Why You Shouldn’t Declaw Your Cat

 

Why The Way Home Rescue Recommends Not to Declaw Your Cat

A lot of cat owners will declaw their cats for many reasons, but this is one of the many reasons why The Way Home Rescue recommends not to declaw your cat. What if your cat gets out? It’s inevitable, at some point, your cat will make it beyond your front door in a journey they might not be well prepared for. It happens on accident, but if a declawed cat gets lost, he or she will have a struggle hunting or defending itself on its own. A cat’s claws are a vital element in climbing, hunting, and defending! If you truly love your cat, don’t get them declawed, because if they get lost, your also reducing the chance of the cats survival outside your home. The Way Home Rescue does NOT declaw any of our rescued cats or kittens

 

If performed on a human being, declawing would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle. -The Humane Society

 

Crazy! If you would like to keep your finger nails, then most likely your cat would also like to keep their claws. This isn’t just a simple pedicure, this is an operation that will impact the cat for the rest of its life and could make things even worse. Of course these aren’t the only reasons why you shouldn’t, there are also chances of medical drawback, not properly using the litter box, and/or a cat becoming a biter since they don’t have any other defense mechanisms. The Way Home Rescue recommends to NOT declaw your cat!

 

 

Tips on how to stop unwanted scratching

So you decided to NOT declaw your cat! That is great! Here at The Way Home Rescue, we would like to provide some helpful tips on how to stop unwanted scratching!

• Keep their nails trimmed, it will minimize household damage
• Acquire cat scratching posts, some cat trees come with them attached
• Purchase Sticky Paws to stop furniture scratching
• Get Soft Paws, which are plastic caps that cover your kitties nails

If you are looking to adopt, please make your way to The Way Home Rescue’s pet page to see who is looking for their forever home!

Written by: Westley Ferguson, Web Designer & Front-End Developer for The Way Home Rescue