Sonny Caliendo English 105 March 13, 2013 Onychectomy Inhumane or Not Scratching is a cat’s most instinctive behavioral aspect. It is the one skill, other then breathing, for felines that need not to be taught (Death or Declaw, 2005). The domestication of the house cat first started over 8,000 years ago and with this came the scratching instinct. Having these as pets in your home can be a risk to your furniture, your health and the health of any children you have in the house.
Cat’s claws can be razor sharp and would easily tear the flesh of a human, let alone fabric from a love seat. This is why for hundreds of years now veterinarians have been performing a surgery known by the medical term as an Onychectomy but many call it declawing. There are many different views on the procedure and it is a very controversial subject, recently researchers on the topic have said there are three distinct ways people think.
There is the first group of thinkers who think the pain is minimal and a substantial increase to the quality of life of you and your cat, next is the middle thinkers who look to alternative methods, and the third group of thinkers are people who absolutely disagree with the surgery and think it is one of the most inhumane things practiced in veterinary medicine today.
When your cat reaches six months of age, it is the humane time for you to have it fixed. One feral cat can produce 57,000 offspring a year and right now the total estimation of feral cats is greater then the population of Japan (Responsibilities, 2009).
There are apparent reasons to fix your cat but are there the same for declawing it? If them having claws comes at the expense of you having ruined furniture and scratched up skin then your answer might be yes. At the same time one gets their cat spade or neutered generally this is when owners decide to declaw or not to declaw. The surgery itself takes only about 20 minutes and then the cat is required usually to stay a night at the vet. Both of these surgeries are very intensive to your kitty, which is why veterinarians do them at the same time, only putting the cat under anesthesia once.
The procedure is not what normally people think happens. Cat’s claws are not like fingernails, and are actually attached to part of their toe’s bone structure. In order to take the claw off of your cat the vet removes the distal phalanges, also known as the end bone in the animals toe (Cats only, 2008). To completely see the procedure see image 1, Onychectomy procedure. After the surgery it takes months for a cat to recover and has to still limp around on the feet he just lost the tips of his toes in. Often time’s people think of it as a simple procedure that everyone does to their cat.
However there are some things that provide good evidence that declawing a cat is very painful and a predetermination of their fate. “Since when do we live in a country where Cats only Vet CLinic. (2008, January 1). Declawing Procedure. In Catsonlyvcl. Retrieved March 7, 2013 Picture 1 Cats only Vet CLinic. (2008, January 1). Declawing Procedure. In Catsonlyvcl. Retrieved March 7, 2013 Picture 1 scratching the furniture means having your hands cut off” (Cats and conflict, 1993). The purpose of this essay by explaining every view is to inform the readers of all the controversies that surround declawing your cat.
The first groups of thinkers targeted are the people who completely agree with declawing and have no problems with it. Their rational is that the surgery for a cat is just like any surgery for a human. However it is not there are many more risks involved and can be very dangerous to the life of your cat and may even lead for it to be euthanized. Plenty of good things can be drawn from declawing but some of the main defenses these group of thinkers use are things like personal safety, destructiveness, and safety of the cat. Sometimes cat owners are on medication for instance blood thinners.
These types of medicines weaken your immune system and turn a little scratch from your cat into a laceration that can easily become infected (Cats n Conflict, 1993). If you simply have a destructive cat that loves to ruin your furniture then your only option may be to declaw it. It is your 5000-dollar furniture or your 100-dollar humane society kitten. Other things to a cat can happen too when dealing with their claws, they can get damage beyond repair from scratching, or fighting, or a infection could form in their claw without them even knowing until it is to late.
This group of thinkers is the most liberal and over the years the size of it has been exponentially decreasing. People are no loner thinking like the first group and thinking more like the second group towards this declawing controversy. Another group of thinkers are people who don’t necessarily disagree with the surgery but instead look for alternatives, as many alternatives as they can before submitting to the Onychectomy after repeated failure. The newest solution to fixing your cats scratching without removing its toes is vinyl caps you actually glue onto your cats claws.
First you cut the tip of and place some glue where the sharp end-use to be. Then cover the rest of the claw with the vinyl tip. These tips last 6 weeks at a time and are perfect for indoor kittens who like to scratch, but most importantly like to avoid the intensive surgery and loss of the one thing that defines them. The caps come in all different colors and sizes, and come in packs off hundreds that pet smart markets for only 20 dollars. Here is a closer look at some adorable cats and what these cat claw covers looks like, see image 2. As of now these rubber type tips are the leading alternatives to the Onychectomy procedure.
Recent reports have shown that higher level veterinarian offices have been offering laser claw removal. The procedure is basically identical to the normal one done by a vet, the only difference is when using a machine it takes out some of the human error and when it cuts the laser seals all blood vessels It goes Crosby, J. T. (2013, January 1). The delcawing dilema. In Veterinary medicine. Retrieved March 7, 2013, from http://vetmedicine. about. com/cs/behavior/a/declawdilemma. htm Crosby, J. T. (2013, January 1). The delcawing dilema. In Veterinary medicine. Retrieved March 7, 2013, from http://vetmedicine. about. om/cs/behavior/a/declawdilemma. htm through, reducing bleeding in turn reducing the pain involved with this surgery (Cat Fight, 2003). Many people who are in the first group only are in that group of thinking because of the amount of pain the cat has to go through just for an inconvenience of the their master. This is a great alternative and only costs about 400 dollars at a veterinarian hospital. Since this procedure is so new only a few select big-city veterinarian hospitals can perform it. If no alternatives are available the only thing left is the thinker who disagrees with the procedure completely. Shelling, Christianne. What You Need To Know About Declawing – Declawing. com. ” What You Need To Know About Declawing – Declawing. com. N. p. , 1 Jan. 2013. Web. 14 Mar. 2013. <http://www. declawing. org/>. Shelling, Christianne. “What You Need To Know About Declawing – Declawing. com. ” What You Need To Know About Declawing – Declawing. com. N. p. , 1 Jan. 2013. Web. 14 Mar. 2013. <http://www. declawing. org/>. The last group is people who think that this surgery is one of the most inhumane, disgraceful things practiced in veterinary medicine. The risks involved with the surgery are definitely there, but that is why they are called risks.
They are not side effects and are not guaranteed to happen. This group of thinkers feels that putting your cat through that amount of pain and changing his life by taking their most instinctive clause will indefinitely change the pet. It is not recognized in the medical side of this procedure but some people insist that an Onychectomy changes your cat’s personality (Cat Fight, 2003). One thing that is recognized is the major infection of the cat’s claws that can occur, which may cause them to lose a foot, or a leg, or their life. If a cat were to get this infection it would be severely painful and lead to it being euthanized.
Picture 3, is a great example of what a cat who has an infection of their claws from the Onychectomy procedure would look like. This is a topic that until an absolute solution is formed will be debated about and fought about for many years to come. Hopefully one day we can substitute out this method of a mini guillotine for the tips of your fingers (Death or Declaw, 2005). Only then will the three groups of thinkers be able to all agree one method, not alternatives, but an actual new procedure that can remove the claw without removing the distal phalanges. References Ginsberg, Susan. “Cats, Claws, And Conflict. ” Animals 126. (1993): 26. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 14 Mar. 2013. “Cat Fight!. ” People 59. 20 (2003): 110. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Mar. 2013. Atwood-Harvey, D. (2005). Death or Declaw: Dealing with Moral Ambiguity in a Veterinary Hospital. Society & Animals, 13(4), 315-342. doi:10. 1163/156853005774653627 Whitcomb, R. (2009). Five Calif. cities try to scratch out declawing procedures. DVM: The Newsmagazine Of Veterinary Medicine, 40(12), 6. French, Melissa. “Guidelines and Responsibilities. ” Heart of America Humane Society. N. p. , 1 Jan. 2009. Web. 14 Mar. 2013. <http://www. heartofamericahs. org/education/petfacts. php>.
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