Declawing From The Veterinary Staff’s Point Of View
As a veterinary assistant for several years, I’ve worked for two practices that performed cat declaws. I see what the cat owner doesn’t see after they drop their kitty off the morning of surgery.
I wish I could show them pictures beforehand of post-declaw cats lying in their cage looking miserable, shaking their feet and trying to chew off their bandages.
I wish they could see the cages where the cats have gotten the bandages off, with blood splattered over the cage walls, floor, ceiling and door (and sometimes even onto the floor of the room).
I’ve seen declawed cats have claws that try to re-grow, and instead of growing out they grow into the inside of the paw, requiring more surgery to correct. I’ve seen infected feet that looked horrible.
I’ve heard all the excuses and stories — people who complain that the cat scratches the furniture but who have not bothered to provide a scratching post, people who just HAD to buy the $3000 leather couch and chair, people who show me a couple of minor scratches on themselves, people who just can’t wait for a kitten to outgrow the urge to climb the curtains.
Oh, and someone who said her senior cat was snagging her shirts when she picked him up (I talked her into Soft Paws, at least for one application).
I don’t buy the excuses. Cats scratch, dogs bark (and have tails and ears), and if you can’t live with them as they are, don’t get one. Buy yourself a nice goldfish.