Why do people opt to declaw their cats?

Declawing is a cosmetic procedure usually performed in order to prevent a cat from scratching. In rare cases, removal of the claw is performed because of an injury or tumor, and if the veterinarian sees it as a necessary procedure. But declawing is primarily performed for the human’s benefit.

What’s a common target for a cat’s sharp claws? You guessed it: furniture. Cat scratching can be a destructive habit. Frayed couch cushions, gouged armchairs, shredded curtains – repairing or replacing these furnishings can be annoying, not to mention expensive.

Declawing cats: More than just a manicure

Why does a cat need to scratch?

Make your cat go “POST-al”

Redirecting is the name of the game