Cat scratches can be painful for you and damaging to your property, but this does not make declawing a suitable solution to the problem. It’s important to understand that declawing is not just a simple trimming. It is an amputation of the toe bones and attached claws, which is why you should consider other solutions such as proper training and cat claw caps. If you talk to your vet about declawing, he or she will likely advise against it for the following reasons:
Immediate Potential Problems
The declawing procedure requires general anesthesia, which itself poses a risk of complications that include death. In addition, there may be infections or severe pain associated with the surgery, and cats often suffer excess bleeding after bandages are removed.
Scratching and kneading are instinctive rituals for cats, and they are part of healthy cat behavior. Without claws, cats are unable to properly scratch and stretch, and they may revolt by failing to use their litter boxes or lashing out in other ways.
Lasting Pain and Discomfort
Cats that are declawed experience severe pain immediately after surgery and for the rest of their lives. Declawed cats are more prone to debilitating arthritis as they age, and they may have issues with pain and discomfort in their paws throughout their lives.
Lack of Defense
Scratching is not just part of a cat’s daily routine; it is a cat’s first line of defense against predators. Declawed cats can be highly susceptible to injuries and animal attacks if they are allowed outdoors, and even indoor cats may be shaken by an absence of claws, causing a constant state of stress and anxiety.
At Horizon Animal Hospital, we want to provide exceptional care for your feline so that you and your healthy cat can live happily together. To schedule a wellness exam for your four-legged friend or learn about our specialty veterinary services in Scottsdale, give us a call today at (480) 800-4559.