Is it bad to remove your cat’s nails?

You love your new cat, but he’s clawing and clawing at all of your furniture! The immediate resolution that comes to mind is to have the nails removed, but before you rush to do this, you should think hard that trimming a cat’s nails is not a simple procedure, it is a major surgery that involves amputation. Surgical first joint of a cat toe.

Nail removal is painful surgery for your cat. While your cat will receive pain relievers for her recovery after surgery, the nerve ends take time to heal and she may be in pain for weeks or even months until this happens. This can make your little kitty very irritable and aggressive.

Not only that, but claws are the main defense weapon for cats. Sure, you take every precaution to make sure your cat doesn’t go outside, but what if something happens and he finds himself alone in the elements in front of other animals?

There will always be times when a cat will face off against other cats or dogs. Then it will be impossible for him to fight back, because he has no claws. To use your teeth, you need to get close to your attacker, which may not happen. Therefore, a cat without nails becomes a defenseless victim in the face of any aggressor.

Nails can also cause litter box problems. Clawless cats sometimes avoid the litter box and choose the softest mat instead, as it is painful for them to dig in the sand. Nail removal can also lead to bite problems. Since this is their second line of defense, some cats may resort to deep biting to compensate for their lack of claws. Even during play, your cat can no longer scratch itself as a warning and may be prone to biting now.

The claws and toes also provide exercise for your cat. When a cat stretches horizontally on a mat or vertically with a tail scratching post, it pulls and stretches its muscles by grasping the mat or pole with its claws. In fact, the cat’s claws play an important and positive role in its extraordinary muscle tone and agility.

Finally, nail removal can cause joint problems later in your cat’s life. Cats walk on tiptoe, so the absence of claws can affect all joints in the leg and lead to arthritis of the hip and other joints later on.

But you don’t have to sacrifice your furniture to save your cat the pain of clawing it off. With time and patience, you can train your cat to scratch in a more desirable area. Be sure to invest in a scratching post or accessory that your cat likes. Mine loves the simple corrugated cardboard slabs that you can buy at any pet store.

Watch your cat closely and you will see a pattern of when and where he likes to scratch the most. Place the scratching post in the room where it likes to scratch and wait for it to scratch in its usual place. When you see him start to scratch, distract him and move him towards the scratching post. Praise him when he uses the post and say “Bad Kitty” when he uses the furniture. Eventually he will start to favor the post, you just have to make him think it was his idea!