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What age can you declaw a cat

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A declawed cat is a cat that has had the last two or three of its claws removed. The surgical procedure involves making an incision on the inside of the paw and cutting the last pair of claws from the cat.

Some folks insist that declawing is inhumane, but this is a fallacy. It's true that declawing a cat involves a little surgery, but it's not any more invasive or painful than taking out your own tooth or having a mole removed.

Why is declawing a bad idea?

Declawing is not the best choice in terms of instinct. Declawing is not considered a natural behavior for cats, and it's not how their claws are used.

Cats use their claws for scratching, climbing, and holding on to things. They use their claws to get a foothold to stand on, and to help them get a running start when jumping. Cats use their claws for defense, to hunt and to defend the family, the territory and the home.

Cats use their claws for many things, so it's best to leave them as they are.

Cats are not supposed to have all of their claws removed. They wouldn't be able to defend themselves, hunt, or climb up things.

Cats that are declawed often end up with behaviors that are not natural. Cats will often start to claw at everything and everyone, including you. They may also start to bite at anything they can get their claws on.

Cats in the face of a threat will often try to climb on you to get to the threat. Some will even try to jump on you to get to the threat.

Some cats even try to chew on their own paws because they don't have the proper grip.

Cats without claws tend to get into more fights with other cats, or with dogs. They will also have a harder time defending their territory.

A cat that doesn't have claws can be more likely to develop a cat scratch disease.

Cats are also not supposed to be declawed. The reason is that it is not natural for cats to have all their claws removed.

Are all cats declawed?

No. Declawing is usually done on male cats between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old. (Female cats are not declawed.)

The surgery is usually done on cats that have already been declawed once or twice.

Although most declawed cats are male, some declawed cats are female.

Why is declawing done on male cats?

Declawing is performed on male cats because they are less likely to be neutered later.

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