Do declawed cats bite more?

Cat biting

Yes, declawed cats bite more. A recent research project published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery concerning 137 declawed cats and 137 non-declawed found that biting in declawed cats occured three times more often than in non-declawed cats. One reason given is that declawed cats are in pain and discomfort and lash out when touched. As they can’t use their claws they bite instead.

There are numerous other detrimental effects of declawing both for the cat and the cat’s owner. For the life of me I can’t understand why cat owners ask vets to do it. Declawing stops cats scratching the sofa but the downside for cat owners is enormous and far more profound than the perceived benefit of preventing scratches to a sofa.

You can read more about the huge negative aspects to declawing on the following page:

and see this page for the complications of declawing:

Source for the biting statistic.

Useful links
Anxiety - reduce it
FULL Maine Coon guide - lots of pages
Children and cats - important
Useful tag. Click to see the articles: Cat behavior

Note: sources for news articles are carefully selected but the news is often not independently verified.

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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2 Responses

  1. M E king says:

    Cats who are declawed by their owners should have the right to bite them daily and pee on their personal property. Instead after mutilating their cat they can now dump it at the shelter where through human allowed butchery they will now most likely get a lethal dose of drugs and be left to die alone. And we call ourselves a nation of animal lovers.

    • Dee (Florida) says:

      Graphic but so true, ME.
      We are barbaric when it comes to our 4 legged friends.
      Our desires become so much greater than the welfare of these poor creatures.
      We declaw, we remove their voice boxes so they don’t bark, we crate them night and day rather than train them, we invest in shock collars…..

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