Declawing was once a common practice for cat owners. Instead of relying on scratching posts or having to file or trim a cat’s nails regularly, owners could bring the cat to a veterinarian who would permanently remove the claws. However, this can be incredibly painful and cruel to these animals. At our animal hospital in Chicago, we are proudly a No-Declaw Hospital. Here’s Why:
Declawing Can Be a Painful Procedure
Declawing is not like a simple pedicure. When compared to humans, traditional declawing is equivalent to cutting off each finger at the last knuckle. It is unnecessary and inflicts lasting ill-effects on your cat.
The Negative Side Effects of Declawing
After the declawing surgery, regardless of medications meant to help with the pain, your cat must cope with the many proven side effects. These include residual intermittent or persistent pain in the paw, possible infection, possible tissue necrosis (tissue death), and back pain. It is almost like the cat is now forced to wear an uncomfortable pair of shoes. If the claws are improperly removed, then there could even be nerve damage or bone spurs. Some cats may also use their teeth (and bite) more because they can no longer use their claws. Their coordination for jumping and climbing is affected. Their enjoyment with playing is greatly decreased because they can no longer grip toys or “prey” items like a feather on wands or toy mice. And there is a documented increase in inappropriate elimination problems (cats peeing outside the litter box) after they are declawed.
Many people look at declawing as a solution to a (behaviorally correctable) problem, but in fact, don’t realize all the problems that they’re inflicting on their beloved cats.
At Village West Veterinary, our sole purpose is your pet’s health and comfort. We care for your cats, which is why we maintain our status as a No-Declaw animal hospital in Chicago. To learn about our veterinary hospital, contact us at 773-697-7052.