Before You Declaw: A Cautionary Tale
By Lisa Koosis
I could go into the moral arguments against declawing. I could tell you that declawing is inhumane. That we, as humans, do not have the right to choose to surgically alter any living thing that cannot understand and give consent for the procedure when there is no solid medical reason to do so. I could also get into the details of the procedure itself, since it is, after all, amputation.
I could get into many aspects of why you should not declaw your cat, but I would be a hypocrite. You see — three of the cats I’ve called family have had their front claws removed.