by Elisa Black-Taylor
Morning readers. You’ll notice I didn’t say good today. I’d planned to just read a little on the new laser declawing technique that’s being shoved down the throats of the ignorant cat owner. It turned into another article. Because veterinarians are LYING about declawing.
I can’t believe what I’m reading. I realize Michael has covered this in several articles, but I just have to jump into this. As soon as I read the word “myth” my blood pressure doubled. By the time you’ve read my whole article, you’ll understand why I’m getting ill.
I hate liars. Especially when they have Dr. in front of their name! Liars tend to put me in a very bad mood.
I really hate how this new laser declawing technique is being promoted. The veterinarians are telling the cat owners that most of what they’ve read on declawing being bad is anything from a lie to a myth. I can’t believe they’re using these lies as a selling point to mutilate helpless cats. How can they call it a “myth” when there is plenty of evidence to show how harmful declawing really is?
So I got off of the “laser” path and jumped into researching “myth” vs. “real life.”
Take a look at this reference (new window). It’s the first one I pulled in researching this article.
This goes against everything we know about the horrors of declawing. Here are the declawing issues the veterinarians are calling “myths.”
1. Behavior changes. The veterinarians are telling cat owners that declawed cats are friendlier after the surgery than prior to surgery.
2. The veterinarians are claiming declawed cats can climb trees. The cats may be a little slower at it-but the ability to climb isn’t destroyed by removing the front claws. Yea-right. They ought to be ashamed of themselves!
3. Declawing doesn’t lessen hunting skills. How can anyone believe this? My cat has accidentally had his claws out a few times while using me as a human diving board and I can tell you those claws hurt. I can imagine how they’d feel to a cats “prey.” It’s not just the ability to hold the prey, it’s the pain caused when a cat digs in with all of the claws.
4. Declawed cats DO NOT BITE. These vets convince the surgical candidates family that declawed cats don’t realize they have no claws, but the chance of biting is no greater than before declawing. Apparently someone hasn’t let the declawed cats out there in on this myth. The people I’ve talked to all agree with me that cats without claws use their teeth since it’s the only defense left to them.
5. Post surgery the cat will have sore feet but should be completely back to normal within 2 weeks.
6. Veterinarians claim it’s a myth concerning refusing to use a litter box after declawing.
I won’t even comment on the last two because we know #5 and #6 are a cats worst nightmare.
Most of these “studies” used to debunk the so called myths took place post surgery anywhere from a few hours to a few days. They were not long term enough to be accurate. There have been at least 9 studies showing that behavioral problems are much more common in declawed cats.
Where are they getting their “facts” from? Are they making this up as they go along? I guess anything to make a dollar. And as I suspected, this is being offered along with a “spay/neuter” package deal.
This is especially true to those living in the United States. Cat owners, I beg you to read this and pass it on to your cat loving friends. Do NOT let these sleazy veterinarians convince you that it’s the right thing to do for your cat. I’m afraid with the new laser method the number of surgeries performed will increase in the United States.
The veterinarians hide behind fancy words like “scientific studies” and “control groups.”1. Don’t ever forget they’re making money for your cats misery!
I’d really like to address myth #1 listed above about declawed cats being friendlier after surgery. I believe the so-called “friendliness” is actually fear experienced by the cat. The poor creature is probably afraid it’s about to die and bonding more closely to the misinformed owner who has put the poor feline through this. I hope my readers understand my meaning of this. Compare it to a very sick child wanting mommy. The post surgical cat is in agony, terrified and confused on why this pain is being inflicted on him/her.
If these are all “myths,” then I’d like to present a few “facts.”
1. Approximately 70% of cats turned into shelters for “behavioral problems” are declawed.
2. July/August 1994 Journal of Veterinary Surgery showed that 50% of declawed cats suffered from LONG TERM complications including prolonged pain and lameness.
3. From CourierPostOnline.com February 1, 2003 stated that 80% of cats who are declawed and surrendered to a shelter are euthanized for behavior problems.2
The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, is against declawing because of “future behavioral or physical effects.”3
If declawing a cat was a good thing for the cat, I feel sure the CFA would be promoting it.
The first principal of veterinary medicine is to consider the needs of the patient to relieve disease, suffering or disability while minimizing pain or fear4.
To do otherwise is wrong. They should stop doing procedures that are considered unethical in other countries. To tell a client you care for an animal and then turn around and offer declawing insults the clients intelligence.
I can’t wait for the convention next year Michael. You may want to invest in a roll of duct tape for my mouth! In case you haven’t heard I’m a little bossy at times and tend to stick my foot in my mouth on a regular basis.
I guess I just needed to vent a little. I knew the veterinarians in the United States had a little performance going on in convincing cat owners the surgery is necessary. I just didn’t realize how far-fetched their lies could get.
I’m going to stop now. I think I’ve spoken my peace and hopefully educated a few readers who may be considering laser declawing. DON’T DO IT!!
4. URL no longer works March 2013.