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Declawing & Scratching Post Issues: 
The Truth About Declawing

Here are some points to keep in mind about
1. "Declawing is an inhumane, unnecessary procedure that has many 
    alternatives. It is never in the cat's best interest. With declawing, we
    are interfering with a species' nature because of our own whims,
    misconceptions, misinformation, and sometimes, laziness. 
    " Dr. Neil C. Wolff, D.V.M. 
2. The harmful consequences of declawing are beginning to be
    recognized. The following are a sampling of the many humane
    organizations that publicly oppose declawing and publish 
    informational materials on the subject: 
bulletThe American Humane Association 
bullet The Humane Society of the United States 
bullet Friends of Animals (the national organization) 
bullet The International Society of Animal Rights 
bullet Tree House Animal Foundation 
3. Declawing is actually multiple amputations comparable to the
    removal of human fingertips at the first knuckle. Sensory and 
    motor nerves are cut, damaged, and destroyed. Recovery from 
    the surgery is a slow and painful process. Since cats are digitigrades
    (they walk on their toes) this procedure can hamper the sensations
    and enjoyment involved in walking, running, springing, climbing, 
    and stretching. 
4. Numerous case studies confirm the fact that many cats suffer
    irreversible psychological damage when their natural defense 
    system is removed. The nervous, defensive attitudes of many
    declawed cats suggest there is a heightened awareness of their
    vulnerability. Stress in cats, as in humans, takes it's a toll in a 
    variety of health and behavior problems.

    MYTH: "New surgical procedures eliminate the harmful effects of
    declawing." While more of the toe may be left intact, the cat is still
    handicapped for life, both physically and temperamentally
5. Veterinarians generally see only those pets that people want to
    keep, so they may not be aware of the fate of their patients who 
    were unable to adapt to a clawless life. Those in humane work, 
    however, see not only the lovable, well-behaved animals, but also
    the many that may have been rejected by their owners due to 
    behavior or temperament problems. Euthanasia is often the sad 
    ending for a declawed cat that might have otherwise led a normal 
    and happy life.

6. Feline behavior counselors, humane workers, and cat owners 
    who have the opportunity to observe clawed and declawed cats in
    their home environments, have noted that often declawed cats 
    exhibit one or more of the following problems:    
bulletPeculiar litter box preferences (e.g. smooth or soft surfaces) resulting in litter box avoidance (not always immediately after the operation, but frequently occurring later in life) 
bullet Unprovoked biting 
bullet Impaired balance and agility 
bullet Extreme timidity, especially when strangers or other animals are present 
bullet Lack of playful and vigorous activity in adulthood, resulting in obesity 
NOTE: It's easy to train a cat to use a good scratching post. To be cat-appealing, the post should be at least 30" tall, mounted in a stable
base, and covered with sisal rope. For information on how to make an irresistible scratching post see our article on scratching posts. 
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