Why You Should Never Declaw a Cat!
25 May, 2017
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Most cat owners know that you should never declaw your cats.  It is painful to them as declawing requires the removal of bones at the tip your cats toes.  Ouch!  And now a new study gives us even more reason not to declaw our cats.  Declawing can lead to long term physical and behavioral issues for our cats.

Cats who have declawed have more trouble walking

Cats that have been declawed are more likely to have a difficult time walking since the ends of their toes have been removed. They now must resort to walking on the soft cartilage that was previously a part of their joints. These cats are known to chew at the stubs of their paws, and may suffer from chronic pain. And many owners find that their cats become more aggressive after the surgery.

A new study looked at the long term consequences of declawing from pain to litter box issues

To study the long-term consequences of declawing, researchers examined 274 cats of various ages, half had been declawed. Studying animals in shelters and others who had been brought in for veterinary appointments, they examined the cats for signs of pain, or litter-box issues, flinching in response to touch, body tension, and excessive licking or chewing of fur, among other things. They also looked at the cats’ medical histories and behavioral reports from their vets and owners.

Declawed cats were 7 times more likely to pee in inappropriate places, more likely to bite and become more aggressive!

They found that declawed cats were seven times more likely to pee in inappropriate places, four times more likely to bite people, three times more likely to be aggressive, and three times more likely to over-groom themselves. The declawed cats were three times more likely to be diagnosed with back pain (possibly because they had to modify their gait due to their missing toe bones) and/or chronic pain in their paws.

Declawed cats were more likely to urinate on the carpet because it’s soft and less painful

Declawed cats may be more likely to urinate on soft surfaces like carpets or clothing because it’s less painful than the gravel in the litterbox. Having no other way to defend themselves, they may resort to biting when in pain, and unfortunately for their humans, bite wounds from a cat may be more likely than scratches to cause infection and hospitalization.

Lead author Nicole Martell-Moran is a Texas veterinarian and a director at the Paw Project, an organization whose goal is to end cat declawing.

“The result of this research reinforces my opinion that declawed cats with unwanted behaviors may not be ‘bad cats’,” she said in a statement, “they may simply need pain management. We now have scientific evidence that declawing is more detrimental to our feline patients than we originally thought and I hope this study becomes one of many that will lead veterinarians to reconsider declawing cats.”

Declawing is outlawed in many developed countries, but not the U.S. or Canada. However, many American veterinary associations are opposed to declawing as they should be!

The study was first reported here : Popular Science

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