Cats have claws and like to starch things. There’s no getting around that any more than dogs are always hungry and will eat anything and fish have gills and need water to breathe. However, unlike any other pets, cats can actually have their biggest downside removed. However, this choice to declaw your cat may actually be the worst thing you could do for your pet. Here are three simply reasons why declawing your cat is a bad decision.
You’re Mutilating Your Cat:
Without getting preachy here, when you look at the literal act being performed on a cat, declawing is a form of mutilation. The entire end of every finger is removed, a section that includes both the claw and a bone, so that when all is said and done your cat’s life will be drastically shifted. Again, just looking at this from a scientific perspective, the procedure accomplishes nothing that makes the cat healthier or improves its life, but rather has a negative aspect in many areas of its health. Cats walk primarily on their toes, so removing said toes will cause them to change their stance a bit, which in turn can lead to back problems later down the line. In essence, this is like removing a child’s thumb because they won’t stop sucking on it.
You’re Removing Your Cat’s Natural Defenses:
It should also be common sense, but without claws your cat is left with fewer options to defend themselves. Most declawing procedures only do the front paws, leaving the back paws capable of scratching, and of course cats still have their teeth, but the front claws are the key to being a cat. They allow cats to fight without exposing their underside. They allow cats to climb trees and flee from danger. And as mentioned before, removing the ends of the toes changes their balance, making them less agile and swift on their feet. The only life a declawed cat can handle is an indoor-only life as they’re easy prey for any predator, but even an indoor cat will find a way to escape now and again. Those claws are imperative, so don’t lose them.
You’re Only Doing It Because You’re Lazy:
To get right to the point here, you know why you’re really getting your cat declawed: Because you don’t want to spend the time or energy training your cat not to scratch things around the house. There is absolutely no way to justify things, saying that it’s the only way to make things work with your busy schedule or that your furniture is just too expensive. That’s not going to cut it. If you’re not willing to put forth the effort to care for your cat, you don’t deserve the cat in the first place. I’d be saying the same thing to someone who just hoards cats or someone who outright abuses the cats. If you don’t know how to take care of a feline or don’t really want to take care of a kitty, then why are you? I’ve got a special bond with the cats I’ve raised, and I wouldn’t dare put priority on my couch over them. They’ve given me endless hours of warmth, love, and entertainment. My couch has allowed me to sit on it on occasion. I can sit on other things in my house. I can’t get the same affection from my couch as my cat.
Just please remember why you got a cat in the first place. You had to know what you were getting into when you signed on, so making an excuse to call something your kitty does an inconvenience is just unfortunate. Don’t forget why you wanted to adopt a kitten in the first place: You wanted to do something good. Declawing them only undoes the kind gesture. Make the right choice and leave their claws be. Besides, putting plastic caps on the ends isn’t really that difficult.
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