Feline Onychectomy: Is it Necessary?

Kitty Paws

Claws are very different than a human’s fingernails because claws are attached to the last joint in the paw. To remove a claw, a surgeon has to amputate this final joint. The cat will be under anesthesia when this procedure happens and, when finished, the cat will undergo a very long and painful recovery. Most of the time the cat will be fine, but there is a greater chance that the paws will become infected. It is important to remember that the cat will resume its daily activities immediately after returning home. This means that they have little to no recovery time.

Not only is declawing an inhumane act, but it is also detrimental to the very personality of the cat itself. Cats may become skittish when, previous to the surgery, they were friendly and outgoing. Most owners choose to declaw because they believe their cat has a behavior problem, but the truth is that cat’s claw out of territorial reasons and, most importantly, it is part of their grooming routine. Some cats will even start biting after their primary defenses are removed. Is it necessary to perform an onychectomy on a feline? Definitely not because there are several alternatives, such as trimming nails or training the cat to use other furniture, that can keep the animal happy.

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