Reasons Not to Declaw Your Cat

Cats and dogs are both different in their traits, to keep as pets. While dogs appear more buff and tough as compared to cats, with the exception of some breeds, cats, however, are more tender than tough. Their peculiar traits are characterized by spontaneous bursts of energy and most of the times they are tender and loving creatures.

If you own a cat and are considering to buff your cat’s paws, do not do it. There are reasons why you shouldn’t declaw your cat’s paws and some of them are serious enough to convince you.

Before you go do something as permanent as declawing your cat, consider these cons:


You Are Robbing the Cat of its Defensive Abilities

Cats have the natural predatory instinct linked to their claws. Build like a lion but with a comparatively toned down and less fatal tendency; declawed cats are like lions without claws. The lion will no longer remain the king of the jungle, being deprived of his predatory weaponry. Cats are inquisitive beings who are always on the go for discovering and probing new things, without claws, however, they cannot climb or fulfill their scratching urges.

Becomes More Aggressive or Fearful

Cat owners are aware of the fact that their feline pets are introverted creatures who take a lot of time opening up to their owners and new people. They have shy instincts which would mean they would remain hidden for long hours of the day without making a public appearance, except for food and water. You might also notice that the cat which had been ignoring you for days comes up out of the blue to lie on your lap. All these traits prove that cats require their time and space to warm up to places, people, and situations.

Now imagine you declaw your cat, this would take your relationship with your cat back to square one. Also, there will be an increasingly aggressive attitude radiating from your cat. It is a sign that your cat no longer trusts you.

Surgery is Always Painful

The pain of the surgery might be prevented through anesthetic inducement but what comes days after it wears off is the pain. After the surgery has been done and the cat tests its paws for the first time, to find out the difference, it will most likely feel the pain as well as sadness. Moreover, after surgery their nails grow into their paws, causing them extra pain.

And on that note, also do not clip your cat’s whiskers as they are equally important to them. The whiskers help them to judge and analyze if they can fit into certain places- and all cat owners know that these feline creatures have a thing for small and closed spaces.

If it’s really that much of a nuisance for you, consider trimming your cat’s nails, teach them where to scratch and where not to and get scratching posts installed around the house instead of going for something as permanent as declawing them entirely.


Our Four Legged Children- The Cat Edition

At the moment, we have four cats and two dogs. Growing up, there always were cats and dogs in our home. Even though I am allergic to them, I still would not give them up.

The queen of our home is Cupcake. Cupcake is a 16 year old Tuxedo. She was given to me as a runt. I had another cat at the time named Sammie, a Cow Cat, who took her under his wing, or paw. They were inseparable. He passed away when he was 10 and she was 7.




When I bought my house, I adopted Midnight. She was a 3-year-old Black long-haired. I gravitate to black cats because no one wants them. She was such a mellow cat. Sad to say, she passed away last year.

The year after I adopted Midnight, I went into our local pet store and they had kittens for adoptions. My mind was made up not to adopt another cat. It was not going to happen. I would not even look in that direction. The woman there asked me if I would like a kitten. I told her no and tried to get away. Then she said, “But look, Sammy likes you. He’s trying to get to you.” You guessed it. Another cat was coming home with me. I felt that Sammie was telling me I needed another.


Later that same year, I adopted Spencer and Princess Anna. My daughter wanted a cat of her own for her birthday. It had to be an orange tabby she saw online. Sad to say, it was gone when I got to the pet store, but I saw Spencer. She fell in love with him. While we were there, there was another kitten, just hiding. I thought she was adorable. A long-haired brown tabby. I was told she was a feral kitten and difficult for anyone to adopt. Challenge accepted. I took her with me. She seemed so regal as if she knew I would cater to her.

I call Sammy, Spencer and Princess Anna the youngsters. Cupcake was 8 when they arrived on the scene and she wasn’t having any of their antics. Now, they are 8 years old. I wonder how they will be when and if I get a pair of kittens. My thought is you don’t get one kitten unless you have a cat that will put up with them. Get them in pairs so they have each other to play with.

Looking to adopt? My motto is “Adopt don’t Shop.”

This is the site I used to find my furry kids.