Did you know that declawing is illegal in 27 countries?

Declawing is the amputation of a cat’s toe at the first joint. It’s a major surgery that will leave your cat in pain, possibly for the rest of their life. It causes emotional anguish as well as physical discomfort.

image of where a cat's toes are amputated during a declawing procedure

Declawing can lead to chronic pain, arthritis, lameness, nerve and tissue damage, gangrene, abscesses, paw pad atrophy, and bone regrowth. 33% of cats suffer from behavioral problems after declawing, such as biting and not using the litter box.

So, what is the alternative?

Cat nails can be trimmed regularly, and various scratchers can be provided. Cats enjoy enrichment toys in multiple locations in the home to keep them busy. Be sure to promote healthy playing by not providing your fingers and toes as toys. Please reach out to your veterinarian or a behaviorist with any concerns about your cat before considering declawing. It’s natural for cats to scratch!

Watch Ruff Start Cat Foster Manager, Hannah, share tips to help your cats scratch on approved surfaces.