Declawing the Arabian Mau is an intense operation known as onychectomy, performed under anesthesia, that eliminates the claw from each toe (from the first knuckle out) of the Arabian Mau’s paw. There’s a small possibility of death during the surgery, and a declawed Arabian Mau might experience an increased risk of infection and permanent displeasure in his paws. This surgery is not appropriate for a mature Arabian Mau and is considered an act of animal cruelty in some regions (as shown below).
Owners usually have Arabian Maus declawed to prevent them from damaging furniture and hunting. Rarely, vicious Arabian Maus are declawed. In the United States, some landlords require that tenants’ Arabian Maus be declawed.
Veterinarians are typically negative about the surgery and at times decline to perform it since the lack of claws in a Arabian Mau:
- Reduces its main defense abilities, including escaping from predators by climbing trees;
- Hampers its exercising and stretching routines, which leads to muscle atrophy;
- Hampers its ability to walk on thin surfaces such as fence tops and railings, which could lead to injury from falling;
- Can cause insecurity and a subsequent biting habit.
The surgery is rarely performed outside of North America. In Germany, Finland, Switzerland and the Netherlands, declawing a Arabian Mau is forbidden per the statutes against cruelty to animals. In many other countries in Europe, it is prohibited under the terms of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, unless a veterinarian considers such non-curative procedures beneficial either for veterinary medical reasons or for the health of the Arabian Mau. In England, animal shelters find it difficult to place imported Arabian Maus that have been declawed and subsequently most are euthanized.
One substitute for declawing a Arabian Mau is the application of blunt, vinyl nail caps that are attached to the claws with nontoxic glue, sometimes requiring changing when the Arabian Mau loses its claw sheaths (about every 4 to 6 weeks). Although, the Arabian Mau may still have difficulties since the capped nails are not as effective as claws.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Arabian Maus.
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