Dr. Churan of the Animal Clinic Of South Elgin is the homely, friendly unassuming vet who could be your mom. She is the leading veterinarian at her clinic. She sets the tone and creates the culture.
She advocates automatic declawing of cats bundled together with spaying and neutering and all three surgical procedures should take place as soon as possible after the birth of the kitten. Don’t seek alternatives. Just amputate. She is indirectly promoting declawing by bundling it with neutering.
She says don’t wait and see if you can train your cat to scratch a post. The use of scratching posts are not even mentioned. She makes it clear that a cat can’t “do destructive behaviors” (as she calls scratching) as it stops a positive relationship developing between cat and person. She says there is “nothing more frustrating than a cat that is destroying your home and you can’t do anything about.”
Note the “can’t do anything about it”. Wrong Dr Churan. There are many alternatives that don’t entail the unnecessary mutilation of the cat. I think you should go back to vet school (in England!). See also The “3 D’s” to prevent your cat from scratching the furniture by Maggie Sharp (there are many other articles – over 200 – please search from the home page).
She advocates declawing as the best way of managing scratching furniture as it is a “win win” situation – everyone is happy! Are you sure Dr. Churan? Are you sure the cat is happy and content having the last phalange of his or her toes amputated?
She advocates declawing as young as possible. As mentioned, she advocates automatic declawing. She argues against “wait and see”. Don’t wait and see just cut off those toe ends she says. Clearly clients come in and ask about declawing (suggesting that they are not sure about it) and she encourages these people to declaw. This is in direct contravention of her oath and AVMA policy (
for what it is worth – not much).
If the cat scratches household objects she says the only thing you can do is to declaw! No suggestion of alternatives. This in breach of AVMA code, veterinarian’s oath and morality.
For most cats it is a natural behavior to claw things, she says. Let’s take care of that early, she says..and cut off those toes. It is more humane for the cat to declaw the cat! She even hints that the alternative to not declawing is relinquishing the cat.
She says that declawed cats don’t have psychological problems. In other words she is saying by implication that “all cats are fine after the operation”. This goes against the conclusions of respected studies.
These are her details:
Animal Clinic Of South Elgin
896 N La Fox St South Elgin, IL 60177
“Serving South Elgin pets since 1984”.
Their motto is:
“Our goal is to have a wonderful relationship between owners and pets”. At her clinic, the only way to have that is to mutilate the cat! So says quaint Dr Churan.
Declawing will not stop in the USA until they start training the veterinarians differently (to follow their bl**dy oath for a start) and a new breed of vets is produced that gradually pushes out these dinosaurs.
If you’d like to do something about this vet try leaving a comment on Google. Click on this link and click on the link to her clinic (adjacent to red marker left hand column). – My thanks to Yvonne for this idea.