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What age can i declaw my cat

As a general rule, declawing is illegal in most states. So if you want to declaw your cat, you'll have to do so outside these states.

When can i declaw my cat?

The reason that most veterinarians refuse to declaw cats is because they have a better understanding of the pain that it causes.

However, there are exceptions to this rule. In certain situations, sacrificing the last few claws on the front paws of a cat is a legitimate medical procedure.

For example, if your cat is a tom, a female cat that has had a litter of kittens, or if the cat is a congenital abnormality, then it may be a good idea to have your pet declawed.

Declawing is not recommended for cats that are young or that have an injury to the paw or leg.

How can you tell if your cat has been declawed?

If your vet has declawed your cat, then he'll likely say something like this.

"Your cat is declawed because the last few claws on the front paws of a cat are used to help the cat grip things on the ground. This is called a "grip" claw. By removing the last few claws, your cat will be less likely to fall and injure himself."

If you're not sure whether your cat has been declawed, then you can do a quick internet search to find out.

What are the risks of declawing a cat?

Although most veterinarians will tell you that declawing is less painful than having the cat's front paws lopped off, this is not always the case.

In fact, you shouldn't have your cat declawed if he is an older cat, has an injury to the front paws, or if he has arthritis.

The risks of declawing are:

1. Pain

2. Suffering

3. Decreased quality of life

4. Decreased physical condition

5. Decreased self-esteem

6. Pica

7. Nail biting

8. Straying

9. Increased veterinary costs

10. Decreased productivity

11. Increased risk of injury

12. Decreased ability to catch prey

13. Loss of self-esteem

14. Decreased ability to perform normal daily activities

15. Declawing is never recommended for cats that are to young or injured

16. Declawing is not recommended for cats that are female and pregnant

17. Declawing is not recommended for cats that are to old

18. Declawing is not recommended for cats that are to aggressive

19. Declawing is not recommended for cats that are to sick

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