The Truth About Declawing: it is a fact that not many owners are really aware of how the declawing procedure is done, what it exactly consists of and how lengthily and challenging the recovery time may be.
Declawing a cat is not really a cat's french manicure. It is an amputation. It may be compared to amputating the last portion of our finger tips. The cat's claws are therefore removed along with essential nerves, muscles and bones. This requires general anesthesia with all the risks associated with it, bandaging and an often painful and lengthy recovery time.
While amputating a finger may sound painful enough, owners often do not realize that a cat undergoes 10 amputations or even more if a cat is polydactyl (with extra toes).
The extra cost of having your cat's declaw done with laser is worth every penny if you are concerned about your cat's well being. Cats undergoing laser surgery seem to bleed less and recover faster.
Many owners are often surprised in picking up a declawed cat with bandages or bloody paws. They also may not be aware that their cat would need a special litter that is soft on their paw's for several weeks to follow. Yesterday's news is often recommended for cats after their declaw surgery.
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Pain medications are optional, but I would recommend any cat owner to have them given. Cats can appear to be pretty stoic in hiding their pain and may appear normal while instead they may be in excruciating pain. The reason behind this is that cats are also prey and should they give signals of showing pain or weakness, they would quickly end up being somebody else's dinner.
Recovery is more likely than not painful and lengthy. Some cats may refuse to walk, play and be their normal selves. Complications are often a possibility consisting in chronic pain lameness, abscesses and in some cases regrowth of the claw.
Psychologically, declawed cats may feel frustrated and vulnerable up to a point that they resort to biting as a second line of defense. While this does not occur in all declawed cats, some seem to begin to exhibit some behavioral problems. A declawed cat as well may no longer scratch furniture but it may start have house training problems as the litter may feel unpleasant on the cat's paws.
Declawing is considered illegal or immoral in some countries such as England, Germany, Australia and many more. There are other moral and more acceptable means to reduce your cat's scratching. Nail trimmings, scratching posts and the use of "Soft Paws" may really work if owners give their cats a chance. Cats were meant to have claws to defend themselves, climb, knead, walk and play. Depriving them from claws is like mutilating a human's finger tips something nobody sane of mind would ever think of. Please think twice before declawing your cat. Declawing should be considered only as a last resort when other methods have failed and re-homing a cat or sending it to a shelter would be the only other option.