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Want Your Cat to Hate You? Do This.

Written by PETA | July 19, 2012

Dr. Narda Robinson, a university professor and veterinary educator, has come to the aid of animals in danger of mutilation from a surgery called “declawing.”

In a new article published in Veterinary Practice News, she explains that even though the procedure involves 10 separate painful amputations at the last joint of a cat’s toes, the willingness of many veterinarians to perform the cruel (but billable) operation makes cat guardians think, “Oh, it must be acceptable then,” when it is not. Dr. Robinson asks the following:

How does protecting furniture or one’s bottom line compare with the veterinarian’s oath to employ knowledge and skill “for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering?

Cats’ claws and the bones and cartilage that hold them in place allow cats to balance properly, climb, and defend themselves. Declawing—which removes these claws, bones, and cartilage—is a terribly painful and permanently crippling procedure that can cause lasting nerve and other physical damage. Declawed cats have been known to resort to biting, and many have other permanent behavioral issues, including litterbox aversion—not to mention that if they somehow get outdoors, they don’t stand a chance against predators.

There are effective and humane ways to prevent cats from inflicting damage with their claws, such as regular claw trimming and setting out numerous scratching posts and cardboard scratch pads.


Cats claw to have fun and exercise, to maintain the condition of their nails, and to mark their territory.
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If anyone you know is considering having a kitten or cat declawed, please make sure that the person has all the facts.

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  • canuckcat says:

    MY 2 CATS HAVE 3 WOVEN SISAL CAT SCRATCH POSTS -TWO POSTS ARE STANDING & ONE IS LAYING FLAT ON FLOOR(BASE IS REMOVED FOR SMALL CAT) MY LEATHER RECLINER & COUCH ARE LIKE NEW AFTER 5 YEARS WITH CATS – GO TO WEBSITE SISAL RUGS DIRECT FOR QUALITY CAT SCRATCH POSTS

  • victoria topping says:

    The human race never ceases to dissapoint me in relation to animal welfare, I’ve had cats for 11 years n yes they may have made a mess of my furniture now & then but at the end of the day I love my cat more than my sofa! This is cruelty, end of!

  • Mimi says:

    I have 6 indoor cats, with nails that I keep trimmed. They have never touched the furniture…The one time one tried a year ago, she got bopped on the head with newspaper. Since then she loves her scratching post…I Have 3 scratching posts in both bedrooms and downstairs….They are wrapped with allot of twine, but also have carpet. The twine area is where they like to sharpen their claws. The nice part is I can keep buying new twine and re wrap over and over. This is good for 2 reasons, one their scent is on the scratching post, and two they love the feel of new twine…..:0)

  • Ann says:

    Declawing seems so cruel – I see my cats often sharpening their claws, kneading, climbing, etc…these activities are such a natural part of their lives, why rob them of this? Many pet stores features (claw clipping” (Not declawing) on a once a month plan pretty cheaply. Everyone should explore this option.

  • jambalady says:

    The first picture tells it all. Who could do that to a sweet kitten like the one the lower picture? Delawing should be illegal.

  • karenlucy says:

    that picture of declawing is just horrible! Everyone who thinks this is a benign surgery needs to see this.

  • Sam says:

    You can also just buy those little nail cap covers.

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