For many cat owners, their pet's natural impulse to scratch can become a problem. De-clawing may at first seems like a logical solution. However, de-clawing creates more problems than it solves.
Physical and emotional complications arise from this procedure that are so severe, many people end up relinquishing their pets to animal shelters.
De-clawing is a painful AMPUTATION of the entire first digit, not just the nail. Once the digit has been removed, cats can no longer perform their natural stretching and kneading rituals. They become weaker as they age, and experience higher incidence of arthritis in their backs and shoulders.
Cats without claws have lost their first line of defense. They live in a constant state of stress. Less able to protect themselves, they cannot fight off other animals or escape from a dangerous situation. Most declawed cats will become biters because they can no longer use their claws as defense.
GROOMERS, VETERINARIANS AND PEOPLE WHO CARE FOR DE-CLAWED CATS, WILL TELL YOU (IF YOU ASK) THAT DE-CLAWED CATS ARE NERVOUS, IRRITABLE AND DOWNRIGHT DIFFICULT TO HANDLE.
Finally, de-clawed cats often stop using their litter boxes. Some cats apparently associate the pain they fell in their paws when trying to cover their waste with the litter box itself. These cats seek a less painful place to urinate, such as a carpet or sofa. Even though there are ways to modify a cat's litter box behavior, in de-clawed cats it is a particularly difficult challenge because the aversion results from PAIN!!!
One of our volunteers found a solution to the scratching. She writes, "Our cats would not stop scratching our brand new couch (and other chairs and couches too) so, instead of declawing, I did my research and found a website that sold what they call "soft paws" which are caps that go over the cat's claws. We ordered them hoping it would work and they work great!!! Sassy hasn't even noticed her hot pink toe-nails and she still scratches her scratching-posts! What an amazing product! Plus, they were made by a vet. (Sylvester cannot wear them because he is an outdoor cat)." The website is: http://www.softpaws.com