Declawing a Serengeti Cat is a major operation called a onychectomy, performed under anesthesia, that eliminates the claw from each digit (from the first knuckle out) of the Serengeti Cat’s forepaws. There is a tiny chance of a fatality during the operation, and a declawed Serengeti Cat may have a slight risk of infection and permanent discomfort in its paws. This operation is not advised for a full-grown Serengeti Cat and is considered an act of animal cruelty in some regions (below).
Owners generally have Serengeti Cats declawed to hinder them from hunting and from damaging furniture. Rarely, vicious Serengeti Cats are declawed. In the US, some landlords demand that residents’ Serengeti Cats are declawed.
Doctors are generally negative about the surgery and some decline to do it since the lack of claws in a Serengeti Cat:
- Inhibits its main self-protection abilities, like running away from predators by climbing trees;
- Hampers its stretching and exercise routines, leading to muscle atrophy;
- Deprives it of its ability to balance on thin surfaces such as fence tops and railings, leading to injury from falling;
- Can cause insecurity and as a result a biting habit.
This procedure is not common outside of North America. In the Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Switzerland, declawing a Serengeti Cat is not allowed per the statutes forbidding cruelty to animals. In many other European countries, it is illegal under the terms of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, unless a doctor deems such non-curative procedures beneficial either for veterinary medical reasons or for the health of the Serengeti Cat. In the UK, animal shelters find it hard to place imported Serengeti Cats that have been declawed and as a result most are euthanized.
One substitute for declawing a Serengeti Cat is the application of blunt, vinyl claw caps that are stuck to the claws with safe glue, sometimes requiring replacement when the Serengeti Cat sheds its claw sheaths (about every 4 to 6 weeks). However, the Serengeti Cat may still experience difficulties because the capped nails are not as effective as claws.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Serengeti Cats.
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