Is cat declaw healthy for a cat?

I'm getting a kitten and I wanted to know if it's healthy for a cat to be declawed.

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    By: Karen Nelson El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Declawing a cat should not be considered as a healthy option. Claws for a cat are parts of it's natural defenses. If you plan on getting a kitten, it would be a great time to teach the youngster on how to use a scratching post. The ASPCA ( or your local veterinary clinic can probably provide you with some great resources on how to go about training your kitten. Declawing is amputation of the last digit of the toe. It is usually done by scalpel or laser. There can be side effects, like tissue necrosis (death), nerve damage, and the cat using it's teeth for defense if the claws have been removed, among other possible side effects. Declawing should be considered as only a last resort to inappropriate clawing/scratching. Karen, Vet Tech

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