Cat Scratching Help:
The Reality of Surgical Declawing
Purrfect Pals is strongly opposed to declawing cats. Many people who declaw their cats do not realize that the surgical procedure involved the physical amputation of the “fingers” of their cat. It is physically painful and can be psychological damaging as well.
Cats who don’t have their primary method of defense, their claws, tend to bite when feeling threatened. We see many declawed cats surrendered to Purrfect Pals and other shelters because of biting.
Litter box habits also lead many declawed cats to shelters. After surgery, they often find it painful to use a litter box and grow accustomed to urinating and defecating directly on the floor.
The Purrfect Pals Rec Room is home to dozens of wonderful, happy declawed cats who will likely never be adopted because they bite or refuse to use a litter box.