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Declawing Cats, Humane?

Watch this video that explains The American Veterinary Medical Association's policy on declawing cats.

Cia Johnson, DVM in the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Animal Welfare Division, discusses cat declawing and the AVMA's policy on the accompanying video.

Declawing is serious surgery. Your cat's claw is not a toenail. It is so closely adhered to the bone that to remove the claw, the last bone of your cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes."

The website Cat Scratching Solutions provides insight into why cats scratch and solutions. You can teach your cat to use a scratching post, trim the front claws, or employ aversion methods. One of the most popular aversion methods is Soft Paws®, vinyl caps that glue to your cat's claws protecting against scratching.

What is your opinion about cat declawing? Is your cat declawed? Do you feel it is humane? Tell us in the comment box.

Vicki Hammond August 28, 2011 at 02:48 PM
We inherited a declawed cat. Yes, she played and even sparred with her friend; but, when she tried to walk on uneven surfaces (even the lawn outside), it was quite obvious she had a difficult time. I can only assume it was due to pain since our non-declawed cat had no trouble walking in the same area. Declawing (mutilation that causes handicap) reflects the mentality of the people that do it and those that pay to have it done. I don't think I need to elaborate...
Pamela Wofford August 28, 2011 at 04:39 PM
I am horrified by the number of vets in my area who offer declawing as part of their "Well Cat Package", but heartened by the growing number of vets who refuse to do it. I've worked as a tech in both sorts of practices; anyone who thinks it's a harmless procedure should watch the agony on their cat's face as it wakes up in pain from amputated fingers. I've seen many cats who , contrary to what this film states, DO have behavior problems (possibly caused by"phantom pain") including defensive aggression after declawing. Also, calling it "declawing" is euphemistic-how about calling it what it is: phalanx amputation instead.
William Henry Brown August 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM
i think de clawing a cat is the most disgusting thing i have heard being done to a cat, some of the purile excuses made here for de clawing are worthless, it is only done in the owners interest not the cats, if you do not like what cats may do to your precious and replacable house holds goods, dont have a cat, simple solution, cats were first used in the middle east to control rodents who were destroying the crops which humans had just worked out how to grow, as for the vets who do this they should be utterly ashamed and be struck off.
Jerome January 02, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Pam is right, and the rest of you are full of baloney. For those of you who said "Why don't you get yourself declawed," I have a question: Why don't you get yourself spayed? Spaying/neutering cats is considered humane and important; yet what you are doing is literally cutting out their sex organs! An animal's primary drive in life is to reproduce, and you deprive your cat of that every time you have it spayed or neutered. I'm not saying that we shouldn't spay cats; but what I AM saying is that it is certainly NO MORE CRUEL to declaw a cat than it is to spay one. In fact, the most inhumane thing to do to a cat is to kill it; and millions of cats are euthanized every year because people won't adopt them. Studies show that the NUMBER ONE reason people do not adopt shelter cats is because THEY DO NOT WANT THEIR SKIN AND HOME SCRATCHED UP. Therefore, declawing cats would save hundreds, thousands, or even millions of cats' lives. Those who are opposed to declawing are the inhumane ones. (And before you get started on "it's easy to train a cat not to scratch," I'm calling total b.s. on that.)
Lorelei Kathleen Hickman January 02, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I often hear people who have not worked in veterinary medicine claiming that declawing is no different or worse than spay/neuter surgery. This is simply wrong. You are trying to compare apples and oranges. There is a significant and medically acknowledged difference between orthopedic surgery such as declawing and soft tissue surgery such as spay/neuter. Orthopedic surgery on weight-bearing joints is extremely painful, and veterinary textbooks state that declawing in particular is considered to be "the gold standard" by which to measure the effectiveness of pain medications; thus, declawing is acknowleged by the veterinary community to be the *most* painful surgery a companion animal can be subjected to. And actually, studies have shown that two of the biggest reasons cats are relinquished to shelters are due to urinating outside the litterbox and biting- both of which become more common in at least 30 percent of declawed cats **by the AVMA's own admission** in an article published in their own medical journal. I suggest that if you want to see how many cats are saved from euthanasia in shelters due to having been declawed, do some research on how many declawed cats are dumped in shelters across the country every day. I call total b.s. on THAT. It's a self-serving fallacy concocted by vets.

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