Declawing a cat might sound as simple as trimming your pet’s nails. But it’s actually major surgery.
A veterinarian cuts through the joint to amputate part of the cat’s toes, from the last knuckle out to the tip of the claw.
Scratching things is a natural behavior for cats. It lets them get healthy stretching exercise and also provides stress relief.
A cat might accidentally scratch you while playing. Or a cat might aggressively lash out with its claws. A pet owner usually chooses onychectomy, as declawing surgery is technically called, to prevent scratching injuries to people or damage to objects.
Declawing will not address the real issue causing a cat to behave aggressively, so the risk of injury from biting remains. One study found that almost 50 percent of cats occasionally display aggression toward both people they know and strangers.