American veterinarian criticises fellow vets for doing non-essential surgery such as declawing and tail docking

Dr Mike Petty DVM

Michael Petty DVM is a graduate of the veterinary school of Michigan State University. He owns the Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital. In an article which has been posted on Facebook, he criticises his fellow veterinarians for conducting non-essential surgery: cat declawing, dog tail docking and ear cropping. It is very rare for a veterinarian …

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New York State animal protection laws (with comments)

New York State animal protection laws

New York State’s animal protection laws are comprehensive and extensive which is unsurprising to me as it is one of just two US states which ban cat declawing (Aug 2023). The governing politicians are progressive. Because the law is extensive, I’ve focused on those parts that concern domestic cats and dogs together with other …

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Conflicting attitude to cat declawing by Cat Fanciers’ Association and American Cat Fanciers Association

Keiger and Exotic Long Hair

On the evidence provided by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) they allow declawed cats to compete at cat shows but not cats who have suffered the tendonectomy operation. There is a lot of disorganised and mashed information coming from American cat associations on cat declawing. Before I refer to that particular topic, you might …

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California is going to ban the declawing of cats for non-therapeutic purposes (God willing)

California Legislature

NEWS AND COMMENT-CALIFORNIA, USA: The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the legislature of California is debating a ban on declawing cats for non-therapeutic purposes. In other words, if this bill passes into law the citizens of California will no longer be able to take their cat to a veterinarian for the removal of their …

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Cat Paws

Cat paws

Cats are digitigrades3. The cat stands and walks on its digits, or toes. Digitigrades include cats, dogs, and most other mammals. Digitigrade animals generally move more quickly and more silently than other animals1.The forepaw and the hind paw both have five phalanges, of which four are functional (and carry weight) and one vestigial3 (definition of vestigial: …

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Canadian Veterinarians Shame Their American Counterparts

Canadian Veterinarians Shame Their American Counterparts

Canadian veterinarians have shamed American veterinarians by issuing a firm statement through their association, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, that they oppose the declawing of cats. It is an unqualified statement unlike that made by the AVMA which leaves the door open to declawing for non-therapeutic reasons because they leave the decision-making in the …

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Cat Health Problems

Domestic cat health - indoor versus indoor and outdoor lives

Note: the article is huge and has been split into many sections for technical reasons with links at the base of each section to the next. Cat health problems is a very large subject. Use Use Ctrl+F to search for text on this page. It saves time searching. Depress the keys together. A search …

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