Many people still have their cats declawed. We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they don’t realize just how cruel the practice is. A cat’s claws are a part of its body. It’s not like clipping your fingernails, or even like removing your fingernails. Declawing involves amputating the last bone on every toe. It’s the equivalent of cutting off a person’s fingertips at the knuckle. Moreover, declawing deprives cats of their natural instinct to scratch, not to mention their able to defend themselves from real or perceived threats. While local laws in certain places outlaw declawing as animal cruelty, such places remain few and far between.