Cat Declawing - What's Your Opinion?
Cat Declawing In The UK:by:Trisha Goodwin
Regarding cat declawing,
which you asked for comments back on - I had never heard of this practice before, so asked the vet about it.
Apparently it is a banned practice in the UK, vets and cat owners can be prosecuted for allowing it/carrying it out.
It is likely that the cat would also be confiscated and an animal welfare charity involved, such as the RSPCA, Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals which is the biggest and most well known animal charity/welfare organisation here.
It must be something carried out elsewhere in the world, of course, and people must think they have good reasons, but it sounds very cruel to me, and probably done for the owners benefit, not the cats?
Comments for Cat Declawing In The UK::Barbaric
by: Gail (Quincy, MA, USA)
Declawing is barbaric and against the law in the UK and several other countries. Unfortunately, it is still practiced frequently in the USA, of which I am horribly embarrassed.
Declawing isn't like taking a fingernail off. It is an AMPUTATION of digits of which the cat needs in order to walk properly, stretch its muscles, defend itself - the reasons are too numerous to mention in one post.
For anyone interested in learning the absolute truth about declawing, may I suggest you visit a fellow cat-loving website: www.pictures-of-cats.org - this site has a link about declaw with very graphic video and a groundswell of comments.
Declawing animals is cruel and nothing more than a greedy vet trick to line their pockets. It is a multi-BILLION dollar surgery in the USA. Some cats never recover - they're constantly in pain, have personality changes, become aggressive and/or litter resistent since it hurts to scratch the litter. PLEASE! Never ever declaw an animal, and if your vet performs this horrific surgery, find yourself another vet.Declawing is Horrible!!!
I will never declaw a cat. How would you like it if someone befriended you and you woke up in pain and discovered that your friend had all your fingers amputated just above your nails? It Is Indeed
What's more, it leaves the cat defenseless if he/she gets out of the house and I hear it often causes behavioral problems in cats. It is enlightened of the U.K. to outlaw it.