5 Facts About Declawing Cats

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.

  1. 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!)
  2. 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. 
  3. Declawing can lead to behavior problems, making a cat more likely to bite.
  4. It is illegal in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and other countries.
  5. Training with a scratching post and weekly trimming are alternatives to declawing. 

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Sources: 

Web MD

Humane Society