WHAT IS DECLAWING?
“Declawing of cats, or onychectomy, is the amputation of the last digital bone, including the nail bed and claw, on each front toe. If the surgery is performed correctly and the entire nail bed is removed, the claw cannot regrow.”
-ASPCA Position Statement on Declawing Cats
Common Side Effects of Declawing:
- Behavioral Issues
- Lifelong pain/discomfort
Ways to prevent unwanted scratching:
- Provide ample alternatives for your cat to scratch on like post scratchers, cardboard scratchers, cat trees.
- Use anti- scratching tape or plastic wrap on surfaces you don’t want scratched like the arms of couches or beds.
- Claw Caps! These are cute little plastic caps that can be installed onto your cat’s nails that does not hurt them and prevents them from scratching anything.
- Redirection! When your cat is scratching something it shouldn’t, show it where it CAN scratch. Move your cat to the designated scratching area and make it scratch by grabbing its paws and making scratching motions. When your kitty does it on his/her own, reward them!
- Trim your cat’s nails regularly. If you are unsure as to how to do this, talk to your vet and ask for them to show you, or take them to a groomer once a month for a quick nail trim. This is important even if your cat doesn’t scratch the furniture because if left unattended, their nails can grow into their paw pads and cause pain.