AAHA’S Declaw Communications Tool Kit-How To Pacify Those Pro-Claw Advocates

My Bright Idea- CITY THE KITTY’s Zero Tolerance Declaw Toolkit

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Please post lots and lots of photos of your kitties with inspiring comments about ending declawing and use the hashtag #AahaDay


HERE IS WHAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS ALL ABOUT. American Animal Hospital Association has their big day coming up on July 22 so let’s join their celebration by reminding them that they are enabling their pro-declaw veterinarians with their new Declaw Communications Toolkit.


As most of you know AAHA is STRONGLY OPPOSED to declawing. Here is their declawing policy. AAHA declawing policy

The problem though is that AAHA does not make their hospitals follow their policy of declawing as you can see in their press release last year to their members and to the world.AAHAREVISED

Let’s help AAHA raise their standards and make their hospitals truly excellent and help them put accountability in their declaw position. They have so many other mandatory requirements and standards that they DO enforce so let’s inspire them to do the same for declawing. They even say that their hospitals can’t do non-anesthesia dentals so they surely can say that their hospitals can’t declaw cats if they truly care about the welfare of cats.

So let’s join together and call ALL your cats to join in and have this meeting in a box to come up with important ideas and posts and share them with AAHA. Box-4

Hopefully my CITY THE KITTY- ZERO TOLERANCE DECLAW TOOLKIT will be used by AAHA and their veterinarians instead of the one they made, so that they will truly have excellent care for ALL animals.

I think their DECLAWING COMMUNICATIONS TOOLKIT had some typos in it so let’s help them with this.

Also I’m not sure if ALL their members received their toolkit since many of their veterinary practices are still declawing lots and lots of cats and kittens and deceiving cat owners about this inhumane procedure. A couple of you told me about an AAHA practice in Missouri that lets kids watch the amputation surgeries. My FBI (Feline Bureau of Investigation) team was told by an employee at this AAHA practice that they declaw 4-5 kitties a week and sometimes 5 a day for $80 for the front paw amputations. And that the $35 pain package meds are optional for the front declaws. (You are required to buy the pain package if you get the $120 4 paw declaw)

AAHA ‘s Declaw Communications Toolkit AAHADeclawToolkit

AAHA Declawing Tips


Number one – Ensure the entire staff knows the hospital’s no-declaw policy and can refer callers to it if necessary. Hospital should have a written policy or position statement on why they don’t declaw.

Number two- Ensure the entire staff is adequately trained to talk about cat behavior and behavior modification techniques that help REDIRECT cat scratching behaviors to scratching posts. Staff should also have cat behavior information on the hospital website or handouts available to refer cat owners to when necessary. Since AAHA has 16 other brochures about all other subjects but none about declawing or scratching behaviors, please print out these brochures from the Paw Project Declawing Brochures

Number three-Hospital should always discuss behavioral modification alternatives and have experts trained to trim nails, apply Soft Paws, and teach clients about commonsense humane alternatives like scratchers and deterrents to declawing.

Number four– Since the hospital doesn’t do declaw procedures, the entire hospital staff should be educated about what declawing entails and should be prepared to educate clients about how it is harmful to cats and all about why cats need their toe bones and claws for so many important aspects of their health and well being.

Number five– Hospitals should have brochures available about declawing and should offer scratchers and Soft Paws in advertisements.

Number six– Hospitals should thank “people opposed to declawing” for inspiring AAHA to do the right thing and make all their hospitals torture, fear, and pain free from this elective, non-therapeutic, mutilating procedure called declawing.

Number seven– Hospital staff should be cautious to not talk disrespectfully about anti-declaw proponents and always be grateful to them for creating this positive change in the veterinary profession in North America. Despite the loss of income in your hospitals from stopping this barbaric and unnecessary amputation surgery, there are ways to replace this surgery like selling scratchers and other humane alternatives to scratching issues. We encourage AAHA veterinarians to come up with innovative and inspiring campaigns in your areas to address cat scratching behavior. This will make us as veterinarians and as an organization that is all about excellence in the standards of veterinary care, look like we are finally putting the welfare of ALL animals first and are true advocates for ALL animals. All AAHA hospitals will now only have doctors who are honoring the oath they took to just heal and help animals and not declawing cats.

Number eight– Anti declaw proponents should always be referred to “people who oppose declawing”, “people who are on the right side of cat history”, and “people who saved cats from lots of unnecessary pain and suffering in the hands of doctors who knew better.”

Number nine– Anti-declaw proponents should always be treated with the same respect that clients are and thanked for helping pro-declaw veterinarians to stop selling their souls to this inhumane procedure.

I will add the other points tomorrow.

So please post photos of your kitties with Soft Paws on, using scratchers, and trimming their nails on facebook, instagram, and twitter and use the hashtag #AahaDay

You can also add a clever hashtag along with that with a positive message like #BestVetsDontHarm #BestVetsJustHeal #VeterinariansDoNoHarm #AahaHospitalsDontDeclaw #DeclawingIsHarming #DoNoHarm #DeclawingHarms #MakeYourPolicyMandatory

Post photos of your kitties paws up and say things like Paws Up If You Have Claws and Are Proud. #AahaDay

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Please keep this campaign positive and never threaten or disrespect them. Please just post photos of your kitties and try to inspire AAHA to do the right thing. They are good at their politically correct words and efforts but they need to finally put accountability in their hospitals in regards to declawing. Enough is enough.

Veterinarians who declaw cats and kittens and amputate their toes and claws should ONLY be referred to as “doctors who support declawing.”

Please do not use words like “butchers”, “mutilators”, or “torturers.”

Here is the advice they give on how to respond to the comments about declawing on their social media pages.

AAHA Social

It’s really too bad that the leaders at AAHA didn’t just do the right thing and write up simple mandatory standards that all their hospitals must follow that would go along with their declawing policy. They are strongly opposed to declawing and they know it’s wrong.

But they took the cowardly way out to help their vets who declaw stay under the radar with this inhumane procedure. They simply do not care how their veterinarians address declawing because if they did, they would take the appropriate actions instead of this pitiful Declaw Communications Toolkit.

I asked a few of my veterinarian friends who have AAHA practices and who don’t declaw cats, what they would do to make AAHA hospitals live up to their highest standards of veterinary care in regards to declawing. Here are some of their ideas.

Practice has a policy that it does not perform surgical procedures unless they are medically necessary. Practice does not perform surgeries for cosmetic reasons under any circumstances.
2. Practice employs medical policies designed to prevent pain and optimize quality of life for all patients.

3. Practice does not recommend or perform any medical procedure or treatment recommendation that may cause undue suffering without significant medical benefit.


My Bright Idea- CITY THE KITTY’s Zero Tolerance Declaw Toolkit