Mind & Body

Think Twice Before Declawing Your Cat

It may sound nice to have a pet who doesn't tear up your couches, but while declawing a cat may be convenient for you, it certainly isn't for the cat. Declawing is more than just removing a cat's claws -- the procedure involves the amputation of the first row of its knuckles and also removes tendons. Experts say that declawing a cat leads to health complications later in the animal's life, as well as secondary symptoms like litter box trouble and increased biting. Although dozens of countries around the world have made declawing cats illegal, roughly 25% of all cats in the U.S. have gone through the procedure.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. About 25% of all cats in the U.S. have been declawed. 00:17

  2. Declawing is actually the amputation of the first joint of every knuckle on a cat's paws. 00:47

  3. Cats are digitigrade mammals, which means they walk on their toes. 01:58

Written by Curiosity Staff May 9, 2016

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