The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia has become the second province in Canada to ban its members from declawing cats for non-therapeutic reasons.
While the college acknowledged their may be medical issues that may necessitate partial or full digit amputation, it says elective declawing, also known as onychectomy, is not an appropriate means of dealing with feline behaviour issues like scratching furniture.
“No medical conditions or environmental circumstances of the cat owner justify the declawing of domestic cats,” the CVBC said.
Nova Scotia is the only other Canadian province to ban cat declawing, but the college notes it is also outlawed in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and some cities in California.
“There is a consensus among the public and within our profession that declawing cats is an inhumane treatment and ethically unacceptable, similar to other outdated practices such as tail docking and ear cropping,” said CVBC CEO Luisa Hlus.