Question by  TheMan2347 (10)

What do you think about a cat's temperament changing after its being declawed?

Does declawing cause a temperament change?


Answer by  cln (28)

I think it is very possible that a cat's temperament can change after being declawed. Since declawine is actually removing part of the toe instead of just the claw, the cat can remain in pain continually, even following the healing process. Some cats become aggressive, or refuse their litter boxes.

posted by Anonymous
It doesn't always change the personality but it did to my 12 month old drastically. I did it because I didn't know she was feral when I adopted her and she was drawing blood on me all the time. Sad situation.  add a comment

Answer by  mammakat (11147)

I would assume so. In most states this type of mutilation is illegal. Your cat has gone through surgery, and you have changed a basic facet of their protection.


Answer by  Cecilia (2828)

Well, wouldn't you be a little 'miffed' if that happened to you? Seriously though, spaying and neutering have more of an effect on their temperment. Check with your vet.


Answer by  answer17 (97)

It depends on the age of the cat. Kittens do not normally have a temperament change since they are so young. It is not advised to declaw an older cat, but if it is done, the temperament will change.


Answer by  rolala (171)

A cat paw declawing is considered equivalent to a human arm amputation so it is reasonable to expect a temperamental change (i. e. depression, gluttony, sluggishness) in most cats following surgery.


Answer by  PaintedRoadkill (504)

Some people say yes some people say no. It is important to remember that each cat has a different personality. Some cats who like doing natural behavior, like scratching on objects might become irritated when they cannot anymore, other cats who are laid back might not care as much. Just remember that it is a painful process.


Answer by  Millytee (4)

I don't think declawing will change a temperment unless the cat should become more fearful because it's natural defense is removed. It's general personality won't change.


Answer by  bubbyboy (9929)

The cat will have very sore feet for a long time. The cat may find it hard to trust you again. Some cats will never dig in litterbox again.


Answer by  Tracipoo (1329)

declawing does cause temperment change. especially if you have them fixed as well. my cat has turned into a eating, pooping, sleeping machine. i think it takes a little of the umpff away when you declaw and fix.

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