Declawing Cats: Is It Ever OK?

A recent post by a popular health website says declawing cats is all right in some situations.

By Cat Fancy Editors | Posted: February 20, 2014, 10 a.m. EST

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Is It OK to Declaw Cats?
Recently, a popular health website posted a story about the pros and cons of declawing cats. A vet offers a description of cosmetic declawing, which leaves cats' toe pads intact, and simple surgical declawing, which uses a guillotine-like tool to remove cat claws along with a piece of the toe bone.

Get details on cat declaw surgery >>

The vet also said there were good reasons to declaw cats: to remove a tumor on the toe, to stop cat scratches from harming owners or, mainly, to curb social issues. The vet described the social issues as cats "being destructive and tearing up furniture."

Find ways to prevent cats from scratching furniture >>

The American Veterinary Association's stance on declawing cats is to use it only as a last resort. They released a statement and a video to fully explain the cat declaw surgery, to show its severity and potential to harm cats.

Hear the AVMA's statement on cat declawing >>

Other cat advocates to speak out against cat declawing include Jackson Galaxy, the "My Cat From Hell" host and cat behavior expert. Galaxy recently led a Google+ Hangout on the topic, and frequently discusses problematic and painful consequences for cats who are declawed.

See details on Jackson Galaxy's cat declaw discussion >>

Additionally, many cat supporters would like to rename the procedure "cat de-toeing," to more fully explain what the surgery achieves.

What are your thoughts on the topic? Is there a time and place for cat declawing? Should it be renamed or done away with?
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Anahit    Redmond, WA

9/16/2014 11:41:13 AM

Cat de-toeing is NOT ok. The harm to the cat is NEVER acceptable, it is animal cruelty in a nutshell. Sign an anti-declawing petition today to show your stance on the issue: LINK

jess    Wintersville, OH

6/29/2014 8:29:47 PM

I have a 6 month old kitten and a new born baby. I got my kitten De - clawed bc I didn't want my baby getting scratched up. I was never informed on the risks that is involved and the harm that can come from doing this. I wish I was told about the risks and the harm that can come from this by my vet. If I knew any of this I would of never done it. I thought I was keeping my baby safe and my kitten would be ok. So wrong.

Cristy    Waldorf, MD

5/13/2014 11:07:10 AM


Elizabeth    San Diego, CA

5/11/2014 6:22:52 AM

Is cutting off the ends of your fingers ever okay?

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