To Declaw or Not to Declaw: A Feline Issue Essay

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Anybody’s house can be filled with prized possessions and expensive furniture, but just think how much more memorable your items are with deep grooves from your household cat in them. From climbing the Christmas tree to marking territory on the grand piano, cats can leave a mess behind and not even mean to A surgical procedure called onychectomy, could solve any pet owners solution to this mess. The only problem with this procedure is that it seems kind of brutal to just do this to your favorite little feline. If a procedure like declawing never existed, many cats would be put into a shelter or even thrown out by their trusted pet owners. Therefore, it is important for critics to learn both sides of the issue before making a full judgment …show more content…
Guillotine clippers are commonly used on trimming dogs toe nails, and are basically dull blades that cut in a guillotine fashion. The cat is put under anesthesia and given a leg block so the surgery is almost painless all the way through. As each bone is cut, an adhesive is applied to the tip of the bone along with a numbing drug once each paw is declawed. Another method is laser surgery, but only very successful veterinarian clinics have them because they can afford them. An intense beam of light cuts a straight line through each digit, which doesn’t require any bandages or adhesives because everything is sealed when vaporized. The Humane Society of the United States says that declawing is an “Unnecessary procedure and should be reserved only for those rare cases in which a cat has a medical problem that would warrant such surgery, such as the need to remove cancerous nail bed tumors.” A solution to destructive cats has been found in a new product developed by a veterinarian called Soft Claws. These little nail caps are made of vinyl and simply glue onto a cat’s nails, just like a woman would do with her nails. Since the caps cover the claw tips of the paw, no damage occurs when the cat decides to stretch or mark his/her territory on the piano. Dr. Troy Smith, Andrea Pellegrini, and Lance Riechenberger from the Mulvane Veterinary Clinic seem to all

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