Photo by a440 - this cat was declawed because he did this sort of thing. Why have a cat and why stop him doing what is natural?
I am going to coin a new phrase: declawing disconnect. What do I mean? These are just my thoughts no more. An attempt to go behind the act of declawing and into the minds of people who do it or request it without a care in the world. There is an astonishing polarisation of opinion on declawing. Some people simply don't see it as bad, as morally wrong, as causing pain. I will call these people the disconnected people (DP). The other people like me, I will call the connected people (CP). I am not passing judgment here, just making a comment as I see it. If all the DPs became CPs there would be no declawing. The DPs might have these characteristics or have some of these characteristics:
- A belief that people are special and animals are separate, almost a different form of life. A belief that people are not a species of animal. An arrogance can flow from this mentality. If this is coupled with ignorance the combination is toxic.
- They may not have heard of the theory of evolution of life or firmly do not believe it.
- They may, through no fault of theirs, lack a proper education but this is not a prerequisite.
- They do not feel the pleasures of nature and the landscape, things created by nature, but seek pleasure in all things human, ownership of personal possessions, a nice car, a nice house, well manicured lawn, better than the Joneses attitude etc..
- A thorough distancing from the natural world and the pleasures it can bring in a subtle way.
- A consumerist approach or a desire to make money.
These characteristics are essentially a distancing from our roots, nature. It is where we came from. If we are in touch with nature we can feel it. And if we can feel the beauty of nature we can feel the pain of declawing. And if we are consumed by consumerism we have lost touch with nature and the empathy that comes with that; the empathy with our fellow creatures. We lose what is needed to protect our fellow creature, our respect for them. Our wonder of them.
The disconnect is muddying up the dividing line between our inanimate possessions and animate possessions. Once we even begin to treat a companion cat as an inanimate object it is all over in respect of proper care for the cat. The CPs are:
- Often well educated but this is far from a major characteristic.
- Humble and perhaps have felt suffering themselves.
- Less consumer orientated and find pleasure in simple things.
The DPs are not necessarily worse than the CPs, just different and there is a good deal of overlap. The world probably needs DPs. But cats don't.
More declawers will come from DPs. DPs are a product of modern life as is the increase in consumerism and our distancing from nature as we gradually concrete over nature and make the world ours.
I have not researched this point but I am sure that declawing did not exist in the USA before say about 1950. Can anyone tell me when the first declawing operation took place? Certainly when companion cats were barn cats it did not enter the head of the farmer to declaw the cat. That state of affairs was the first cat/human relationship and a more natural one.
It is a gradual sanitizing of what is natural that encourages becoming more distanced from nature. Keeping cats permanently indoors is closely related to declawing. And I am not saying that cats should be let out. I am just saying that one is connected to the other.
If I am correct, declawing will get worse in the USA, not better. So there has to be legislation, properly enforced to curb declawing. Through legislation it is possible to gradually change habits. The DPs will not become CPs but they can be forced to change their habits. And one of those habits is the obnoxious process of declawing. This could only happen under the declawing disconnect scenario.