• icon_specialneeds1 Special Needs
  • icon_needsfixin1 Needs to be spayed or neutered
  • icon_declawed1 Declawed
  • icon_paired_cats1 Pair-bonded
  • icon_specialrate1 Special Rate
  • icon_utd0 May not be up-to-date on vaccinations
  • icon_utd1 Up-to-date on vaccinations

Pet Care: Cats: Information on Declawing

Don't Do It!

PetSavers does not approve of declawing

  • A cat’s remarkable grace and agility are in part due to his retractable claws that allow him to establish footing for walking, running springing, climbing or stretching.

  • 99% of the time it is unnecessary to declaw if your cat is properly trained and his nails are clipped periodically.

  • Declawing is a serious operation which removes the last digit, not just the nail on a cat’s paw. This is equivalent to removing your finger to the first knuckle. A few cats never walk again.

  • Approximately 20% of declawed cats stop using their litter boxes. Some experts believe this has something to do with the lack of a “scratching sensation.”

  • Many sweet, affectionate cats experience personality changes once they have been declawed and can become biters. A cat will feel defenseless without claws and may turn to its only other form of defense — his teeth.

  • The physical effect of declawing may be the gradual weakening of the muscles of the legs, shoulders and back. Balance may also be impaired.