Alternatives to Declawing

alternatives to declawing

What is Declawing?

Declawing is a procedure done by veterinarians to amputate the toe bones of cats. Many people misunderstand wrongly that the procedure is simply “snipping” the claws off a cat – in reality, it is much worse and more cruel than many realize.

  • Many declawed cats do not use the litterbox because their paws have bone pieces in them.
  • Many who do declaw their cats are sorry they did and are sorry they did not research the procedure first.
  • After the cat is declawed they walk on their leg bones, the claws are attached by nerves and tendons and bone to the leg bone.
  • After the procedure cats have been reported to completely change psychologically – becoming unapproachable and alienated from their owners.
  • The pain doesn’t stop after the procedure for the cat.
  • For documentation and x-rays see this CNN iReport, Cassandra Cat


Did you know it is illegal?

Have you lived in any of the places listed below? These are a few countries that have made it illegal or have banned declawing! 

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Ireland
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Slovenia
  • Brazil
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Serbia
  • Montenegro
  • Macedonia
  • Slovenia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Bosnia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Portugal
  • Belgium
  • Israel

Declawing is illegal in almost 40 countries. And there’s good reason for that. Some countries have very severe penalties – up to $20,000 fine for declawing. We hope the same regulations will come to the United States enforce!


How Vets Profit from Declawing

Declawing Alternatives

Here is a neat estimation of the rates charged for declawing and how much vets make off declawing cats. This cruel practice makes big bucks:

• Though the average time it take to do a front-paw declaw is 11 minutes, according to articles published in veterinary literature, we’ll assume it takes 15 minutes.

• 15-20 declaws per month is 180 to 240 per year.

• We’ll split the difference between $245 and $350 and say the average fee for declawing is $300.

Dr. Folkers spent 45 to 60 hours per year making $54,000 to $72,000

• Declawing made the dearly departed doctor $1200 per hour.

Source: Do You Think Vets Make Serious Money on Declawing Facebook Page


Easy Alternatives to Declawing That Will Save Your Cat’s Life

We stand by the above statement. Declawing will devastate your cat psychologically and physically. HOWEVER, declawing can be ditched, in favor of these alternatives (our favorite is #4 and it’s the cheapest):

a sturdy scratching post declawing alternatives

Even the big scratching posts and cat furniture cost less than declawing. A scratching post may get good use from your cat, but think of how much MUCH happier their life will be if they can keep their toes and not be in pain and psychological agony!

COST: From $25 to $200

BENEFIT: Your cat lives a happy and enjoyable life.

Thank you.

I had never heard of soft paw caps before this post, but these are a cute and friendly alternative to declawing. They go on your cat’s nails to protect furniture, floors and even your lap!  We’ve already heard from one of our readers that these paw caps work !

COST: From $25 to $50

BENEFIT: Your cat lives a happy and enjoyable life.

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We don’t endorse the Feliway brand or Amazon, but judging by the reviews for this product of cat spray, it could work for you, too.  Look for one that works for you and try it. Ask at your local pet store about ones that work great. If you can’t afford $10 then try #4 — it’s just a dollar at your local dollar tree or $1 store.

COST: Around $30

BENEFIT: Your cat lives a happy and enjoyable life.

spray bottle water declawing alternatives

Fill up the spray bottle with water and spray your cat when they misbehave toward furniture, carpets, people and anything else in your home. They will stop the behavior. You will only have to pick up the bottle for them to stop doing it after a while – we can attest to that because we do it at home when our cats try scratching furniture. They run before we even use the bottle and sometimes we only gesture to spray and they run! Simply spray your cat with plain tap water to stop bad behavior. Be consistent and retrain your kitty starting today if you have problems with scratching!

COST: $1

BENEFIT: Your cat lives a happy and enjoyable life after being retrained very quickly and easily.

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Sticky pads are adhesive pads that cover your furniture or carpet. They are unpleasant for cats so may work well at deterring your cat. If not, then try any of the other alternatives we have suggested:

  • Put a bunch of spare change in a bottle and shake it at your cat to alert them that they are behaving badly. A Starbucks glass bottle works well. Don’t over do it, use this “attention-getter” purposefully.
  • Spend the money on a sturdy post instead of declawing.

From the prices we’ve seen for nice sturdy scratching posts, they are still less expensive than declawing! That’s good news for you.


IMPORTANT NOTE: We don’t profit from any of the above links

We are giving you the opportunity to shop around and ditch declawing! It’s less expensive on you and less traumatic for your cat. That’s the purpose of sharing this post and these links. Please share with everyone you know who may be considering declawing or have complaints about their cat scratching furniture or people.


Two Cats: Same Horrible Outcome from Declawing


Cassandra (pictured above) is a very unhappy cat after declawing. She does not purr or meow.

Cameo is another cat that now has bone growth coming out of each paw. And these make it painful to just walk for this cat. While for a human it is merely “going in to the vet for a simple procedure”, for a cat it could be their worst nightmare. Do your research!

“For a human, declawing a cat is equivalent to having the tips of the fingers cut off at the first joint below the fingernail.” –


Conclusion: We Live in the 21st Century There is No Need to Declaw

“We live in the 21st century, there is no need to declaw a cat, the pet stores have many options to keep kitty from clawing unwanted items including Soft Paw caps, sprays, STURDY scratching posts, spend the money on a sturdy post instead of declawing, and cat furniture.” – Cassandra Cat’s owner

In the long run, a cat will be happiest keeping their claws and feet! Make an adjustment for their happiness and lifelong peace. These inexpensive alternatives to declawing are far, far better than going in to the vet.

 PLEASE share with friends and family that may be considering declawing. GENTLY suggest alternatives.



Follow #PawProject to Learn More about the Suffering Caused by Declawing:


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Declawing Vets Agree to Call It Amputation But Don’t Ban It Yet “In most cases, it’s not medically necessary at all,” Lavizzo responds. “It’s just cruel.”


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  1. Our friends on Instagram left some comments….

    @Catstwenty2 said “Soft Paws Work! Trim your cats nails weekly! For some that’s easier said than done! Lots of scratching devices — and no, not just your furniture!”

    @Still.Not.Siamese said “My cats do very well with the soft paws.”

    @Myfosterkittens said “Double sided tape where your cat likes to scratch plus trimming the nails and providing cat scratchers works perfect!”

    1. IG user @Anita_cats_dogs says, “Clipping claws and spraying areas you don’t want scratched with citrus scented oils. As above provide stable scratch poles, corrugated cardboard and train them to scratch where you want by sprinkling with cat nip or Valerian spray or leaves.”

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