Declawing: An Inhumane Practice
VOKRA is totally opposed to the declawing of cats. Look down at your hands and imagine your fingertips, up to the first knuckle, being cut off. That's what happens when a cat is declawed. It is subjecting a cat to 10 amputations!
In many European countries, declawing is banned as it's considered torture. At VOKRA we view it the same way.
Declawing is not just simply removing what you see - the claw.
Declawing is multiple amputations. Motor and sensory nerves are cut, damaged and destroyed. While cats can go home safely the same day from most surgical procedures, vets usually recommend a declawed cat remain overnight at their facility because of the possibility the cat will bleed to death.
Recovery from the surgery is typically slow and always painful. Since cats walk on their toes, this procedure can hinder the sensations and enjoyment involved in walking, running, springing, climbing and stretching. Declawing can traumatize cats and change their temperament forever - they may become untrusting, fearful, bite, hide or engage in inappropriate urination. Declawed cats can no longer defend themselves and the "inside cats don't need to defend themselves" rationalization isn't a sufficient reason for declawing. If the surgery isn't done correctly, your cat may literally be crippled for the rest of his life or you may have to pay a second fee to have the problems corrected.
Scratching is a natural behaviour for a cat. You cannot extinguish it -- in fact it's essential to cats' well-being. They need to mark their territory, remove dead bits of nail and stretch for exercise. The goal is to channel this activity to where you want it rather than where kitty feels it is appropriate.
Please visit our kitty care section for tips on training your cat.
VOKRA does not adopt to homes where a cat or kitten will be declawed.