Declawing And The Cost Of It To Cats
The cost of declawing to cats, is much more than the cost in the dollars paid to vets by the people who have this cruel operation done to their cats.
Declawed cats pay for the whole of their lifetime by their suffering, disablement and many times by the loss of their home too.
Sometimes the declawed cat even pays with his life.
Photo collage by Ruth
When he is turned out because of his problems, he is not only homeless, he is defenceless against healthy animals out there too.
Declawing doesn’t save cats homes, it does just the opposite!
The overflowing Rescue Shelters have enough difficulty finding homes for healthy clawed cats, therefore many declawed cats with problems are classed as unrehomable and they are killed on admission to kill Shelters or caged for life in no kill Shelters, without even making the adoption lists.
After declawing, cats face many problems: litter box avoidance and biting are the main excuses for people relinquishing declawed cats.
The very people who caused those problems turn against the cat they paid a vet to deliberately disable for them!
Meanwhile, the vets who declaw are advertising neuter/declaw packages and discounts on declawing, knowing they will make many more dollars than merely for the operation itself.
The cats ‘lucky enough’ to stay in their homes (although I think any home with people who even consider declawing is not really a fit home for a cat) will return to those vets with complications in their mutilated paws, behavioural problems and stress illnesses.
Even the cats escaping immediate problems have an uncertain future as more problems can crop up at any time. Claw regrowth or a sliver of bone left behind mean another operation. Painful arthritis in later life means expensive medication.
No wonder those vets encourage people to have their cats declawed!
Declawing is a veritable gold mine to them.