Paw Project Colorado’s mission is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of cat declawing, and to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery.


  • Declawing is not a manicure or simple removal of the claws. Unlike human fingernails, cats’ claws grow directly from the bone. To declaw a cat, the veterinarian amputates the last bone of each toe at the knuckle joint, cutting through bone, tendons, skin and nerves.
  • Declaw surgery is an extremely painful procedure with dozens of associated health risks and complications, including bleeding, lameness, infection, and claw regrowth–which may occur months or even years after the surgery.
  • Declaw surgery can cause permanent lameness, pain, or arthritis.
  • Declawing is the exact same procedure for all cats, big or small. But in captive wild or exotic cats, such as lions, tigers, or bobcats, declawing is “condemned” by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and banned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act.