NO DECLAWING PLEASE
NO DECLAWING PLEASE
AS A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER OF 34 YEARS, I VEHEMENTLY DISAGREE WITH DECLAWING OF CATS. I AM EMBARRASED TO ADMIT I HAD DECLAWED ONE OF MY CATS MANY YEARS AGO, I JUST DID NOT KNOW HOW DAMAGING IT WAS. HER PERSONALITY COMPLETELY CHANGED. SHE WAS SWEET AND LOVING PRIOR, AFTERWARDS SHE BECAME AGGRESSIVE, ALOOF, AND ....SAD. SHE WAS NEVER THE SAME.
I REGRET THAT DECISION TO CHANGE HER LIFE TO THIS DAY, ALTHOUGH I AM DISAPPOINTED IN MYSELF FOR THAT DECISION IT HAS TAUGHT ME A VALUABLE LESSON IN COMPASSION AND IN LOVE.
IF YOU LOVE YOUR CAT, PLEASE DO NOT MAIM THEM.
SUPPORT DECLAWING BANS
SUPPORT THE BAN ON DECLAWING CATS. IT IS AN INHUMANE PROCEDURE THAT IS COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES TO DECLAWING THAT ARE HUMANE
The Impact and Effect of Declawing
Many veterinarians do not explain to cat owners what really occurs in a declawing operation. The procedure is essentially ten complex amputations. The cat must remain anesthetized for quite a the entire procedure, increasing operative risk.
A cat's claw is a complex digit. It is not just a fingernail as it is with humans. The nails retract and are actuated by muscles and tendons. By cutting into these, you raise the risk of serious long-term physical and emotion impacts for your cat.
Declawed cats in effect are reduced in their ability to gain traction and to walk properly. They have to move with their weight shifted backwards from their natural posture. Claws exist for many reasons:
• To stretch out muscles and spine
• To help exercise and stay fit
• To provide defense against mistreatment or other animals
• To provide traction and grip in all sorts of environments
The consequences of declawing are larger than many people realize. Cat's behaviors can change. Declawed cats no longer have their primary defense mechanism and turn to biting as a default behavior. Physical ailments such as premature arthritis, cystitis, or perennial skin disorders can occur. Bungled surgeries can result in growth of deformed claws or serious infection.
Some Alternatives to Declawing
• Provide a tall, sturdy and heavy scratching post that you occasionally sprinkle with catnip. There are many varieties of scratcher. Some with carpet, some with sisal rope. All help provide a natural outlet for your cat's scratching.
• There are also now plastic sheathing caps (such as SOFTPAWS) that you can apply to your cat's front claws.
• When selecting your household furniture, find closely woven and smooth fabrics. Cats have a hard time piercing tightly woven materials, and find smooth fabrics less enticing than rougher surfaces.
• If acclimated to being handled, cats will eventually tolerate or even enjoy having their nails trimmed on a regular basis. It is important to work this into their routine as a positive activity, not as a punishment for scratching. Consult your vet for instructions.
• Until your cat learns the proper locations for scratching (scratchers, toys, etc.), cover unprotected furniture with aluminum foil, double-sided tap or other materials that give him pause. Many pet supply stores have materials that will help with this.
• When playing with a cat or kitten, it is important to never use your hand or individual fingers as playthings. This teaches the cat that people are toys and she or he may scratch to play. Each time your cat scratches you intentionally, say "OWW" and leave his or her presence. This provides an incentive to stop scratching if they wish to play with you.
• When you find him using the scratchers praise him like you would your canine friend. Positive reinforcement is everything. If he doesn't use the right item, don't scream, hit or throw things. This will only frighten or confuse him. Remember, positive reinforcement is everything. Praise, praise and more praise.
• If all else fails, get a squirt bottle or squirt gun. When caught in the act - and only when caught in the act - say a loud "NO!" and give him one quick squirt to his body, not his face. You could also shake a rock or marble filled can or drop a magazine on the floor. These methods intrude on where his concentration was, upsets him and he learns from repetition, that is why praise and love work so well and are the preferred method. Sooner or later he will get the hint. Remember, positive reinforcement is the key.