A Ban On Declawing Will Hurt “Vets” – What Does This Mean?-They Will Lose Money?

Veterinarians will be hurt if declawing is banned? Does this mean they will lose money from torturing cats? The greed is astounding!

If you think your declawed cat is ‘ok’, read the FACTS in my blog.

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International Cat Care-Declawing Is An Act Of Mutilation

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International Cat Care has released a position statement on the declawing of cats which calls for the procedure to be banned. The charity, together with its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), considers the declawing of cats for anything other than genuine therapeutic medical reasons to be an act of mutilation, and to be unethical. Although already illegal in many countries, this procedure is still a surprisingly common practice in some, where it is performed electively to stop cats from damaging furniture, or as a means of avoiding scratches. The operation to declaw does not just remove the claw, but also the end bone of the toe (equivalent to removing the end of a finger to the first joint in humans).

The newly released position statment follows on from brand new research in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS)*, which shows that declawing increases the risk of long-term or persistent pain in cats. Previous research had focused on short-term issues following surgery, such as lameness, chewing of toes and infection, but the long-term health effects of this procedure had not been investigated.

This new research shows that declawing increases long-term pain in cats, leading to behavioural changes such as increased biting behaviour, inappropriate urination or defecation, over-grooming and aggression. As a result of ongoing pain from declawing, cats will often choose a soft surface, such as carpet for toileting, in preference to the gravel-type substrate in the litter box; and a painful declawed cat may react to being touched by resorting to biting as it has few or no claws left to defend itself with. This is not only detrimental to the cat (pain is a major welfare issue and these behaviours are common reasons for cats ending up in a rehoming centre), but also has health implications for their human companions, as cat bites can be serious.

In addition, the study highlighted that a declawed cat was also almost three times more likely to be diagnosed with back pain than a non-declawed cat (potentially due to shortening of the declawed limb and altered gait, and/or chronic pain at the site of the surgery causing altered weight bearing).

Scratching is a normal and important feline behaviour, associated with territorial marking as well as being an important means of defence. Should scratching or clawing in the home become an issue, cat owners can provide appropriate resources (such as scratching posts, cardboard boxes, etc.) and encourage cats, via positive reinforcement (use of treats, cat nip, synthetic scratching pheromone etc.), to use these for scratching instead. Declawing for anything other than genuine therapeutic medical reasons is totally inappropriate and unethical, and should never be carried out as a means of controlling unwanted scratching behaviour.

To access iCatCare’s position statement on declawing click here. Link

Our full press release covering the scientific research, including free access to the JFMS article, can be accessed here. Link

One Of The Reasons Declawing Should Be Illegal-Nationwide

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Dr. Rachel Fuentes
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This my friends is one of the many reasons declawing cats has fallen out of favor. During the onychectomy (declaw procedure) it is possible to leave a small amount of viable tissue, which is exactly what happened here. This cat was declawed 12 years prior, but the dewclaw (“thumb area”) regrew under the skin and wasn’t noticed until recently. I was able to remove the offending nail and tissue with success, but this really adds a face (or foot) to the issues with declawing. The downsides far outweigh the benefit for this procedure. Let me know if you have any questions!

PAW PROJECT RESPONSE TO COLORADO VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION’S SUPPORT OF DECLAWING

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PAW PROJECT RESPONSE TO COLORADO VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION’S SUPPORT OF DECLAWING
THE PAW PROJECT·SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017

The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association opposes the proposed Denver Anti-Declaw ordinance. Here’s what they say (with our responses in CAPS and BOLD):
CVMA: We support the principle that complex veterinary decisions rightfully belong in the domain of the owner and the veterinarian. We support owners and veterinarians having well-informed discussions and making thoughtful, appropriate decisions about declawing.

WHY DO YOU THINK THERE SHOULD BE A “CHOICE” TO PERFORM A PROCEDURE THAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE “UNNECESSARY,” “INHUMANE,” AND A “MUTILATION” BY YOUR WELL-EDUCATED VETERINARY COLLEAGUES IN OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD?
CVMA: We support vigorous education of cat owners and landlords about non-surgical ways to manage scratching.

PLEASE SHOW US HOW YOU ARE ENSURING THAT THIS IS DONE IN COLORADO. WE CAN GIVE YOU MANY EXAMPLES OF HOW YOUR MEMBERS WILL DECLAW CATS, ON DEMAND, WITHOUT EVEN A CONSULTATION.

CVMA: We support the continuing, dramatic decline in declawing – which nowadays is rarely offered in a “spay/neuter package”

PLEASE PROVIDE US EVIDENCE OF DECLINE IN DECLAWING. ALL CURRENT PUBLISHED EVIDENCE IN PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS SHOW THERE HAS NOT BEEN A DECREASE. THIS IS A QUOTE FROM A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE JOURNAL, VETERINARY ANAESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA, “Based on the results of this study, the percentage of cats seen in veterinary practices that have been declawed has changed little in the past decade.”
CVMA: We support the use of modern surgical methods, advanced equipment, and effective pain management in all veterinary procedures

THIS MISSES THE POINT COMPLETELY. THE EFFECTS OF DECLAWING ARE LIFELONG AND INDEPENDENT OF TECHNIQUE AND PAIN MANAGEMENT USED. RESEARCH BY DR. NICOLE MARTELL-MORAN PUBLISHED IN THE PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL OF FELINE MEDICINE AND SURGERY EARLIER THIS YEAR, CONCLUDED: “Declawing increases the risk of long-term or persistent pain, manifesting as unwanted behaviors such as inappropriate elimination (soiling/urinating outside of the litter box) and aggression/biting. This is not only detrimental to the cat (pain is a major welfare issue and these behaviors are common reasons for relinquishment of cats to shelters) but also has health implications for their human companions, as cat bites can be serious.”

DR. ROBIN DOWNING, A COLORADO VETERINARIAN AND INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EXPERT IN PAIN MANAGEMENT STATES, “… we know from pain physiology that when we sever a nerve there is a very high risk of creating an ongoing, self-perpetuating pain state called “neuropathic pain”. … we know quite well the unremitting torture they endure each and every day – – tingling, burning, electric-like pulsed pain, pins and needles. We also know … Feline toe amputation forever alters the biomechanics of the cat’s feet, as well as the rest of the body. When a cat is subjected to toe amputation, in addition to having the last bone of the toe removed, all of the surrounding tendons and ligaments that attach to that bone are severed. This changes the architecture of the feet, thus changing the biomechanics of how the feet work.”
CVMA: We support the use of data and research for thoughtful, effective animal welfare policymaking
THEN PLEASE RESPOND TO THE DATA WE HAVE PROVIDED, AND PLEASE SHOW US DATA (YOU HAVE NOT…BECAUSE IT DOES NOT EXIST) THAT PROVES DECLAWING IS A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT THAT IS BENEFICIAL TO CATS.

CVMA: And finally, we support the human-animal bond, through which people and animals experience the unique joys and benefits of these special relationships
WE DO NOT THINK THE HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND IS ENHANCED IN ANY WAY BY DECLAWING. WE DO NOT BELIEVE DECLAWING SAFE CATS FROM BEING RELINQUISHED AND KILLED IN SHELTERS. A DECLAW BAN HAS BEEN IN EFFECT IN LOS ANGELES SINCE 2009. LOS ANGELES, WITH A POPULATION OF 4 MILLION, IS THE SECOND LARGEST CITY IN THE US. THE GENERAL MANAGER OF LOS ANGELES ANIMAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BRENDA BARNETTE, IS A STAUNCH ADVOCATE OF DECLAW BANS AND WRITES, “Opponents to anti-declaw legislation often speculate there will be a deluge of cats coming into the public shelter system if legal declawing is not available. This emotional claim is not supported by the hard statistics gathered by the Los Angeles Animal Services Department”, WHICH FOUND A 43.3% REDUCTION IN OWNER-SURRENDERED CATS TO THE CITY SHELTERS WHEN COMPARING THE FIVE YEARS BEFORE AND THE FIVE YEARS AFTER THE DECLAW BAN WENT INTO EFFECT. IN THE OTHER CITIES WITH DECLAW BANS, REDUCTIONS OF CAT RELINQUISHMENT TO THE SHELTERS WAS ALSO SEEN, WITH FIGURES RANGING FROM 6.5% TO 38.8%. IN THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME, LOS ANGELES SAW ITS CAT ADOPTION RATE NEARLY DOUBLE. MS. BARNETTE SAYS, “I attribute the decrease in relinquishment … of cats to our shelters to the decrease in behavior problems, particularly biting and litter box avoidance, that are widely recognized to be reasons for cats to be surrendered to shelters. We at Los Angeles Animal Services Department strongly believe that a ban on declawing saves the lives of cats.”
SARAH SWANTY, CAWA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FORT COLLINS CAT RESCUE STATES, “One piece of data that I do think is very important is that in over 14,000 adoptions by FCCRSNC over the last 11.5 years, my staff can’t seem to remember more than one cat being returned to our shelter because the owner didn’t have the option to declaw (our adoption contract states that they cannot declaw). If this were an issue at the level the opposition is presenting it to be, we would have regular returns of cats because the adopter wants to declaw and we won’t let them.”
Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, please do the right and humane thing…be on the right side of history…support this ordinance.

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X-Rays Tell The Story! What Really Happens To A Declawed Cat! Margarte Tompkins, KC Pet Project

 

X-Rays Tell the Story !! What Really Happens to a Declawed Cat!!

Shelters all over the country are seeing more older owner surrender declawed cats coming their way. Some of these cats have behavior problems and/or litter box issues which are likely reasons for their surrender in the first place.
I volunteer at KC Pet Project, one of the largest no-kill open admissions shelters in the country. It’s located in Kansas City, MO. They looked for reasons behind that behavior and found that many of these cats had bone fragments in their paws as leftovers from declaw procedures that were causing t hem extensive pain. Can you imagine walking every step on shards of glass? That’s what these cats were feeling. KCPP now routinely X-rays the paws of all declawed cats. If the damage is severe, they do reconstructive surgery on the paws of the cat.

Bone fragments are often left as the result of a declaw procedure making it difficult and painful for the cat to walk, use the litter box, and just be a cat! At KCPP, there is a small bulletin board display that contains an X-ray of a declawed cat and some informational material. Counselors helping adopters select a cat, can lead them by the display and discuss why they shouldn’t declaw their cat. The X-ray is the focal point for an educational discussion that isn’t judgemental. In a previous post Rick Andrius requested that X-ray so here it is and I’ll try to explain it.

X-rays look beyond the fluffy paw of a cat to reveal the devastating damage this is underneath in the paws of some declawed cats.

IMAGE 1: This is the X-ray that is on display. It shows the paws of Precious, a KCPP cat. Those little triangular pieces at the ends of the toes are P3 remnants. P3 is the bone the claw grows out of that is cut out when declawing. These are the bone fragments that are causing such pain for the declawed cat.

IMAGE 2: shows (on the right) a normal paw with claws, and (on the left) a declaw with no P3 remnants.

WHY IS DECLAWING LEGAL? Good question and many have asked. It’s illegal in these countries: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia, Malta, and Israel.

WHAT ABOUT THE US? Declawing is now prohibited in eight California cities: West Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills and Culver City. There are bills proposed in 4 states trying to ban declawing: New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Spread the word that shelters receiving declawed cats should X-ray their paws. If reconstruction surgery is needed, work to help raise funds for the procedure. It’s an investment in the life of the cat!! Work with a compassionate local veterinarian who will perhaps donate one such surgery per month.

IMAGES 3 & 4: Things to look for in your declawed cat. Meet Candy Corn, another KCPP cat. Her paws had become bent and sort of deformed due to being declawed. Also, when she sat, she’d often held one paw up.

IMAGE 5: Meet Beauford. This story has a happy ending but wow!! It breaks my heart! Beauford was a declawed cat resident at a local animal shelter and I believe he was owner surrendered. He bit people!! After being on multiple bite holds for 10 days each, he was going to be put down for his bad behavior. A wonderful good samaritan stepped in and took him to HELP Humane Society – A True No Kill Animal Shelter, in Belton, MO. They immediately accessed the situation and thought that bone fragments could be in his paws causing great pain and hence his biting behavior. He soon went to the vet for X-rays which confirmed the need for reconstruction surgery. He received the procedure and it was life changing for Beauford. He no longer bit people!! He purred his heart out!! After a period of recovery, he was adopted by a loving family.

IMAGE 6: This is the little bulletin board in the KC Pet Project cat adoption area. It contains the X-rays and other information about cat declawing. It provides adopters with a focal point that counselors can use to discuss declawing in an educational and non-judgmental way.

MESSAGE TO SHELTERS EVERYWHERE: Please X-ray the paws of your declawed cats especially those who are having behavior or litter box issues. Get them the life saving reconstruction surgery if needed.

SPECIAL THANKS to Sally McCampbell for the X-rays and research information for this post.

 

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