DECLAWING ALL BABIES IS CRUEL

by Ruth
(England)


Photomontange by Ruth

One or two people have rightfully remarked that a comparison between the amputation of a person’s finger ends and those of a cat should also be shown as a comparison of a baby to a kitten, as too many kittens are being routinely declawed.

Not being able to have a baby’s consent to being the ‘patient’ for photos, this can’t be as authentic as Babz brilliant article, but I hope it will shock some pro declaws into realising that what they are doing to little kittens is very cruel and wrong.

A baby and a kitten learn about their world in the same way and surely it’s not too much to ask anyone to be kind and gentle while they learn and to teach them by distraction from unacceptable behaviour? Surely no one would have a baby’s finger ends amputated just incase he used them inappropriately? So why do it to a kitten? A BABY cat!

It’s true that thousands of kittens are declawed, usually along with neutering and this is done from an early age quite often now.

So kittens as young as 8 weeks have already been declawed without even a chance to use a scratching post and to learn claw manners. Their very essential and rightful claws are taken from them as a prevention, not as the last resort that declawing is supposed to be.

Some Rescue Shelters offer kittens already neutered, vaccinated and front declawed, as if declawing is a good thing and makes a kitten more adoptable. Some offer them as ‘will be front declawed upon adoption’.

So the kitten goes for a cruel and unnecessary operation to disable him even before he goes to his new home. Those Shelters are actively encouraging declawing!

How much more humane and a lot cheaper it would be for those Shelters to give a free scratching post and instructions to the adoptee on how to teach the kitten to use it and how to trim his claws.

How much more humane if vets encouraged neutering rather than declawing as then there would not be so many kittens in Rescue Shelters to begin with.

Some vets offer discounts on declawing, why not offer discounts on neutering instead?

Irresponsible people allow their cats to breed with no thought to homes for the kittens, whole litters are in some Rescue Shelters! Declawing does not save homes.

People who have the belief that declawing is the way to prevent inappropriate scratching are not fit to have cats in their lives. They are the very people who relinquish their cat when problems from the declawing begin.

The cat is written off as a ‘bad cat’ and off they go to choose another kitten and ruin his life too.

Claws are essential to a cat for having a healthy and fulfilled life. Surely ALL cats deserve that much!

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DECLAWING ALL BABIES IS CRUEL

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Oct 09, 2010 Ruth speaks the Truth.
by: Poochu

Dear Ruth,

The photo montage against declawing has spoken a million words and has delivered the visual blow to the pro-declawing lot.

I can imagine the effect it can create in anyone who was on the verge of declawing their cat/kitten.

Caring for a Kitten/Cat is not for the weak of hearts.


Oct 08, 2010 Sickening
by: Leah (England)

Any baby animal is just the same as a human baby in that they look to us to love and protect them; make sure they never come to any harm so what do they do in America? Yes! The exact opposite!

I’ve fostered cats and kittens for some years now and when those kittens look at you so innocently your heart melts. It would be so easy to hurt them in any way you wish; what could they do? Nothing; they are defenceless just like a human baby.

How could anyone take a baby like that to the vets and inflict such awful pain on him? Clearly someone who is so selfish and stupid they shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a kitten. One of these selfish people recently wrote that the best time to de-claw is 6 months before the kitten has had chance to really get used to their claws. Are you serious? All kittens do is play and grab toys and siblings with their paws and claws!

As for those butchers that do it they should be struck off. Well actually they would be in the UK. Thank God we have the animal welfare act in this country but even before declawing was banned our vets wouldn’t do it anyway.

Anyone that declaws gives not a jot for that kitten, they are nothing but sick, twisted morons


Oct 08, 2010 HORRIBLE
by: Edward

Im glad you couldnt use a real baby it would have been too horrible for us to see even pretending but I dont suppose it would have upset them cruel people who have kittens finger ends chopped off.
Ed


Oct 08, 2010 Thank you
by: Ruth

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments,
I do appreciate every single one, as I always say an article without comments isn’t worth much as it looks like only the writer’s opinion !
Maria Clara, declawing is banned in your country as it is here in the UK and it sounds as if like ours too, vets wouldn’t do it even before it was banned.
It’s done mainly in the USA and Canada and in fact some vets there advertise it and encourage it even though they know it’s cruel.
It’s terrible that they put making money before the health and welfare of cats.

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Oct 08, 2010 Declawing? For what?
by: Maria Clara

We don’t know this practice of declawing in the Netherlands. At least, I never met a declawed cat here, and never heard that vets here are willing to do such a thing. From the day I was born I have lived with cats. And yes, I got scratched every now and then. Yes, I have lived with cats that liked the wallpaper or the couch more than the scratch- post. What does one do in such cases? Accepting that a cat is a cat, I guess.


Oct 07, 2010 yes i do agree that declawingbaby kittens and cats are cruel
by: darlene burrow

HI I SO AGREE WITH YOU DECLAWING KITTENS AND CATS ARE VERY CRUEL THEY SHOULD LIVE THEIR LIVES AS GOD INTENDED THEM TO BE I THINK IT IS VERY SELFISH OF PEOPLE WHO DO DECLAW THEIR PET KITTEN OR CAT BECAUSE THEY THINK OF THEMSELVES INSTEAD OF THEIR BELOVED PET ON BEHALF THE OWNERS DON’T THINK OF WHAT THE CATS WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH AND THE PAIN THAT COMES ALONG WITH IT IF YOU DECIDE TO DECLAW THE CAT THEY THINK OF THEMSELVES INSTEAD OF WHAT THE CATS WANT THE OWNERS THINK ABOUT WHAT WILL AFFECT THEM AND THEIR HOME THERE ARE WAYS TO PREVENT THAT FROM HAPPENING WHICH THERE ARE NUMBERS OF WAYS TO CONTROL THEIR CATS FROM SCRATCHING THINGS IN THE HOUSE AND RUINING THINGS IN THEIR HOME I THINK DECLAWING CATS IS VERY WRONG, CRUEL, AND ITS ABUSE I THINK


Oct 07, 2010 Telling it Like it Is
by: Jo Singer

Thanks for posting this blog. It is a very compelling argument against declawing for anyone who is considering this brutal surgery.

Your analogy hits the nail on the head. Our cats are part of our family, and should be treated humanely. Our cats’ welfare is far more important than any piece of furniture, curtains or carpets. Anyone that prefers those inanimate objects over wonderful cats should not get one!

Again, your work is exceptionally compelling. We must find a way to get this procedure banned, once and for all, in the United States and Canada.


Oct 07, 2010 Sickening
by: Anonymous

Torturing helpless innocent baby cats is sickening and I think probably those monsters who do it to baby cats would do it to baby humans too if they could get away with it.
They are unfit to care for any helpless being.


Oct 07, 2010 True
by: Rose

Another great write up Ruth.I agree with Micheal, your posters say it all.Babies and kittens,in fact adult cats or any animal we care for are alike in that we have to make their decisions for them as to the best thing for their health and welfare.
We have a duty to consent to nothing needless on their behalf.Cats are the clients of the vets,not the owner of the cat and vets should speak out on the cats behalf as to what treatment is needed.
That would NOT include declawing which there is no doubbt about is cruel and needless.
So how come vets are getting away with encouraging this?
Yes the owner pays the bill for the cat but it shouldn’t mean having the right to pay the vet to cripple the cat.
It’s wrong in so many ways and the useless AVMA know it’s wrong but do nothing to stop it.
I wish people who declaw would read all the stuff here on PoC and see the light.
I wonder if any of them read the comments on these blogs too because if so they must know how detested they are.Are they laughing at us thinking they are unstoppable.I want to make them laugh on the other side of their selfish self important faces,that’s what I want to do.


Oct 07, 2010 Prevent Cruelty & Future Problems
by: Chris

Thank you, Ruth!

Vets who promote and perform routine declawing are unethical for not following their association’s own policies! This means veterinary associations that defend routine declawing are also unethical. Cat owners MUST do their own research – don’t depend on declawing vets to inform you about this drastic surgery. It is illegal in 8 cities in California and in many countries. You need to know why informed vets would like to see declawing banned everywhere:
“Declawing and Science – Should Declawing be Banned?” by Jean Hofve, DVM – http://littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=declawingandscienceasummaryofthefacts


Oct 07, 2010 Horrifying comparison
by: Barbara

Brilliant Ruth and I love the reference to not being able to get the consent of a baby to being a patient. Because of course it’s impossible to get the consent of a kitten or cat to have it’s toe ends removed. It’s all done by force.

Imagining the bewilderment, fear and pain inflicted on tiny kittens during declawing makes me feel physically sick.

But then so does the whole concept of declawing.

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Oct 07, 2010 Really effective
by: Michael

I really like your photo-montages/posters. I think they are a very effective way of conveying a message. And this is such an important message.

Thank you Ruth for taking the time to do this and to educate.

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