For those of you who are interested in learning a little bit more about who I am as an author I hope to shed light on myself as well as my motivations for this blog.

My name is Cheyenne Tulley. I am a freshman at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois and I am currently seeking an Associate in Science. I aspire to transfer to a college for veterinary medicine and to become a veterinarian in the future. I am a pet parent of three cats, whom are all more thoroughly introduced in Personal Experience With Cats.

The original goal of this blog was to fulfill a class requirement for my English 102 course; however, along the way as I became more educated about declawing cats it became more than simply a provision for passing a class. Before taking the time to research what declawing was I was led to believe it was simply the removal of a cat’s claws—and I had no problem with that. Upon learning that it really is the removal of the claws and the third toe bone… well, that’s a bit different.

I reached out to my peers who own cats that have been declawed and learned that physical and behavioral changes can occur with this surgery.

This newfound information enabled me to have a change of heart. As a pet parent of three cats, knowing that declawing them for my benefit would cause them pain, discomfort, and potential detriments to their overall well-being caused me to feel a bit distressed.

My goal for this blog is to address all pet parents that are considering declawing their cat(s). I hope to elucidate what declawing is and why we should take proper measures to avoid it by seeking out alternative approaches when dealing with a cat’s claws.

I hope the information I have gathered is enough to make the issue perfectly clear for all pet parents considering declawing their cats—if we can make an educated decision to put forth time and effort towards dealing with a cat’s behavioral issues as opposed to putting them through a major surgery we should do what is in our power to abstain from harming our furry friends.