This article was inspired by Kylee who commented on another article that cat scratches are ‘scratches of love’. I’ve always called them ‘badges of honour’ but I think her words describe them much better.
Why are some people afraid of being scratched? If they are so cowardly why do they have a cat as a pet? I can’t wait for the day when declawing is banned and those people will either have to accept cats as they come, claws and all, or not have the pleasure of a cat in their life any more.
Why should they have the power to pay someone take away a cat’s toe ends for their own selfish cowardly convenience? Life is full of hazards, we learn to live with them, there are things far more dangerous than a cat scratch.
Cats don’t ‘scratch people to bits’ or ‘scratch babies eyes out’ or ‘tear the house up’ as pro declaws would have us believe, those are just excuses for their cruelty.
I saw a comment on Facebook today about a cat rescued from the street, the person smugly announced that the cat was now spayed and declawed and ready for a home. It’s as if being declawed is a good thing which makes her more adoptable.
What will happen when that poor mutilated cat has physical and/or mental problems from the declawing, will she end up back on the streets? Or in a Rescue Shelter to be killed in a kill shelter or to sit in a cage all her life in a no kill shelter. She would have been better off left on the streets and given the choice I’m sure she would have chosen to do that. Maybe someone else would have taken her in, someone who knows how cruel declawing is. It’s too late now, her toe ends can never be replaced.
What a pitiful person someone frightened of a little scratch must be! I wear my ‘scratches of love’ with pride if one of our cats accidentally scratches me, their claws are very essential and precious parts of them and I respect them as such.
Only once I was badly scratched by a cat, it was my own fault as I was holding her for the vet to examine her but she was so wild and frightened she bit my hand. I should have still held on to her, but she got free, jumped off the table and ran up my leg, scratching it all the way.
The bite was far worse than the scratches, my hand swelled painfully up and I had to go on antibiotics. Do those vets who declaw not think of how much worse than a scratch a cat bite is?
I think declawed cats when they have to go back to the place they were mutilated, remember the trauma, the pain and the fear and are so frightened that they despair and become malleable! I can imagine those vets thinking what a great job they did rendering an innocent animal to be like putty in their hands.
Well the day will come when declawing is banned and they will have to handle cats as cats, with claws. Let’s see how brave they are then!
Did you find this article useful and interesting? Can it be improved? Please tell me in a comment. I am always keen to improve the site for animal welfare and reader enjoyment.