Attention ladies and gentlemen, prepare for furbulence
Anyone who has watched the popular TV show “Game of Thrones” will know just how terrible bodily mutilation is. And that is exactly what cat declawing is, it is a form of mutilation and one that is forced upon our furry feline companions on a daily basis. Is this is a procedure that should be performed because of medical necessity, or whether an owner has the right? In my opinion no pet owner can take the moral high ground when the result of the procedure will end in suffering for their pet. “How could anyone in their right mind declaw a cat or a kitten? I could never imagine committing such an injustice” Ricky Gervais wrote in a statement, lending support to the debate. But don’t take Gervais’s opinion on the subject as fact, to make an informed decision about this issue you must understand the reasoning and science behind it.
There are several different techniques to remove a cats claws. But the general aim of declawing is to remove the third phalanx or bone from a cats digits (Rasmussen, 2014). To remove the claw, you must remove the bone from the bone grows from. Performing this requires a surgeon to use a tool similar to a guillotine to cut a straight line through the joint, which fits in between two pieces of bone in the cats paw (Eckstein, 2016). When this technique is performed the pad of the cat is cut in half too. This is like cutting the tip of your finger off. When the cat’s paw is cut it can’t walk comfortably for weeks after, and many cats put weight on.
It sounds painful, sure, but what are the pros and cons of this procedure?
The pros and cons sum up the reasoning behind why an owner may have their cat declawed. Does a bit of furniture damage and scratches necessitate the painful removal of a cats claws?
Conclusively this is a still a traumatising and painful experience for both owner and pet, and one that should not be undertaken lightly.
Eckstein, S (2016) Declawing cats: Positives, negatives, and aternatives. Available at: URL [http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/declawing-cats-positives-negatives-alternatives]
Poupore, J. (2016) Ricky Gervais – Actor, writer, director – Lends support to veterinarian- supported declaw ban in New York state. Available at : URL [http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/04/prweb13375811.html]
Rasmussen, L. (2014) To declaw or not to declaw? How to navigate the debate Inner Grove Heights, Minnesota