I wrote in my last post about Dante, my diabetic foster cat, who is a four paw declaw. Few people realize that declawing can cause permanent harm whether it is performed with a scalpel or with the newer laser technique. If such a procedure were performed on humans, it would be the equivalent of cutting off each finger at the last knuckle! Declawing is painful and may lead to infection, tissue death and lameness. Even a procedure without complications changes the way a cat’s foot meets the ground and creates discomfort similar to when a human wears ill-fitting shoes. Post surgery, the cat may experience pain using the litter box and develop and aversion to the box. We have several friendly, tame cats on our permanent resident side of St. Frances Animal Rescue who are botched declaws and unable to use a litter box due to severe pain or box aversion.