Why Declawing is a Bad Idea (An 1-minute guide)
Don’t argue convenience…cats are more likely to make poops outside the litter box if you declaw them - the litter hurts their paws!
Also, one thing that wasn’t mentioned in the comic is that declawing can actually throw off a cat’s sense of balance since cats normally walk on the fronts of their feet.
Also, I have spent time watching my cats and they use their claws like fingers to grab and manipulate things. Yes, they could get by without that finer manipulation, but so could I, and won’t even wear mittens because I hate it so much. I can’t fathom maiming someone I love for the sake of some replaceable furniture.
What bothers me so much though is that when you tell people these things, they always say "well I’ve always done it and my cats have been FINE". That’s not the fucking point. People can live perfectly good lives missing major fingers but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck.
look, if your furniture is more important to you, then don’t get a damn cat.
When I worked at a vet, they wouldn’t dock ears or declaw cats. That’s now how I judge if it’s a vet I trust.