Declawing: what it is and how it’s done!? Know the Truth
Declawing is a surgical procedure to remove the claws. It is often performed on domestic cats for behavioral and/or hygiene reasons.
What is Declawing?
Declawing is a procedure where an animal is given a surgery to remove part of their paws. It involves the amputation of each toe up to the first joint. Declawing is also known as onychectomy, and is done on several species of mammals, including cats, dogs, and rabbits. Declawing was first performed in the 1950s, and it was developed to prevent a cat from scratching human family members.
Is declawing painful to cats?
Although the surgery is essentially an amputation, proponents of the procedure insist that no pain is felt by the cat during the surgery, or in the normal daily activities of living. Dr. Leah Thaxton, a veterinarian and member of the Paw Project, says it’s “the same as cutting your fingernails”. Proponents also point out that declawing prevents cats from being euthanized for injuring humans. The United States is one of the few countries that still allows this procedure, which is banned in many European countries due to the negative effects it has on the animal’s health.
The ethics of Declawing
The debate about declawing is not a new debate as it started many years ago. Despite the fact that declawing is still considered as an acceptable operation in some countries, there are many who think that it is unethical. With the many risks involved in this procedure, the debate has become a heated one. Although the surgery can be relatively painless, it is still an invasive surgery that involves cutting bones. Besides, it can cause many health problems to the cat. Those who are against declawing say that it should not be done to a cat as cats use their claws to exercise, defend themselves and hunt. They say that declawing is more like a human being having his fingers cut off. They say that declawing is not a good way to control a cat’s behavior. Declawing is not a solution to bad behavior since cats can be taught to use a scratching post instead.
Why is declawing banned in many countries?
Declawing is banned in many countries due to the pain and suffering it causes the animals. In some states in the United States and in other countries, declawing is banned under animal cruelty laws. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) discourages the declawing of cats, as it feels that it is a painful and stressful procedure that can cause many long-term physical complications. The AVMA advises that alternatives to declawing, such as nail trimming, be used instead. Declawing is also considered inhumane by many animal rights activists.
Alternatives for declawing
An alternative to declawing is to train your cat to scratch on the right objects. This can be done by gently taking your cat’s paws when it is about to scratch. Put its paws on the right scratching surface. This is the right time to put a catnip or a cat lure on it. You can also reward your cat with a treat or a special toy if it starts scratching in the right place. But if you want to permanently stop your cat from scratching, you might want to consider having its nails trimmed regularly. This is a common procedure that is done by the groomer or a veterinarian. You may also consider having special cat nail covers. These are covers that are put over the cat’s nails. You can even try putting the covers on daily at first, then wear them occasionally.
The Dangers of Onychectomy AKA Declawing
Onychectomy (declawing) is an elective surgery that requires the removal of the third phalanx that renders cats unable to scratch. The most common method of onychectomy is disarticulation and removal of the third phalanx (P3) by laser, scalpel, or nail trimmer. Declawing is a surgical procedure that is performed on the front paws of cats to remove the claws, and the tips of the toes. It is a painful procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. Declawing is a major surgery that should only be performed when there is a medical necessity.
Disadvantages of Declawing.
The surgery may cause serious complications because it does not just remove the claws, but also the first joint of the toe. That being said, the reason why declaw is performed is because the cat could hurt you with it. But then again, you must realize that it is not the cat’s intention to hurt you. These are wild animals and they are not as soft as the other pets that you have. So if you are not yet ready to take this responsibility, then it may be time for you to reconsider having cats in your house.
How to help your cat recover from Onychectomy?
Your cat will go through a lot of pain right after the surgery and the recovery process is long and slow, especially since you will have to take care of it with great care. After surgery, you will need to keep the cat in a warm place with a soft bed, so that it is comfortable. You should feed it bland diet, such as chicken and rice for about a week. It is also important to give your cat extra love and attention to help it recover from the trauma of surgery.
Conclusion: Declawing is painful for cats and is not necessary for their well-being or for your safety. Declawing is not a simple surgery, but a painful amputation.
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