Alternatives to declawing
Kittens have always been born with claws, 5 on each front paw and 4 claws on each hind paw. Several years ago, due to various fears (a child getting injured, ruined furniture, seeing the kitty climbing the curtains, etc.), declawing (called “onyxectomy”) was a “trend”! Either the front two paws or all four paws were declawed. Morals have evolved and knowledge as well! This surgery, which is comparable to the amputation of a phalanx, is more and more questioned because it is considered aesthetic or to please the human rather than the well-being and health of the cat. Fortunately, there are now solutions for this issue in indoor cats. In addition to regular nail trims, the addition of a specific place where the cat scratch (scratch post, cat tree), there is also the possibility of installing small individual rubber caps that are glued onto on each claw. They usually remain in place for 4-6 weeks; cats get used to it easily. This will protect the furniture from unwanted scratches. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian for more information!