Declawing is an actual surgical procedure. Any surgical procedure is painful and would require recovery time. When a cat is declawed, they no longer have the ability to use claws as a defence mechanism or to scratch. There are different methods to declawing cats, that are more painful.
Declawing is a controversial procedure because it is an elective procedure and is not medically necessary and does not have a medical benefit. The decision to declaw your cat should be made after doing research and consulting with your veterinarian.
Why do some people declaw their cat?
Some people want to declaw their cats so they won’t scratch their furniture (or them/their family members). However, a cat that is declawed would have to be an “indoor” cat because it would not be able to defend itself outside.
What if I don't want to declaw my cat?
Cats that are not declawed can be trained as kittens when it comes to scratching behaviours, for example, be trained to use a scratching post, and can be let outside. You should trim your cat’s nails regularly to help keep your furniture intact.
There are different types of scratching posts you can purchase, and you can put them in various locations in your home to keep your cat distracted and away from your furniture. Train your cats to go to the scratching posts by putting yummy treats or cat nip on the posts to draw your cat’s attention to them.
You should trim your cat’s nails regularly to help keep your furniture intact. You can also try using scents to deter your cat. Many cats do not like the smell of citrus, and there are also sprays you can purchase from a pet store. As well, like with dogs, you could try to use a spray bottle and squirt water at your cat as a deterrent.