Stray Cat Blues morally opposes declawing and prohibits the declawing of cats adopted through our organization. When you adopt through us, you must sign a document agreeing that you will not declaw the cat you are adopting.
Catscratching.com offers the following explanation -
---"Declawing is literally maiming a cat, a mistake that can lead to physical, emotional and behavioral complications. It is erroneous to think that declawing a cat is a trivial procedure similar to trimming fingernails. A cat's claws are a vital part of its anatomy, essential to balance, mobility and survival. Declawing is an irreversible surgical procedure that involves amputating the last joint of the cat's "toes." It is a very painful procedure with strong potential to secondary complications. (Imagine having the last joint of your own fingers amputated. Not a pleasant idea.) "---
Click here to go to www.catscratching.com for some great information.
Additional resources for your reference:
--Declawing:The Price of Convenience
We advocate behavioral training as an alternative to declawing and urge anyone considering this traumatic procedure to reconsider.
Here are some strategies for you to consider:
By the way, NEVER HIT YOUR CAT as "punishment" for scratching. He won't understand, and it may actually create behavioral problems.
Occasionally, Stray Cat Blues acquires a cat that has already been declawed, for which we seek a qualified indoor home. It is best for declawed cats to be in an indoor home with no dogs.
If you go to our Petfinder list of cats available for adoption ( click here), any declawed cats show a paw print on their listing (Petfinder's symbol for declaw). Please also feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if we have any declawed cats available.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss this often controversial subject - please contact us - Email at email@example.com; Phone 215-631-1851.