Elective- as defined
by dictionary.com: ..beneficial to the patient but not essential for survival. open to choice; optional; not required…
So many breeders, most of them, are against declawing.
Having worked in the veterinary field for 10 years and counting, having seen HUNDREDS of patients recovering from this
procedure moments, days and some even years after. Having it performed on a kitten of my own, I can with full confidence support
Did you know that JUST like declawing, spays and neuters
are ELECTIVE procedures? This means that while it may be of a benefit to the animal, it is HUMAN CHOICE and not critical to
the animal’s survival. Society has gladly welcomed spaying and neutering with open hands in today’s world in an
effort to combat the animal overpopulation problem. But, mention declawing, and most people have a skewed, unrealistic view
on it. Did you know that by supporting declawing you are helping combat pet overpopulation? We think nothing of robbing
an animal of it’s testicles or ovaries because this is more convenient to us humans. Is there no pain associated with
these procedures?? Are there no risks or possible deaths with anesthesia alone, and furthermore for serious complications
afterwards?? I’ve seen ill effects including intestines roll out of the abdominal cavity when a female cat
ripped all of her sutures out after a spay- and what about the risk of infection? The truth is- declawing is MUCH LESS risky
than a spay- and LESS PAINFUL. Can we really even compare a large incision in the abdominal cavity to the snipping of
the end of the last joint on a cats’ toe? Seriously. I’m FOR all of these procedures- but helping to convey a
realistic view of exactly what comparison lies here. Spaying certainly has more health benefits to the animal, but both declawing
and spaying can have EQUAL BENEFITS TO THE OWNERS.
Consider what would happen if declawing was no longer
permitted. Consider the hundreds of thousands of homes for cats provided by elderly individuals. Consider those with medical
conditions; the anemic, those taking prescription blood thinners, or those that are especially thin-skinned, just to name
a few. These people MUST have their cat de-clawed in order to prevent unnecessary blood loss or bodily harm
from the playful kitty at the foot of the bed that has lacerated them while they are sleeping.
Consider another huge population of cat owners; those
who rent. Most landlords do not appreciate damage to wood work, carpets, and other household fixtures. What if all of these
people were forced to surrender their cats and overfill shelters even more so??
Most scratching done by kittens is playful, most done
by adults is territorial/behavioral- only occasionally is it done aggressively. While the opposing might recommend using other
tools and tips to avoid declawing- they rarely are a permanent fix. For instance, recommending that you provide your kitty
with a sisal covered post, or carpeting turned inside-out so that kitty won’t associate this scratching area with softer
materials like carpeting, mattresses and sofas. Honestly, do you think during your long working days your cat is going to
ALWAYS use the designated scratching area? Even if he/she had ONE slip-up per day- using the arm of your recliner, imagine
the damage after 1 month of once-daily scratching. I promise damage would be easy to detect! Some may suggest Soft-Paws or
comparible claw coverings. While these are nice- they are costly, temporary, and often only work as a bandaid to the problem
I’ve seen HUNDREDS of kittens and cats- ranging
from 10 weeks to 14 years- recover from declawing. I would estimate about 90% of them, the next morning, are playfully cuffing
out through their kennels for attention- not at all apprehensive. They have NO CLUE they had surgery, let alone were declawed.
Some pull their little “booties” off and begin kneading, and purring immediately. If it was REALLY as painful
as these extremists say- wouldn’t they at least show a tiny amount of hesitation? Oh, but they are still under the affects
of anesthesia, somewhat? What about afterwards, when they are at home? Having had it performed on a kitty myself, Willy, I
saw exactly what recovery was like. In one word: UNEVENTFUL. Willy walked around perfectly fine, and did have to adapt to
no claws when he went to jump into my lap and dig in as he usually does. He slid, and I caught him. He used his litter box
with no hesitation- and even continued to bury his droppings, not reluctant at all. Not once did his paws bleed, or swell.
The lies about claws growing back in scary places, while possible, is actually VERY rare. Only if claws are missed or not
fully/properly removed will they return. And no, he didn’t develop any gruesome behavioral problems afterwards. He wasn't scarred
for life, emotionally distraught of painfully disfigured. He was the same old Willy. He walked the same way, and raced
through the house for that matter.
Personally, all the kitties at Darling Dolls Cattery
still have their claws. This doesn’t mean that I won’t some day declaw. Especially taking into consideration my
pitiful English-style sofa that now has giant holes in it‘s would-be gorgeous arms. And, my upstairs Berber carpeting
that is missing patches and unwinding in several areas. Not to mention my wood work in the living room that has become carvings
of the cats’ creations. I realize damage with animals is to be expected, but if this can be avoided with a simple, inexpensive
declawing procedure that the cat will not remember and will not suffer long term post traumatic stress because
of, as those opposing wish for you to believe, where does the harm truly lie? Declawing does not affect a cat's quality of
life, at all.
Bottom line- Declawing is a personal choice- just like
spaying and neutering. All of these procedures- while having some health benefit to the animals, yes- have MORE benefit to
their humans. This is necessary with domestication and civilization, and is inevitable. Support de-clawing, and you’ll
prevent thousands of ridiculously unnecessary cat surrenders. SUPPORT DECLAWING AND YOU WILL SUPPORT ANIMAL ADOPTION/RESCUE.