Having an unscratched couch is great, but is it really worth Mr. Whisker’s health? This scratch-free method can lead to more problems than it solves.
- Declawing involves removing the last bone of each toe. If this were done to humans, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle. (Ouch!)
- It can cause infection since it is not a sterile surgery. The area cannot be sterilized and if not performed correctly, the claw can grow back improperly.
- Declawing can lead to behavior problems, making a cat more likely to bite.
- It is illegal in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and other countries.
- Training with a scratching post and weekly trimming are alternatives to declawing.
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