Declawed Cats in Danger
Defensive cat and dog - declawed cats are at the mercy of dogs. Photo by No One Nels (Flickr)
Many people think strictly indoor cats don't need claws. This is WRONG !
The main reason they do need claws is of course to stay healthy, to be able to walk as a cat needs to walk and to exercise their muscles by digging in their claws.
It's a misconception that scratching is bad behaviour, the truth is that it is necessary behaviour.
But there are other reasons too why indoor cats need claws and that reason is, for self defence.
Maybe your home will never be broken into, but maybe it will and if you have declawed cats they are totally at the intruder's mercy.
A person bad enough to break into someone's home is hardly likely to care about the pets in that house.
A declawed cat panicking would run for cover,but could so easily be picked up and harmed by a person who cornered him. Some people enjoy torturing cats !
Or maybe the cat could escape out of the broken window. But what awaits him outside? There are many dangers, such as dogs, other cats with their claws, bad people who would hurt a cat. Imagine a handy tree and a cat in a panic running to it, a clawed cat could climb to safety. It's natural for a cat to launch and climb a tree to escape a vicious dog or any other pursuer, but a declawed cat would be trapped as he fell back to the ground.
I don't know the statistics of houses broken into in the USA and Canada, but I do know even it was only a million to one chance a burglar would target a home with a declawed cat in, that risk is one too many.
Then there are natural disasters, fires, floods and earthquakes.
To the rescue services people are a priority. Healthy animals may stand a chance of escaping and manage to exist outside, but a declawed cat would have no chance at all.
No one has the right to leave a cat in danger by having him declawed.
Until declawing is BANNED, please BOYCOTT vets who declaw and leave cats in danger.