Ethical Issues

The Case Against Declawing Cats

cats-fightingOf all the furry and feisty friends we have from the animal kingdom, only to a few do we extend the pleasure of being able to live under our own roofs. It’s a privilege that’s reserved for family; however let’s admit that some people really do think of these animals like they’re as good as blood-related! The lengths that pet owners would go to in order to better fit their pets into their lives have evolved immensely since we started domesticating them, however it’s certain that some of these methods of care tend to edge a little bit closer on the controversial side. One of the most discussed topics regarding this is undoubtedly the heated debate on declawing cats.

People opt to declaw their feline friends for a number of reasons, though often enough it has something to do with making it easier to live with them. After all, it would be a gigantic pain to come home to a your newly purchased couch with claw marks. Fact of the matter is, there are just way too many things in a regular household that could be shredded into bits.

A number of experts say that statistically speaking, declawing cats often improve the relationship between the cat and owner significantly. This is presumably due to less stress you expose the cat to because when you take away its claws, you take away the reason you’d have for reprimanding it. While this is common practice in a number of places around the world, as time passes by we can observe that more and more people are saying it is a practice that should be stopped.

It’s been argued that the surgical procedure used to declaw a cat can be compared to surgically removing a human being’s fingertips, just at the top of the knuckle, making it extremely inhumane. There are even accounts that say that because claws are essentially so often used for defense, taking it away from your cat can negatively affect the his or her morale and trust in you as an owner. While all of these things seem like a lot to consider already, these are just arguments on the basis that the procedure would go extremely well.1459233833513_Cat-claws

Some negative physical effects of a declawing procedure gone wrong can include painful claw regrowth, reopening of the surgical incision, paralysis and even hemorrhage – all of which have been observed to be quite common and in some cases, even unavoidable.

Having covered all of that, it’s definitely apparent that the discussion on whether or not it’s right to declaw cats is a complicated one. There are many factors to consider, and as time goes on we get more and more facts and insights to consider before taking a stance. Hopefully as the cat-loving community moves forward, everyone continues to research, argue and improve on the ways they feel would best nurture their pets. After all, at the end of the day all everyone wants is a loving home and a happy life for their feline companion.

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