Many people falsely assume that cat declaw is just like trimming your nails (or the cats’ nails) or getting a manicure. In reality, it is a painful and permanently crippling procedure. Declawing a cat is the equivalent of cutting a person’s fingers off at the first knuckle. A declawed cat needs to learn how to walk again and loses its defense. And many countries have already banned cat declawing!
Clawing is an important and healthy behaviour. Cats scratch to not just exercise and enjoy themselves, but also to maintain the condition of their nails, and stretch their muscles.
Dr. Jan is on a mission to inform cat owners and stop declawing.
- Youtube Video explains the surgical process of declawing – there are more consequences to this surgery than most people are aware.
- American Veterinary Medical Association policy on declawing cats
- Jackson Galaxy of “My cat from Hell” on declawing and how to prevent the “need” to declaw your cat.
- The Paw Project – A documentary by house call veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Conrad, on the feline declaw surgery.
- The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association position statement
It is encouraged that you first examine the probable outcome for a declawed cat before contemplating a declaw. Seek out your local animal shelter to do your research. Our local shelter plays home to a declawed Russian Blue that has the unfortunate habit of inflicting severe bites, making her unadoptable, an unfortunate fate for this furry feline