My Mistake

Several years ago I had my cat declawed because she was clawing on the furniture even though she had a scratching post. It was not until later that I was informed just what was involved in the actual procedure of declawing and I felt quite guilty for having subjected my own cat to such a cruel procedure. I have never had it performed on any of my several cats since. For a human it would be like rather than clipping your fingernails, you'd cut off the tips of your fingers at the first knuckle thus removing the entire nail.

Written by Veterinarian, Dr. Christianne Schelling:


If you are considering declawing your cat, please read this. It will only take a moment, and it will give you valuable information to help you in your decision.

First, you should know that declawing is pretty much an American thing, it's something people do for their own convenience without realizing what actually happens to their beloved cat. In England declawing is termed "inhumane" and "unnecessary mutilation." I agree. In many European countries it is illegal. I applaud their attitude.

Before you make the decision to declaw your cat, there are some important facts you should know. Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Wheelchairs and bedpans are not an option for a cat.

No cat lover would doubt that cats--whose senses are much keener than ours--suffer pain. They may, however, hide it better. Not only are they proud, they instinctively know that they are at risk when in a weakened position, and by nature will attempt to hide it. But make no mistake. This is not a surgery to be taken lightly.

Your cat's body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility and beauty that is unique to felines. Its claws are an important part of this design. Amputating the important part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the conformation of their feet. The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors.

The following is a list of countries in which declawing cats is either illegal or considered extremely inhumane and only performed under extreme circumstances.













Northern Ireland









New Zealand





neonshades neonshades
51-55, M
6 Responses Mar 11, 2010

this country makes me sick. laziness and ignorance. as long as i clip my cats nails he doesn't scratch. if he does, it doesn't do anything because their not sharp. take the time to clip nails carefully, train your pets, or just let them do what they naturally do. and shame shame on the veterinarians here who perform the procedure.

Your fortunate that your cat doesn't prefer to scratch on furniture. I bought a really nice scratching post for mine but they prefer the couch & recliner to scratch on.

I did have an idea of this, but thank you for sharing this. I, myself, have a cat who fortunately uses the cat scratch more than my furniture lol, but boy does he have sharp claws lol....he has caused minor damage to my furniture, but I know he could have caused much more damage if he wanted to. Funnily enough his claws are part of him...he kind of looks like a minature black panther - and I love him to bits lolol.

I don't mind the scratched furniture anymore, it's all replaceable.

It is not only painful it leaves the cat defenseless should it get outside.Don't mind a few scratches for my sweet little friends company.

Wow I never knew.. I'm definetly not declawing a cat ever