Sometimes, cats who have been previously declawed arrive in our shelter by way of personal surrender. We will label their adoption information indicating this and stress their specific needs to the adopter, which includes living an exclusively indoor life.
We do not declaw the cats in our care or offer it as a service in our Veterinary Care Center
. Along with most of the animal welfare community, we discourage the practice of declawing.
Unlike clipping nails, declawing is actually a serious, often painful, surgical procedure and it involves amputation of the last bone of the cat’s toes. Risks can include paw pain, lameness, bone spurs, nerve damage, and even back pain because removal of a cat’s claws changes the way their foot makes contact with the ground.
According the Humane Society of the United States, declawing can also make a cat less likely to use the litter box and more likely to bite, not to mention a diminished chance of defending itself in the face of another cat, dog or other predator.
None of these risks are necessary and there are safer, much more humane alternatives if you are concerned about furniture or playful scratches. Please just ask our staff!