When bringing home your new kitten or cat they might start scratching your sofa or carpet. Do you freak out and think if you should have your cat declawed? The answer should be no!
Elective mutilation, also referred to as “declawing”, is never a humane option. While some cat owners feel that they are solving the scratching problem with surgery, they may discover that this choice has created more problems, like not using the litter tray properly, or they may begin to start biting and chewing. The cat may want to avoid the litter tray completely as declawing may hurt their paws. Stepping into a litter tray may hurt and they may start associating the litter tray with pain, as well as other problems, such as shyness and fear.
If you take away one form of defence from the cat (the paw swipe), the cat will use its teeth. This is only natural as that’s all they have left.