By Ruth aka Kattaddorra
The paws and claws of cats are exceptionally well made and to those of us who truly love cats, those claws are as beautiful a part of the cat as any other part is.
The way cats claws can retract is wonderful and in my opinion they are more well designed than a human’s fingernails and they are far more important to the cat too than our fingernails are to us.
Poster by Ruth
Our fingernails protect the ends of our fingers and we use them to scratch with, but that’s about all, although some women like to paint their nails, thinking it looks attractive.
Cats claws, the equivalent to our fingernails, have so many more uses, they are not only for self defence!
They also help the cat to balance when walking and jumping and to exercise his muscles by digging them into a scratching post and having a good stretch. Cats grasp with their claws too and also very important, they scratch an itch. Imagine having no nails to scratch an itch. But we could use our fingers to pick up something to scratch ourselves with, even without our nails. Cats can’t do that.
Imagine a 4 paw declawed cat trying to groom himself or scratch an itch, it must be very frustrating. Bad enough a 2 paw declawed cat trying to groom properly and reach all the nooks and crannies of his fur. Cats use their front claws as a sort of comb.
So who on earth thought up the cruel operation called declawing? Declawing is a very misleading word for the amputation of the cat’s last toe joints. It wasn’t a cat lover who thought it up, that’s for sure.
Many cats and kittens must have suffered horribly in the quest to ‘perfect’ the operation. But there is no way of ‘perfecting’ it because whichever way those healthy toe ends are removed, whether by guillotine, scalpel or laser, the cat is for ever after a deliberately disabled animal.
The nails of a cat are firmly embedded into bone and that is because they were never meant to be removed.
It’s about time the declawing vets and the people who think this premeditated abuse is acceptable, started to realise how wrong they are and to see the beauty and also the practicality of cats claws.
It’s so very easy to trim a cats claws and to teach him to use a scratching post. No excuse is good enough to put a cat through the painful and distressing ordeal of declawing and leave him disabled for life.
In my opinion anyone who will only have a cat in their home if he is declawed, is not a cat lover at all and should look around for another type of pet.