What is Declawing?

Too often, people think that declawing is a simple surgery that removes a cat's nails—the equivalent of having your fingernails trimmed. Sadly, this is far from the truth.

Declawing traditionally involves the amputation of the last bone of each toe. If performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle.

Cat using cat scratcher

Would You Declaw Your Dog?

By Shelley Thayer, Executive Director, Cat Depot

Why Would You Consider it For Your Cat?
A dog’s nails can cause painful scratches, scuff wooden floors and dig holes in the backyard. By declawing your dog, you will remove the threat of hurting babies, small children or the elderly. And a few ailments, such as arthritis, joint pain and lameness, are nothing compared to peace of mind...right? 

WRONG! No one would ever think of declawing his or her dog. Read Full Article
Declawing Cats: Far Worse than a Manicure

Declawing Cats: Far Worse Than a Manicure

Declawing is a topic that arouses strong feelings. Some people believe it's cruel and unnecessary, while others think it has its place.
 
Why people declaw cats
People often mistakenly believe that declawing their cats is a harmless "quick fix" for unwanted scratching. They don't realize that declawing can make a cat less likely to use the litter box or more likely to bite.
 

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