I’m reblogging this post by Tom Duhamel, because it is so well written and thorough, and such an important issue for people who love cats. Thanks, Tom.
A number of cat owners consider declawing as a solution to a common problem. While they bring their lot of joy, cats have this major annoyance, they scratch.
While declawing seems like the ideal solution, please read on before you take your decision.
The main reason people wish to declaw their cat is to protect the furniture. Some also do so by fear that a cat might harm someone, in particular babies and young children.
Known in the wild as declawing, the procedure is called onychectomy by veterinarians. The h is not pronounced, it sounds like ‘onikektomi’. It comes from Greek meaning nail excision.
The surgery consists in the removal of the claw along with the distal phalanx (the end bone at the tip of the toe). This is necessary because, unlike human nails, the root of the claw in cats is within the bone…
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