Why Is Declawing Cats Controversial?
To brainstorm a production of iheartmedia in brain stuff. Lauren Bobin here those it look as if Jack. The ripper went dog day afternoon on your couch. Does it seem Edward. SCISSORHANDS continually carves abstract figures into your door jams. If you answer yes to these questions chances. Are you have a cat. Cats are notorious for scratching some scratch furniture. Some picket carpets a few slice human flesh. They used chair legs scratching posts and have been known to shred drapes and tablecloths into rags caps scratch. That's what they do. The American Veterinary Medical Association the Avian A says that this is both perfectly normal but conversely that up to half of people's complaints about feline behavior regards destructive scratching cats don't do it for malevolent reasons but mainly to mark their territory sharpen their nails stretch their tiny cat muscles or remove dead husks from their claws. All of this is natural and instinctive but because such activities can have unwanted consequences many cat owners resort to declawing they're felines but what exactly does this process entail and why is it controversial in July of two thousand nineteen. New York became the first state to outlaw cat declawing a pet owners who declaw their cats for anything other than medically necessary therapeutic purposes like in the case of feline cancer can face a stiff thousand dollar caller fine. Let's because declawing isn't a benign practice. The most common procedures involve a veterinarian amputating the last bone of each cat toe with ablade or laser. It's the equivalent of cutting off each of a human's fingers at the last knuckle other procedures involve severing the Tendon in each toe that controls the toes claw that option allows the clock to remain. The cat. Just won't be able to use it. The cloud will continue to grow though meaning the owner will likely have to trim the cat's nails else any kind of surgery like this done to a creature with a central nervous system is of course going to be painful but how painful pain in animals is tricky to measure. They can't talk us through it and we know that in humans when we experienced pain it's not just that we've taken damage and it hurts hurts but further damage and hurt is upsetting. We can't know whether animals have a similar response but there are some cues we can take from animals to Suss. Suss it out the NBA says clinical signs of pain following declining include a guarding posture reluctance to bear weight on the declawed limbs and reluctance is to move after reviewing one study. The Avia may says that sixty one of one hundred and sixty three cats exhibited signs of pain for between one to forty two days after decline clawing and twenty six percent of cats went lame for between one and fifty four days a longer surgery times and use of scalpels versus other instruments increased risk for lameness Innis after surgery with the passage of the measure in New York the Empire State joined several US cities including Los Angeles and Denver in banning decline fine while similar bills are being considered elsewhere kitty block president of the Humane Society of the United States hopes more communities will make declawing illegal in an e mail block said that the procedure is an unnecessary convenience surgery quote complications from declawing include an increase in biting and litterbox avoidance which often results in the cat being surrendered to an animal shelter block says the humane society is partnering with the PA project and veterinarians is to educate lawmakers around the country about the issue in hopes of expanding the ban so if de-clawing is so painful for cats why do people we'll check this option. The reasons vary some do it because they love their furniture. A declawing may protect cat owners especially those with compromised immune systems who could experience life threatening complications from cat scratches but let's be real instances of cats. Killing people through infection are rare. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year twelve thousand people in the United States are diagnosed with cat scratch fever resulting in five hundred hospitalizations for most people though the disease is is mild with low grade fever fatigue and headaches and there are ways to change a cat scratching behavior here are few from our friends at pet. MD You can invest scratching post or several and place them strategically around the house. When your cat starts to scratch don't Yeller scold just pick her up up and put her near the post. Try Sprinkling CATNIP on your cat scratching post to make it more inviting. You can also take a toy to the post or by scratching post with one when the cat swipes at it. She might scratch the post and realize it's pretty great. Cover your cats favorite scratching sites with double sided sticky tape to deter future scratching coaching or try spraying furniture with herbal sprays that cats will avoid finally you can always trim your cat's nails to a blunt edge or if your cat is a fan of nail trims consider buying classic colored caps to place over the clause not only save your furniture but your cat will be pretty styling.