Both my cats were declawed and neither was traumatized
I had both of my cats de-clawed a very long time ago when they were both very young. Kelly lived to be 19 and Sunshine lived to be 17. I am not for or against de-clawing in general, it was a personal choice I made. It was not controversial at the time.
I did not think anything about it because there was no movement to have it stopped and get the information out there.
But, whether or not I would have chosen this today I don’t know, with all the current information. What I can say is that neither of my cats suffered from this surgery.
Neither one was traumatized or had any lasting symptoms of the surgeries. They were both healthy, happy, loving cats that would let me rub their feet. They both used their “hands” as I called them all the time.
Sunshine would use his hands to get our attention and Kelly would play with her toys (foil balls especially) with the pads of her feet. This was only my personal experience with the surgery, and it was not negative.
Both cats were very happy and well adjusted and adapted very well to it. That being said, I don’t know if I would make the same decision today. I’m sure I’ll have to make that decision again soon because I can’t imagine life without a cat.
Hi… thanks for sharing. Even vets agree that the operation causes exceptional amounts of pain. There is copious amounts of evidence to support the fact that a good percentage of cats do have long lasting problems but more neutral and unbiased studies are required.
You seem to have missed the underlying issue, namely that it is immoral to mutilate a domestic cat and companion for our convenience. The idea of declawing should not enter your head.
I have just built the page: Declawing Alternatives that contains lots of links all of which point to one conclusion: don’t do it.
I don’t know how you can put young, innocent and vulnerable cats through such a brutal procedure for your convenience…! I think it shows that you lack the requisite sensitivity to care for a cat properly – sorry.