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Declawing Cat: Is It Really A Sin?

Many feline owners have this misconception in their mind that declawing cat is a quick alternative to save themselves from unwanted destruction and painful scratches. This may ease your problems but do you ever think about the outcomes? The cat becomes aggressive, attempts to bite, feels pain while walking or running and feels defenseless as their primary shield (claws) is gone. Many countries have banned declawing as well. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners, such practice is allowed only on medical grounds such as removal of cancerous toe tumors.

Methods for Declawing Cat

Declawing Cat, scientifically called Onychectomy, can be performed using medically approved three ways:

Blade Declawing (most common method using the sliding blade, cuts the joint between the claw growth and the remaining paw)

Laser Declawing (expensive than blade declawing using the laser, less painful, less bleeding and fast recovery)

Cosmetic Declawing (using a tiny curved blade, precisely cuts the claw growth, less painful, quicker recovery time)

Cons of Declawing Cat

Chances of Infection

Like we discussed above, all three methods of declawing involve a surgical procedure. In rare cases, there is a chance of complications like anesthetic complications, hemorrhage, and possible infection as an after-effect. In spite of how well you do wound dressing and provide medications or antibiotics, an unnoticed infection can become a serious one.

Aggression and Behavioral Change

For cats, the claws are their primary weapon or first line of the defense system. Due to which they feel weak and scared and become more aggressive. Reluctant behavior with humans and other cats, becoming shy in nature, being less playful, not using the litter box, avoiding outdoor activities, demanding over-grooming etc come under the signs of behavioral changes.

Paws Pain and Back Pain

Declawing surgery demands minutiae details while operating. It involves elimination of all the claw growth down to the remaining paw. Sometimes, the remaining claw tissue regenerates under the deeper skin layers and cause unbearable pain. At first sight, even the pet owner is not able to recognize such a situation as everything is going under the skin layers. Cats heavier in weight are also prone to back pain. Due to the surgery, they just re-distribute their weight among the four paws to feel less amount of pain which puts a strain on their other muscles.

Some cats also suffer from a psychological problem in which they feel the pain that no longer exists. It’s all in their mind and known as Phantom Pain..

At TAILored Cat Services, our professional cat sitters not only take care of your cat’s basic requirements like walking, sleeping, feeding etc. We even make sure of your cat’s health and fitness. To know more about how we care for your feline friend, contact us at 425-923-7791 or visit our cat sitting page.

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