According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it is against policy to declaw exotics and wild cats, BUT, AVMA does not condemn the declawing of domestic cats? What is the difference? No cat should ever be declawed. Whoever declawed PAKA disregarded AVMA policy, unfortunately.
The AVMA has strengthened its opposition to declawing captive exotic and other wild indigenous cats for nonmedical reasons by condemning the practice.
Concerns that pain and suffering associated with declawing may be exacerbated in wild and exotic felines prompted the Executive Board to revise the Association’s position on the matter from opposition to condemnation.
The Association’s policy “Declawing Captive Exotic and Wild Indigenous Cats” was adopted in 2003 and stated: “The AVMA opposes declawing captive exotic and other wild indigenous cats for nonmedical reasons.” The policy was reviewed and reaffirmed in 2008 and was reviewed by the Animal Welfare Committee in 2012, in accord with the directive that all policies be reviewed every five years.
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New photos of Paka, a female Serval (small African wild cat) who lives at our Galt Sanctuary.
Approximately six months old at the time she arrived at PAWS (DOB estimated to be 7/2000), she was brought to a Santa Clara, California, animal shelter by individuals who said they had trapped her in a feral cat trap. She was also reported to have been running along the freeway in the city of San Jose. As usual, there was no information about her original owners or the animal dealer who must have sold her as a pet.
When she arrived at PAWS, Paka was placed in quarantine and tested for parasites. We found she had been declawed, was severely malnourished and infested with parasites. She would need medication. Oral medication is often difficult to administer to animals who are traumatized and disoriented, but in Paka’s case, medication was easy since she was ravenous for food and swallowed anything we gave her.
After two months of sanctuary, medication and a proper diet, Paka gained weight, settled in and her delightful little personality became evident. She now spends most of her time hiding in the tall grass in her habitat, stalking anything that moves. We would love to see Paka moved to a larger habitat at ARK 2000 when funds become available.
Taken from: https://www.facebook.com/pawsweb.org/posts/10152874997910895