Before you accuse me of being one of those wimpy, weeping pet owners, give me a chance. Because I too, just like you, once believed that declawing a cat was no big deal. I mean, come on, so they cut some nails, so what? He will get over it! My carpet and furniture will be saved and everyone happy.

not so

The cold hard truth

First of all, did you know that declawing is illegal in almost two dozen countries around the world? And for good reason. Despite popular belief, cat claws are not like our fingernails. In reality, each nail is very attached to the bone, which means that the last bone of the cat’s nail must be removed, somewhat like amputating the last joint of your cat’s nail. toes. It’s not exactly a simple manicure.

It is not really a human act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period, in which the cat will still have to use his paws to walk, jump and scratch himself in the litter box, regardless of his pain.

Aside from the physical pain, losing claws is a huge psychological test for a cat. A cat without claws feels helpless because one of its main ways of protecting itself suddenly disappears.

You might be thinking, “Helpless!? My cat is a pampered indoor kitty who never has to worry about predators!” No matter. The cat’s instincts are still there, whether it’s an indoor cat or not. Declawing can make a once-friendly cat so fearful that it hides or hisses whenever an unfamiliar face appears. He may even resort to biting when he feels threatened. Declawed cats may also suddenly refuse to use the litter box, possibly because postoperative foot pain worsens when they dig in the litter, and the association causes them to avoid the box.

So what’s a frustrated feline lover to do with tattered furniture? Before throwing your hands in the air, there are some solutions. I’ll be honest, these products I bought from PETCO work for many cat owners, but not everyone. At least give them a chance:

  • Sisal scratching posts/posts – These durable, rough surfaces are treated with catnip to attract your kitty. They help your cat groom his claws while taking care of your carpet and furniture.
  • Soft Claws Nail Caps – Soft plastic nail caps stick over your cat’s nails. They are easy to apply at home, comfortable for your cat and do not interfere with the normal extension and retraction of their claws. They come in all different sizes.
  • Millers Forge Cat’s Claw Scissors – Cut your cat’s claws frequently to prevent them from becoming too long and sharp. (But only if they are inside cats!) These scissors come in all styles and sizes.

If none of these ideas work, ask your vet or other cat owners for other solutions. Your cat will thank you!