Should You Declaw Your Cat?
Whether or not to declaw a cat is an important decision a cat owner must make. The choice can be controversial with some thinking it inhumane, and other thinking it very beneficial.
Declawing a cat is the cutting off of the end of each toe. Sometimes this is just done on the front feet, sometimes it is done all all of them. Generally a kitten is put under general anesthetic for the procedure and pain medications are administered after.
It is ideal for declawing to take place at an early age. Kittens tend to heal quicker since they put less stress on their feet. Kittens can be declawed as your as six weeks of age.
Declawed kittens must remain indoors. A cats claws are its major defense to protect themselves from preditors. [MORE]