Crazy cat ladies of America,
you have some explaining to do. According to a recent Associated Press poll, 55 percent of cat guardians are in favor of declawing, while only 8 percent of
dog fanciers agree with debarking, or surgically removing dogs' vocal chords.
I can only hope that most of the
people who voted for declawing don't know exactly what it is. Declawing is like taking a hatchet to a hangnail—literally. It involves 10 separate,
painful surgeries, severing not just the nails but the whole joint, including
the bones, ligaments, and tendons.
Complications of declawing include
chronic pain, nerve damage, hemorrhaging, bone chips, recurrent infections, and
abnormal regrowth of the nail inside the paw. Oh, and let's not forget those
other two common "complications"—biting and spraying. I've had two
declawed cats in my life (both were already declawed when they came to me), and
one was a biter and the other is a sprayer. Think snagged furniture is the
worst of your problems? Try walking into a house that reeks of cat urine. It
takes destruction of property to a whole new level.
Not all declawed cats become biters
and sprayers, of course, but you have no way of knowing how your cat will react
until it's too late. Declawing is a permanent solution to what is often a
temporary problem. Kittens usually outgrow their urge to scale the drapes and
attack your wiggling toes. Most cats naturally gravitate toward scratching
posts and cardboard scratching boxes, especially if you make them more alluring
with catnip and toys. Claws' destructiveness can be curtailed with biweekly
trimming. You trim your dog's nails—why not your cat's?
Find more tips on discouraging cats
from scratching furniture in PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You.
Via The Sacramento
Written by Alisa Mullins
I think that if you are going to have a cat inside than that is just fine to declaw and that it is none of anyones buisness if a owner wants there cat declawed. All cat at some point are going to rip up furniture and other things. Dogs being debarked I DNT THINK SO that is wrong. If you dont like a dog to bark than dont get it but there again it is not our place to tell someone what they can do. Peta is a bunch on people that have nothing better to do than stick there nose where it should not be. This is why the world is like it is. We have the right to do what we want and if it is eating meat, rodeo, declawing cats, having a litter of dogs, farming, fishing, hunting, than that is what we can do.
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