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.. De-clawing - Onchyectomy

 

Onchyectomy: a surgical procedure known as de-clawing

The procedure is illegal in the U.K. & in many European countries where it is considered barbaric & cruel. Recovery is painful as the animals use their toes at all times & the resulting handicap hinders a felines natural behaviour. De-clawing is common in countries such as the U.S.A. although animal rights campaigners are trying to discourage the practise.

This surgery involves the amputation or part removal of the distal phalanx or end bones of an animal's toes so that claws cannot grow back. This would be like having the tips of your fingers & toes snipped off to prevent fingernails. Cats use their claws for grip & as tools in various tasks in their everyday natural behaviours. 

If your cats scratches the furniture & you are looking to dissuade them please see: "Shredding Furniture"

If your cat lashes out or scratches another member of their familly please see: "Cat Aggression"

If your cat kneads your lap in pleasure but the little needles are uncomfortable for you, place a towel over your lap (have one handy).

Your vet will clip a cats claws if you ask them to. You could do this yourself but remember there is a "Quick" within the thick of the claw containing nerve endings & blood vessels. Only the clear/transparent, sharp tip/point at very end of the nail/claw can be clipped away as it is nerve and blood vessel free. If you do decide to do it yourself, always use especially designed feline claw clippers & follow the basic instructions that come with them!

Be aware that claws, just like like fingernails, will grow back & they may grow back stronger than before.

Provide scratching posts or matts, these allow the cats to remove claw husks naturally & stretch their limbs & toes. The action will help to keep the tips of claws from becoming overly sharp.

(Some cats prefer to scratch horizontal matts instead of posts. A natural doormat such as sisal often does the trick for these cats.)

Claws are a part of a cats make up

Claws are a part of a cats make up

Natural behaviour will shed sharp claw husks & stretch limbs

Natural behaviour will shed sharp claw husks & stretch limbs

Provide cats with something to scratch & keep everyone happy

Provide cats with something to scratch & keep everyone happy

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