I am removing her claws because i am pregnant and i don’t want the Bactria from her shit in my baby’s blood nor on my tables, bed, or places that have to be clean for a baby. There is nothing wrong with declawing a cat. It don’t hurt them one bit, its not cruel when the animals is not suffering by…
Just saw this post. I wish to do nothing but spread the word about what, exactly, goes into “de-clawing” a cat. I am not a veterinarian but I am a certified VOA, trained in small animal procedures and animal behaviour, and I work at an animal hospital - both large and small animal wards. This is what I know from experience AND what I was taught by a woman who was the manager of a veterinary clinic for eight years:
De-clawing a cat is, by definition, an amputation. It is not something that can be done with a quick visit to your vet; it is a surgery. Cats have claws; they are not nails. Please note the difference: a cat can retract her claws in and out of the pads of her paws, while dogs, who have nails, cannot. Bear in mind the anatomy of this: a cat’s claws are actually a part of the last bone in her paws, or phalange - the equivalent of the human finger bone. For the claw to be removed, the last phalange has to be amputated.
A cat’s body was designed specifically to give her agility, grace, and balance. To remove digits from her paws completely throws her equilibrium off. It alters the conformation of her feet drastically. You are also denying your cat her primary means of self-defense.
Cats do not adjust well to being “de-clawed”. Many cats, while recuperating after surgery, scratch their bandaged paws endlessly against their cages because they are traumatized, often mutilating themselves further. Remember that during your cat’s recovery time she still has to jump, climb, use her litter box, and walk - all on her freshly amputated toes.
Veterinarians do not recommend “de-clawing” your cat. It is a painful surgery with a painful recovery period. In many European countries “de-clawing” is illegal because it is inhumane.
There are many reasons a person may wish that their cat did not have claws - such as distructive habits. However, any animal will bring a certain amount of bacteria into the house, whether she has claws or not. Bacteria can be carried on anything - what makes you think YOU won’t carry bacteria in under your own fingernails? Why don’t you amputate your own finger bones?
If you are that concerned about germs around your baby, keep your cat out of your baby’s nursery and keep her off counters and table tops. Keep anti-bacterial wipes on hand. But here’s the hard fact: your baby will encounter germs and bacteria throughout her life. It’s inevitable. That’s why living things are born with immune systems. There is no such thing as “de-clawing”. It is mutilation.
There is never a good reason to mutilate your cat. Ever.