Do cats’ claws grow back?

The claws are one of the most important body parts of cats. The claws are the cat’s multipurpose tools that are used every day. Just like human nails, the claws can get broken. Cats without claws would be defenseless. Fortunately, claws that are broken can grow back. Scratching is a natural habit of cats. The sharp claws can easily destroy the price rug or the antique heirloom furniture. This destructive habit is one of the reasons why cat owners would decide to have the pet declawed. Once declawed, a cat’s claws would no longer grow back.

Cats use the claws to defend themselves against predators. Unsheathed, the razor sharp claws can cause serious injuries. Cats have the propensity to climb trees and other high places. The claws help these animals do their balancing act when they traverse narrow ledges. Needless to say, claws are very essential appendages that make cats excellent climbers. Cats are natural hunters and the claws proved to be important hunting tools.

Cats’ claws and these animals’ propensity to scratch is one of the most common concerns of cat owners. Scratching is a natural habit of cats as it is a maintenance routine that keeps the claws razor sharp and in tiptop shape. When cats scratch, the transparent sheath that covers the claws is removed. Unlike the claws of dogs that are naturally buffed when the animals walks or digs, cat claws are sheathed so that there is less wear and tear. Cats therefore, need to scratch to remove the damaged layer and to and to give way for the new razor sharp claws to come out. Cats though would not only destroy belongings with their sharp claws. Cats can also inadvertently scratch and hurt humans with their claws. Some cat owners would regularly trim the pet’s claws. The cat would still manifest its inclination to scratch but the claws would be a little less destructive. Cat claws though would grow back. The cat owner will continue to trim the pet’s claws…a task that is not easy. The pet will struggle with all its might so that the owner would often cut the quick. The claw trimming session would then become a bloody task. To prevent these concerns, a lot of cat owners have decided to have the claws of the pet removed.

Declawing ensures that the claws of the cat would never grow back. This surgical procedure entails the removal of the last bone where the claw is adhered to. The surgical procedure is actually the amputation of the last joint on the cat’s toes. Declawing is an extremely painful procedure for the cat. The recovery period would be as painful as well given that the cat would still use the toes that are still healing when it walks or when it jumps. You can just imagine the pain the cat would go through every time it needs to scratch the litter box. Unlike humans, cats do not have wheelchairs or bedpans at their disposal when recuperating. Declawing would also leave the cat defenseless. The impaired hunting ability may not be very important for a domestic cat that is provided with all the food it can eat. Still, declawing the cat to prevent the claws from growing back is considered an inhumane practice by a lot of cat-lovers. If the cat owners’ main purpose for opting to have the pet declawed is to ensure that the claws will not grow back so that the pet is prevented from scratching, then other solutions can be taken. There are other solutions that will not deprive the cat of its best hunting tool or its primary line of defense against its predators.

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