’s life detrimentally. That, for me, is why declawing cats is particularly abhorrent.

        • You are right Michael, it is abhorrent that some people choose to have their cats deliberately injured, they shouldn’t have that choice.
          I very much admire those vets who have never declawed a cat in their career and they are the ones who clients should go to if they possibly can.
          I know one thing for sure, I wouldn’t trust a vet who declaws cats, within a mile of our cats because for sure they don’t know much about, or respect, cats at all.

  2. Another great article and poster, and yes you can compare a cat’s grace with a ballerina’s. I agree wholeheartedly with Michaels description of the way a cat is deliberately injured by declawing, I repeat myself every time I comment on declawing that I still can’t begin to understand WHY anyone chooses to inflict it upon their cat. Keep up the good work of educating against this horrendous assault on US and Canadian cats.

    • Thanks Babz, no I can never come to terms either with people choosing declawing, it’s beyond understanding why they would want their cats to suffer and it’s just horrendous that vets happily cause cats to suffer on behalf of those people.

  3. good article as always just love your way, you make it easy to understand. Love your drawings. My cat Rebel sometimes walk like hes on hind legs i sumtimes call him dainty as he looks like he looks like a balleria. on his feet anyway.

    • Thanks Kylee, words don’t sink in to some peoples brains easily but pictures do, our anti declaw posters have saved claws and I’m pleased about that.
      I first tried one poster thinking about how our late mother taught Babz and me to read easily, with pictures to look at and the word under, like a picture of a cat and CAT written under it. We could both read and write by the time we started school.
      But even so, I was astonished at how successful the posters have turned out to be 🙂

  4. wrestling with the idea of giving my precious cat away because the apartment requires the cat to be declawed my mother very upset about this she loves her cat

    • Hi Samuel, landlords have no right to force tenants to declaw their cats but sadly there is no law YET to stop them, but hopefully there soon will be.
      Read this article by Dr Jean Hofve a vet who doesn’t declaw and advises tenants to print it off and show their landlord:
      Declawed cats can do so much more damage to property than clawed cats ever could.
      You and your mother shouldn’t have to rehome your cat, maybe if he reads about it he might find it in his heart to be compassionate.
      If not then rehoming is kinder, but never to a Rescue Shelter as they are overflowing and many cats are killed.
      I’m so sorry for you and your mother and your cat, it’s a horrible situation to be in.
      We MUST get declawing banned!!!!!

    • Samuel, please take Ruth’s advice and give this article ( the landlord. This article HAS made landlords waive their requirement after reading it, so many have no idea what declawing even is, so it’s up to us to educate them! If you have already paid them a security deposit to cover damages, they cannot require you to mutilate a cat in case it causes damages – that is what the deposit is for. You can also let them know it is already ILLEGAL in the state of California and Rhode Island for landlords to require declawing and there is pending legislation in New York and Massachusetts. Please keep us updated!

  5. How true Ruth! They do walk on their toes! Another very effective way of getting the cruelty of this procedure across and I love your poster 🙂 Just being told about declawing is awful enough but when such informative posters are available I can’t for the life of me understand how de-clawers can still say its ok; my cat is fine.

    • Thanks Leah, we just keep trying to think of different ways to get the message across don’t we!
      But some people even when they know the horrible truth still think a cat should be so grateful to have a home they should be happy to sacrifice their toe ends for it 🙁
      We HAVE to get declawing banned!

  6. I put this poster on a facebook ‘against animal abuse’ group and it’s been shared over a hundred times!
    It makes me feel good that something so simple is helping our cause 🙂

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