Declawing cats should be a last resort

Declawing a cat involves removing the third bone of digits and is a painful procedure performed by a veterinarian while the cat is under anesthesia. Veterinarian Christie Long writes that most veterinarians suggest several ways to curtail destructive cat scratching before agreeing to declaw a cat, including adding scratching posts treated with catnip to the home.

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