Just Cats Hospital does not perform or endorse elective declawing in cats.
We are dedicated to supporting our cat owners and will provide support, training resources, and guidance for your cat’s normal behaviors and to help prevent unwanted scratching behaviors.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association does not support this procedure as well.
A recent study of 274 declawed and non-declawed cats published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery found that declawed cats are three times as likely to rip out fur, 4 times more likely to have unwanted biting behavior, 7 times more likely to have urinary issues, and almost 3 times more likely to have back pain.
Link: Pain and adverse behavior in declawed cats
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Here’s a PDF download on alternatives to declawing from the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
If you have concerns about your cat’s scratching behavior, give us a call! We are here to help.