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Cat Claw Anatomy Facts For Kids — 16 Comments

  1. Great and striking in its simplicity,well done Micheal.
    To see that diagram of the claw explains it exactly as it is and vets axing off cats toe ends know full well they are cruel.
    It has to stop.I’ll be sharing this article around too.

  2. Thank you for the Facebook Likes. It is very nice of you all. And thank Ruth for spreading the word. As I said, I believe the desired change in culture that accepts declawing as a routine operation is in the hands of kids. Perhaps some of the next generation will decide not to declaw their cats.

  3. Lots of ‘likes’ from members on all the groups πŸ™‚
    I think your simple but effective picture and article is going to be a great educational tool for the anti declaws Michael.

    • Thanks Ruth. I hope it helps. The kids are the ones who can change the culture. I have added a like button. Thanks for spreading the word. If the page makes just one child tell his mother not to declaw their cat, it will have been worth the effort.

  4. This is good, it starts at the beginning and explains the importance, and function, of the claw in a simple easy to read way, I’m quite sure it also contains information that some people may not already know. I hope it gets seen, not only by children but adults too who hopefully will be surprised at how vital claws are and that they are not just a glorified nail. Well done as always Michael.

  5. Thanks Michael,here’s hoping your article saves a lot more cats claws πŸ™‚
    It had a LIKE immediately on one group!

  6. As you said Michael, vets should explain how a cat’s claw is different to a person’s nail and if they had the picture you have used here, on their reception office and waiting room walls, then surely people would understand why declawing is cruel.
    If I was over in the USA I’d make a poster of your simple but very powerful article and send it to every declawing vet, to put them to shame.
    I’d like to share this article on all the facebook anti declaw groups as members are always looking for some different ways to educate.
    I don’t mind if you remove all my comments, if you think it better not to mention declawing here?

    • Great Ruth. Please do use this article. I am glad you like the concept which is to educate people, particularly young people, that a claws are not the same as nails. This is important. One major reason why cat owners accept declawing is because they see it as just surgically removing the “nail”, a profound misconception.

      I don’t mind the comments referring to declawing (a secondary level reference if you like). Comments in general help as they build a page and make it more visible.

  7. ‘If a person likes cats they should learn to like a cat’s claws’

    I think your article is perfect Michael and it’s up to visitors to comment on that and to add that what you have written can only do the anti declawing campaign a lot of good.
    I hope my comment might be seen by some people who didn’t know and therefore would be shocked, that cats claws are taken from them, when you had explained just how essential they are to cats.

  8. This is a brilliant article Michael and not only for kids because many adults don’t know the importance of a cats claws to them either.
    If they read it as it is explained in great detail this way, it would surely stop most people from having their cats declawed.
    I hope a lot of kids read this and share it with their parents, with their school friends too and then when these kids are grown up, hopefully declawing will become history if it hasn’t before then.

    • Thanks Ruth. The idea, as I am sure you have guessed, is to do what a vet should do; explain what a cat claw really is and how important this piece of anatomy is to a cat.

      I have heard vets describe the claw as a “nail”. This is a subtle way some vets are masking the true nature of the operation and undermining the importance of the claw.

      I have deliberately avoided the subject of declawing to allow focus on the importance of the claw itself and hope that kids will conclude that declawing is bad.

    • I am always open to amendments. If you think something should be left out or added just leave a comment.

      I tend to make amendments after publication anyway because sometimes I see things later that are wrong or which can be improved despite my best efforts.

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