Cat Comments: Declawing isn’t a quick fix

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The other browsing through some animal shelters websites, I noticed that their cats were declawed. I don’t know that much about cats or declawing but researching all the facts is quite disturbing. Some cat owners declaw their cats as a fast solution to the feline’s scratching habits. It does more harm than good for the cat by:

  1. Cats won’t be able to defend themselves or find a proper getaway like a tree if they don’t have their claws: What is a dog or wild animal is chasing them and they can’t protect themselves?
  2. Cats tend to not use their litter boxes properly after they have been declawed. Cats claw their area to marker their territory.
  3. It doesn’t extend their life span.
  4. It affects how they walk. Cats have to relearn how to walk without their claws and adapt to a more possible uncomfortable gait. This can cause joint and
    arthritis later down the road.
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