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The painful truth about declawing cats

The painful truth about declawing cats

Most people think that declawing surgery in cats is important in maintaining the human-cat bond. But can you imagine the pain and fear associated with declawing a cat?

Different notable animal societies and associations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, and the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics have stated that declawing in cats is a heinous form of animal cruelty.

If you are still in doubt and want to know how bad declawing can be for cat health, you should read this article to the end.

The Pain of Declawing

Declawing surgery is always associated with pain. Not only does it last until the surgery is over, but the cat experiences the pain for a lifetime. It can even cause different behavior problems in cats, such as litter box avoidance, scratching, and biting.

Cats are adept at hiding pain, so you've to look carefully for signs to assess pain after declawing. Dogs scream, whine, and growl to show pain, but cats don't show like that way, so it's hard to tell how much pain they're taking.

Other complications of the declawing in cats

According to recent studies, different complications and health problems can occur in cats due to declawing surgery. Here are some:

  • Bleeding
  • Tore paw pads
  • Infection
  • Abscesses
  • Lameness
  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Lethargy
  • Skin problems
  • Aggression and behavioral problems
  • Claw regrowth


Declawing is done primarily for behavioral reasons, not medical reasons, so it is not a suitable reason to justify declawing. Pain relievers are usually given for a few days, but after that, your kitty experiences pain, and she cannot tell you either.