Articles: Declaw

Ending Cat Declaw in British Columbia, Canada

One of the most well known and respected veterinarians on the planet, Dr. Margie Scherk, editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery, began this petition to ban declaw in British Columbia, Canada. I don’t often pay attention to petitions (there are just too many of them), but when Dr. Scherk authors the petition……

Feliscratch to Solve or Prevent a Cat-Scratching Problem; Better Than Declaw

After a unanimous vote in Denver, they now have banned declawing cats. And, Denver follows the entire state of California. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Theresa DePorter explains what declawing is. This isn’t just a matter of clipping a cat’s claws like cutting your nails, it’s truly an amputation, and that’s what we continue to do to…

Feliscratch Works: Seeing Is Believing

Roxy is our 15-year-old cat who, about 90 percent of the time, scratches on one of our four vertical posts and two horizontal posts, and has done so her entire life. So, we really don’t have a problem. But, I still wanted to test a new product with Roxy called Feliscratch. Feliscratch is supposed to…

New Tool for Cats that Scratch

The tide is certainly shifting regarding declaw of cats. After a lengthy political struggle (of which the primary opponent was local organized veterinary medicine), Denver just became the first city outside California to ban declaw in cats. In California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and others ban the procedure, which is also banned…

Banning Declaw in Denver

Denver City Council unanimously approved the first reading of a proposed ban on declawing cats on November 6. The 11-0 vote (two council members weren’t in attendance) suggests that the bill, put forward by Councilwoman Kendra Black, will sail through its second reading, scheduled for next Monday, November 13. The measure would then immediately go…

Declaw Linked to Behavior and Medical Problems in Cats, According to Recent Study

Declaw may be the most contentious issue in veterinary medicine and also amongst cat lovers. For years now, “catfights” have been breaking out all over the country, which has caused even more acrimony. Why would a veterinarian declaw? And, with increasing science and a new product to hit the market this fall or winter, it’s…

Declaw May be Banned in New Jersey

New Jersey is on its way to becoming the first state to ban declaw in cats. A bill that cleared an Assembly committee would add Onychetomy — the medical term for declawing — to the list of criminal animal cruelty offenses. There would be exceptions for medical purposes.  In short, declaw would be criminal in New…

More Evidence Regarding Declaw in Cats

Increasingly, it appears fewer cat owners seek to have their cats declawed. Increasingly, organized veterinary medicine discourages declaw (Onychectomy), and increasingly some individual veterinarian refuse under any circumstances to declaw. Other veterinarians will only declaw after all behavior alternatives are tried. There’s no data to absolutely demonstrate, but declaw is likely being done today far…

Declaw Is Not Amputation? Not Quite

Q: We don’t consider a declaw an amputation, as you insist it is. Our cats survive longer because we keep them indoors. We love our cats; they even sleep in our bed. Don’t you believe under those conditions it’s OK to declaw? — H.T., Tampa, FL A: It is likely your cats will live longer…

Declaw the Cat or Not?

Q: I want to have my 6-year-old male cat declawed. I’ve purchased scratching posts, but he ignores them. What else can I do? — D.P., via cyberspace A: Keep in mind that all cats need to scratch; even declawed cats go through the motions. Of course, without claws, they can no longer harm furniture. However,…

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