My inspiration for this article and poster was this comment:
‘My cats claws grew curved and she kept getting them stuck in fabrics and the furniture and I was constantly having to unhook her. The vet told me that if I didn’t declaw her, she would probably end up pulling them out someday and getting terrible infections due to it. I really felt horrible
for having it done (front paws only) but in some cases it may be necessary’
Poster by Ruth
Despite comments that she could have trimmed her cat’s claws regularly she still insisted declawing was the only option.
One very good reply to her said ‘If your child’s nails kept getting caught all the time would you trim them or ask for his finger ends to be amputated?’
She knew she was guilty because when she was informed declawing is banned in 39 countries as animal abuse she was very defensive and threatened physical violence to anyone calling her an animal abuser.
She had no answer to what she would have done if declawing wasn’t an option in her country.
So, why is there a difference to some people ?
They wouldn’t dream of having their child’s finger ends amputated, so why do they think it’s acceptable to do that to a cat?
Even if it was not ten amputations but ‘only’ the nails as some people think is OK, they wouldn’t even consider having ‘only’ their child’s nails removed would they!
Both children and cats rely on the person caring for them to take care of their physical needs. Cats can just as easily as children get used to regular nail trims as part of their routine.
In the case of this cat why hadn’t she been provided with a scratching post? It sounds like the poor creature was trying to exercise and to remove the old outer shards from her claws by digging them into anything she could find to use.
I think the truth of the matter is that this person was too lazy to trim her cat’s claws and the main reason she had her declawed was for the sake of her precious fabrics and furniture.
No doubt the vet who declawed the cat would justify it by saying it was declaw or death, it apparently didn’t enter his head to advise regular nail trimming and a scratching post,
for the cat.
The chances are that when the physical and/or mental problems from the declawing begin, this person won’t want the cat around any more anyway.
Another cat’s life ruined by this cruel unnecessary major surgery declaw vets recommend so carelessly.