Declawing costs a cat a substantial part of his ten front toes, lots of pain, fear, discomfort and uncertain behavioral changes. It cost the cat’s owner about 100 US dollars. My point is that the price for the cat is far higher.
This is a re-publishing of a post I made about three years ago. I built the page in response to a lot of people asking the question in the title. Everyone answered it conventionally in terms of dollars. They still do. I never saw it that way. Honestly, the operation is cheap. The consequences are very expensive for the cat and sometimes even for the cat’s owner because a lot of cats suffer and the operation changes their behavior to the detriment of cat and owner.
We have to realise that cats are very good at not showing pain and discomfort. When people who have declawed their cat say that their cat is fine, the truth is they are guessing and trying to reassure themselves that their decision was the correct one. Often people justify declawing a cat using self-deceiving arguments to assuage their guilt.
Side note: When a website is large older posts get buried and forgotten. People don’t see them anymore unless they are lucky to bump into them. Google does not find them. Some old post are found by Google but lots are not. This is an attempt to bring some old posts forward and add some text because they deserve to be seen by people who have visited the site for the first time.
Here is a visual interpretation of the point I made in writing. There is a symmetry between the money and toes. It is ghastly symmetry. Money often equates to pain, injustice and abuse.
It costs the person this:
It costs the cat this:
Who is paying the most?
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