Declawing cats is a hotly debated topic. And just recently, Denver wants people to weigh in on the possibility of banning the procedure in their state. But first, let us understand, what is it exactly?
Declawing is a procedure for removing a cat’s claws. It is basically the process of separating the claw and the little piece of cat bone where it grows from. Not doing so will cause the claw to grow back.
From what I know, it has at least two known techniques. The first one takes a longer time to recover from. Usually, about two to three weeks recovery period.
I am talking about what they usually call as the guillotine technique. In this method, a blade is slid through the claw like cutting the tip of a finger. I really think it hurts big time.
The other one is referred to as cosmetic declawing, which will take abaout a week of recovery. In the procedure, the doctor uses a tiny curved blade, slashes off the claw, and does not remove the surrounding soft tissues. The feline should be able to move comfortably after the minor operation but still, there should be some pain.
Getting the picture already? It’s really heartbreaking knowing that a cat would have to go through that kind of physical and emotional trauma just because their owners want to get rid of their claws. We all have the same questions in our head. Why do they need to do that? Is that really necessary?
Because one of the natures of a cat is to scratch, it is natural for them to have claws. They scratch to stretch their bodies.
They scratch to mark an object or a space safe. More importantly, it is their self defense and their armor in survival. They need to scratch to maintain the needed motion used in hunting and climbing. So why do we need to remove their claws?
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