Maine Coon Cat Declawing

To Declaw Or Not To Declaw A Cat?

Are you wondering about Maine Coon cat declawing? What is involved in declawing cats or kittens, and why do it? Whether your cat is a Maine Coon or not, it's important to be informed.


If you have a Maine Coon, you know how unique and different they are. You know you have a special cat! And if you're new to the breed, you are probably wondering what their unique needs are.

Since we're on the topic of health care for Maine Coons, I want to mention our E-book, The Care and Keeping of Your Maine Coon Cat. It's full of info. Check it out, and review the table of contents to see for yourself!


In the past this has seemed to be a very common procedure. When I was a child, I would often run into families with a declawed cat who actually went outdoors!

I wondered, even as a child, how that cat could climb a tree, scratch and itch, or defend itself. What made so many cats so 'bad' that they couldn't have their claws, I wondered?

The owners would sometimes explain that the cat was already declawed when it came to them. It was done so commonly, even automatically back then.

When we got our kittens, one of the very first things our breeder informed me of was that we would have to agree never to declaw the cats. That was no problem, I wasn't considering it anyway. But I found his strong feelings interesting.

Maine Coon cat declawing is addressed upfront by your Maine Coon cat breeder before you take your kitten home. Virtually all breeders will make sure you commit to never declaw your cat. It is a very important part of your agreement. Why is that?

Maine Coon Cat Declawing Defeats Their Natural Heritage

maine coon foot closeupClose up of Maine Coon foot. There are some claws in those foot tufts somewhere!

Maine Coon cats are, in a way, nature's gift to us. They evolved in the harsh New England climate.

Hence, their classic characteristics developed in order to aid in their survival. This includes claws.

Why did you choose a Maine Coon cat? They are rugged, husky, and they are beyond gentle. There is no need to automatically declaw a kitten as a means of making it more family or home compatible.

Maine Coon cat breeders strive to produce kittens that reflect their natural heritage. All the traits and characteristics we admire when looking upon a Maine Coon cat came about naturally.

They are preserved in each litter. To declaw a cat or kitten takes away from those natural characteristics.

In fact, our Leo has all his claws. They are not even clipped. He would never dream of using them! Maine Coon cats are docile, gentle, and smart. They learn quickly where not to sharpen their claws. Plus it's easy to trim them.

The Gentle Personality of Maine Coons Renders it Unnecessary

Some people choose Maine Coon cat declawing for safety reasons. Maybe they fear the cat will scratch someone. Or maybe there is a new baby, and they fear the cat may hurt it. Little ones do pull tails, after all.

In actuality, the wild or rough appearance of a Maine Coon cat is the total opposite of their true nature. Maine Coons are the Golden Retrievers of the feline world. They don't have a mean bone in their body.

That said, they are cats. Children need to know how to handle them gently and properly. As long as they do, there should be no safety worries. The Maine Coon temperament is patient, docile and forgiving.

Maine Coon Cat Declawing Carries No Positive Benefit

Actually, there are good reasons to avoid it. Cats are digitigrade, which means they walk on their toes. To remove their toes can result in later joint problems, as cats aren't meant to be missing them.

This means, even if a young cat seems fine, happy, and well adjusted after being declawed, he or she is prone to developing very uncomfortable joint problems later on. So don't use this happy cat as an example that declawing a cat had no consequences.

Did we just say "remove their toes?" Yes! Declawing cats is not just a removal of a nail, as many people assume. It is not a simple, painless procedure.

The fact is, Maine Coon Cat declawing is major surgery. It involves the surgical amputation of the last bone of the cats toe, right up to the joint! The bones, nerves, tendons and ligaments must all be amputated at this point!

Declawing cats is a painful event. There is no doubt about it. Pain meds may be given initially, but cats are instinctively good at hiding their pain. So even if they don't seem to be pained, it can manifest in other ways. This leads into our next section.

black maine coon cat on windowsill with cat grassBlack Maine Coon Cat on a Windowsill

Maine Coon Cat Declawing Affects a Cats Behavior

As the cat is healing, hiding his pain, he still has to use the litter box. Walking in the litter can really irritate the wounds. In response to that painful act, a cat might turn to using a soft carpet instead. Who could blame him?

When a cat needs to defend himself, he'll use what he has. How will he convey himself when he's had enough playtime, or too much attention? When the claws are gone, an owner may just find they have a biter on their hands.

This story is about a Maine Coon kitten with a biting problem. It's a perfect example of how the docile Maine Coon personality can be changed by Maine Coon Cat Declawing.

For their health and well being, a Maine Coon cat, or any cat for that matter, is better off with his toes intact. They are a necessary and integral part of his body.

Maine Coon Cat Declawing is Simply Not Necessary

maine coon cat having nails trimmedTrimming your cats claws is easy!

A simple trim of the toenails will take care of any unwanted marks in the house. When you first take your kitty home, get him used to a toenail trim. It's easy! Buy some guillotine style nail clippers at the pet store. Your cat won't feel a thing. Just make it a regular part of grooming time.

The highly adaptable and trainable temperament of the Maine Coon will make it easy for you to curb any unwanted behavior. There are always alternatives. Give him a scratching post and/or a nail trim, and you'll be all set!

Around The World

In many forward-thinking lands, cat declawing is banned. For example a reader from the UK was unfamiliar with the practice. Upon asking her vet, she learned that it's a banned practice.

It would be a reasonable assumption to expect the U.S. to follow suit. Her comments are included on the "What's Your Opinion" link below.

What do you think about Maine Coon Cat declawing? Share your opinions and experiences on one of the pages below!

Since Maine Coon Cat declawing is a hot topic, a couple of guidelines:

Please be kind and respectful of other's opinions. And remember, this page is for educating new cat and kitten owners who wonder if they need to declaw their new pet. It was not written about 'problem' cats, or behavior issues. Just 'Automatic Declawing' of normal young Maine Coon cats.

Read and Comment on Maine Coon Cat Declawing Here:

No Maine Coon For Me A reader shares his disappointment that he can't declaw a Maine Coon.

Maine Coon Cat Declawing - What's Your Opinion Leave a comment on this collection of visitor opinions.


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