Declawing is a legal barbaric amputation of each claw bone leaving kitty suffering silently 24/7/365. Cats are known to hide pain, if they show pain, they become prey. An AVMA member, Misener of Holley Animal Hospital, started declawing in 1952, and received accolades for ''developing a humane procedure to declaw cats''. Cat parents unfortunately believed this misleading information because there is no humane way to amputate bone. There are studies from ethical veterinarians that prove all declawed cats live in pain in the Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery. There are many declawed cats that have complications, they are usually dumped or euthanized. Veterinarians do not explain the procedure and sugarcoat the procedure because profits are more important. Declawing a cat is the equivalent of cutting all ten fingers of a human's hand at the first knuckle. Declawing is a billion dollar industry that benefits veterinarians nationwide. No matter what price you pay or what method is used, declawing will always remain a barbaric cruel hate attack on a once healthy kitty. Many cat parents are devastated once they have learned what they put their beloved felines through, they were told declawing ''is a simple surgery'' ''laser declaws are practically pain free'' ''you need to declaw with the spay/neuter'' ''you will be back when your furniture is ruined'' ''we have a spay/neuter declaw package'' The good news is many veterinarians have stopped declawing. ~~~NOTE~~~THE MOST READ ARTICLE IN MY BLOG IS ~MY DECLAWED CAT IS LIMPING~IT IS READ PRACTICALLY EVERY DAY BY DIFFERENT USERS WHO SEARCH THOSE TERMS ON GOOGLE.
This is Sammy, a very sweet orange tabby, from our friends at the Texas Special Needs Rescue in the Houston area. He is around 5 years old and was declawed on all 4 feet. He was found outside in an apartment complex and taken in to a foster.He was examined at the Feline Medical Center (FMC) in Houston this week and found to have very large bone fragments that were left behind that were regrowing nail. FMC’s feline specialist Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran performed the surgery that took 3.5 hours to complete. There was a large amount of nail regrowth and very small fragments of nail growing haphazardly from the bone fragments left behind and one toe with pus formation below the skin.He is recovering from surgery and doing well with an excellent appetite! Video clips of the surgery are in the comments. Wish him well on his recovery and journey to find a new home!
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) opposes elective and non-therapeutic Partial Digital Amputation (PDA), commonly known as declawing or onychectomy, of domestic cats.
All VCA animal hospitals in Canada
American Association of Feline Practitioners
Fear Free Pets
Mission Veterinary Partners
Many private animal hospitals never declawed or stopped.
To date, a total of 39 countries, including Australia, Brazil, England and Japan, have banned declawing it. “The EU has banned declawing for decades, and any veterinarian performing this procedure stands to lose their license,” says Dr. Scherk,DVM ,DABVP
Sawa said a declaw is when the third bone and nail of a cat’s paw are removed, which she added is a painful procedure for the animal that can cause a number of side effects down the road.
According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), those risks include acute pain, nerve trauma and long-term complications like lameness, chronic neuropathic pain and behavioural problems.
Furthermore, the AAFP states that declawing is not only an unneeded medical procedure for felines, but scratching is a normal behaviour which is both learned and inherent.
“The bylaw for us can be used as a tool to support our refusal to do the procedure,” Sawa noted. “When the public comes in asking for this to be done, as a veterinarian it’s our job to educate them on alternatives to declawing and why we feel the declawing procedure is unnecessary.”
Those alternatives include applying nail covers, trimming the cat’s nails or training cats to use provided scratching options such as a scratch post.
Veterinarians say if a cat’s nails are properly trimmed, it will reduce their desire to remove shedding nails by scratching on items you wouldn’t want them to.
Declawing numbers down in Saskatchewan
Sawa admitted she has seen fewer people come to her clinic requesting their cat be declawed. In the past ten years, she believes she has performed the operation ten times.
She noted some Saskatchewan clinics have refused to perform a cat declawing procedure even before the bylaw was passed provincially.
“There is a huge decline in clients asking for the procedure to be done because there are alternatives,” Sawa said. “I really don’t feel that this is going to make a huge change because most clinics would rarely do the procedure.”
Saskatchewan becomes the eighth Canadian province to ban declawing, behind British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Sawa thinks there are a few reasons why it took Saskatchewan this long to pass a ban on elective declawing of cats.
“There have always been concerns that if we banned declawing then people would either find a way to do it, they would give their pet up or they would euthanize their pet because there is no way they could have their pet declawed,” suggested Sawa.
“However, there have been studies recently that have shown these thoughts are not supported.”
Nova Scotia was the first province to make it illegal. The rule was passed in December 2017, however, their ban took effect in March 2018.
A new study conducted by the BC SPCA in collaboration with external researchers finds that a declaw ban does not lead to increased feline shelter intake or euthanasia. In 2018, the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia announced a ban on feline declawing, a decision hailed by animal welfare organizations. “For two decades the BC SPCA has been on record opposing procedures such as declawing, tail docking, ear cropping, and devocalization that impact an animal’s ability to experience good welfare and to express natural behaviours, so we were thrilled when the ban was announced,” says Dr. Emilia Gordon, senior manager of animal health for the BC SPCA.
“But opponents of declawing bans often voice concerns that it could lead to greater relinquishment of cats to animal shelters and we wanted to understand if these concerns were warranted.” Over the summer, Dr. Gordon and Dr. Karen van Haaften, senior manager of behaviour and welfare, collaborated with external researchers, Dr. Alexandre Ellis from Shelter Outreach Consultation Services and Dr. Sasha Protopopova from the Animal Welfare program at the University of British Columbia, to perform an in-depth analysis.
This study went beyond simple intake and euthanasia counts, also including length of stay, euthanasia requests by guardians, and a detailed look at intake and outcomes with formal statistical methods. “We wanted to perform a formal, peer-reviewed analysis so we could answer the question that has been asked so many times: does a declaw ban cause more cats to end up in shelters or be euthanized?” says Dr. Gordon. “And 74,587 cats in BC have spoken: it does not.” The team analyzed six years of data (including three years before and after the ban) representing the majority of animal shelters in the province of B.C.
After analyzing records from 74,587 cats, they found: There was no significant difference in surrender for destructive scratching, and overall, this is a rare reason for people to give up cats (only 50 cats over 6 years) There was a decrease in the number of cats entering the shelter and a decrease in cat euthanasia Cats spent less time in the shelter waiting to be adopted after the ban vs before. “As far as we know, claims by opponents of declaw bans that bans could lead to greater relinquishment of cats to animal shelters are not substantiated by any data, anywhere,” says Dr. Gordon.
“Now we know with certainty that in B.C., this did not happen.” In fact, another recent BC SPCA study showed that 82.6% of cats surrendered were for human-related reasons such as housing, human health, or financial challenges. Among the smaller percentage of cat-related reasons, aggression and house-soiling are the most common reasons. According to Dr. Gordon, both of these can be worsened by declawing. Dr. Gordon says the data points to two important factors – that the ban on declawing has not increased cat intake in shelters, and that greater support is needed for families to address the human factors related to pet relinquishment. “We hope this data can be used by veterinarians, veterinary regulators, animal shelters, and community members to support bans against unnecessary and painful cosmetic surgeries and to begin discussions about how we address the systemic issues in our society that separate families from their pets.” This is the first peer-reviewed study assessing shelter data in a jurisdiction with a declaw ban. The primary author is Dr. Alexandre Ellis. It was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery on September 13, 2021
From our mailbox: Ru came into my life as a 1.5 year old sweetheart. In our seven years together, he has required two surgeries to repair the damage caused by the declaw surgery that occurred early in his kittenhood. Typically, he loves midnight playtime, exploring box forts, cuddling on my bed, and screaming at the pantry door for more dinner. However, bone fragments in two paw pads made his favorite activities uncomfortable, and in the worst days of his pain, pre-surgery, he only left the couch to eat and use the litter box. Dr. Doub at Union Park Vet Hospital has truly been the best vet that my family could have asked for. When I knew nothing about the long term effects of declawing, she guided me through the process of what supplements, care, litter, and surgeries would be most helpful for Ru to live a pain free life. He is now happily recovered, living his wildest midnight adventures, and continues his daily meal tantrums. He is my soul-mate, and I will forever be grateful for the care provided through Dr. Doub and The Paw Project. Thank you for the work that you do to ensure that all cats can live pain free!Allison & Ru. Thank you, @pawprojectutah #stopdeclawing#pawproject
Cassandra has been on this earth for 16 years, 16 years of walking without her claw bones which took a toll on her back and hind legs which caused severe arthritis. She was found in the woods, starving and afraid. I saved her and gave her everything she wanted, bird feeders, a garden, cat videos, good food, lots of beds, baths, fish, parakeets, toys, catnip, companionship, and more love than anyone can imagine. Words really don’t mean much, it is what is in the heart that counts. Cass was the name on her collar when I found her so I kept it. She liked to play fish games on the ipad, and hide and seek. She was a true Tuxie kitty, loved the water and drinking from the faucet. At her end days, I gave her a heated pool, plastic container that I kept refilling with warm water. She will never be forgotten. She will never forget she was harmed by a veterinarian. Note to the vet who wanted to euthanize her when I first found her all those years ago because she went wild in his clinic-I dropped you that day because I found out you declawed cats and I have my suspicions that you were probably the monster who maimed her paws. She has gotten her claws back…
So many people come to us asking about why we are so against declawing. I have so so many reasons. But this video really sums it up. This was taken TODAY by a follower of ours that works in a clinic near Columbus where corporate still allows this to be done. This cat is still in this cage, screaming in pain and frustration. You don’t even know what your baby is going through because you’re told to leave them there and pick them up in a few days. Well here it is. Here’s what your cat is going through. THIS is why we don’t condone or stand behind declawing at all. If you’d like more information on alternative options or more reasons why this is barbaric and needs to be stopped, google will tell you just about everything you should know with a simple search of “why shouldn’t I declaw my cat” Knowledge is power. Share this a million times over. This must stop.
This individual is in a witness protection program. He is part of a lawsuit. He was declawed and the rescue organization found out that the adopter did that to him even though they have a strict no declaw policy in their adoption contract. The Paw Project heard that he lost his home just two days after being declawed because he stopped using the box and he was in complete agony. Here he is getting his paws repaired by PawProject Veterinarians. Thanks to your generous donations, we can make declawed cats feel better and lead happier lives. #pawproject#stopdeclawing#notonemorecat