You may have guessed that I have an unwavering conviction about this subject. You are absolutely correct.
Let me begin with where declawing is outlawed. Declawing is currently banned in only 25 countries. Alphabetically, this includes Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales, and Yugoslavia.
What countries are missing from the list? In just the Americas from northernmost Murchison Promontory on Boothia Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada to southernmost Cape Froward, Chile, ALL countries are missing except Brazil. Of the 195 countries in the world, 170 allow the surgical mutilation of cats by declawing. What is missing I ask.
Onychectomy is the medical term for declawing. It is a booming business in both the U.S. and Canada! Declawing is not a manicure. It is an abusive and cruel mutilation of cats.
Unthinking and unfeeling people might call it elective surgery. Note – it’s not the cat who elects it! It’s a human being who elects it and that human is one who definitely should not have a cat. They are not cat people.
Declawing is not a removal of the just the claws of a cat as the name might imply. This barbaric practice is actually the amputation of the first digit of each of the cat’s toes! In human terms, it would be the equivalent of chopping off each finger and toe at the first knuckle. This severs both muscles and tendons. Folks, that’s not a manicure! Why can’t most veterinarians tell the truth – or better yet, refuse to do it.
Domestic cats are digitigrade, meaning they walk on their toes. His claws and toes are an integral part of making a cat a cat. Think about that for a moment. Declawing also robs a cat of his chief weapon of defense – his protractible claws. Another way of stating this is that people have chosen to remove an entire tier from a cat’s defense hierarchy of behaviors. Again, that sadistic maiming cannot be reversed.
The cruel disfigurement does absolutely nothing to benefit the cat. Not only is this extremely painful surgery, but it includes phantom pain which may last for weeks or months.
It is non-reversible surgery. The horrible suffering and disfigurement it causes are not offset by any benefit of any kind to the cat. Declawed cats often are much more stressed out and behavior problems result.
So, why does your neighborhood vet do this? It’s called money. It has nothing to do with the welfare of your cat or the ethics of proper care of cats. Again, it is a human being who elects this barbaric surgery. It is also clear that the human is one who should never have a cat. So, what you do think?