Cat declawing used to be a widely accepted method for controlling cat scratching behavior. Alternatives to cat declawing are now considered humane solutions to destructive cat scratching.
During the surgery to declawed cat, the and digit of the cat’s toes are removed. The veterinarian may opt to to the claw instead of removing the end portion of the cat’s toes.
The main reason that cat owners elect to get their cat’s declawed is to stop or prevent destructive cat scratching. Some cat owners believe that they must have their cat’s declawed to save their furniture and even themselves from getting scratched. A cat owner who gets the cat declawing to stop cat scratching during play may be disappointed when the declawed cat bites since they can no longer use its claws to defend itself.
Complications of cat declawing can lead to long-term health problems and infection. Cat declawing can cause a cat to walk differently which can lead to abnormal joint where and skeletal problems. If a declawed cat becomes stray, the cat is defenseless and at risk of serious injury.
Decline can cause litter box problems. When a cat experiences pain from declawing, the pain may be worse when the cat digs in litter box. The cat may associate pain with the litter box and avoid the litter box.
The Humane Society and other organizations that promote the humane treatment of animals are opposed to cat declawing. There are several humane alternatives to cat declawing. A cat owner can simply trim the tips of the cat’s claws regularly.
Trimming the cat’s claws can be done with regular fingernail clippers. By gently pressing on the cat paw, the claws are extended and the cat owner can see the pink area of the quick which should be avoided. The cat owner and needs only to clip off the pointed tips of the nails.
Scratching post can be an effective alternative to cat declawing. If a cat refuses to use his scratching posts, the cat owner may encourage use by rubbing the scratching post with catnip and placing it near where any destructive scratching has occurred.
One of the alternatives to cat declawing is to use vinyl claw covers. These vinyl nail caps glue onto a cat’s claws and stay in place for approximately five weeks. Vinyl claw covers come in a variety of colors.