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Anti-declaw education – get involved — 12 Comments

  1. I have as form letter for anyone in the US to send their local legislatures, if the site owner would please get back with me I can email the file and you can post it. Thank you.

  2. Here is the letter.

    Dear Editor:

    This is a subject that is not addressed as it should be. It is about the common but harmful practice of declawing cats. The following is a list of reasons why this brutal practice needs to be stopped.

    “Declawing” is not an accurate name. It is an amputation of the cat’s toes up to the last joint. Declawing is extremely painful. Cats have been known to show pain for months after surgery, sometimes for life.

    Knowing they cannot defend themselves, declawed cats are more likely to bite than cats with claws, according to many feline behaviorists. Many declawed cats will not use the litter box.

    If they ever get outside, declawed cats are much less likely to survive than cats that have claws. Declawing does not keep cats from being abandoned and surrendered to shelters. Many declawed cats are sitting in shelters.

    Declawing is illegal in many countries, and a few towns in the United States. An increasing number of veterinarians refuse to declaw cats, seeing the damage it does.

    Cats can easily be trained to use scratching posts instead of the furniture. Their nails can be trimmed and if need be, Soft Paws (vinyl caps that are glued onto the cat’s nails) can be used until Kitty is trustworthy.

    Cats also should not be declawed to prevent them from scratching someone. Cats can and should be trained to keep their claws to themselves. Declawed cats are more likely to bite, and cat bites are said to be more likely to get infected than scratches.

    Esther Williams (Temple, GA)

    • Hi Esther. Well done. I’d like to see the letter. Can you scan it and upload it? That may be too tricky to do. You can upload pictures to comments.

      Nice to hear from you again. I’d love to think of something really clever and imaginative to try and rekindle the interest in the anti-declaw movement.

      It is difficult. As long as vets do it, I don’t see change coming in a hurry. Vets have got to be stopped.

      When I think about declawing it is almost unbelievable that it happens in North America. It is so obviously out of step with decent behavior and shows a dark side to American culture as far as I am concerned.

  3. Good for you Esther, I wish more people would join us and be active like you are, because education is the only way declawing is ever going to be stopped.
    We in other countries can help in the battle via the internet but it does need people right there on the spot where this legalised abuse is happening.
    You are welcome to use any of my anti declaw posters and bookmarks, they are especially easy to print off and make and leave lying around where the public go, popped into library books, put in with cards and letters to friends and contacts….
    One day declawing will be banned thanks to people like YOU 🙂

  4. These are all great ideas – I’m assuming you are in the US? Thanks to people like you things are changing slowly but still changing.

  5. Hi Esther. Thanks for visiting and making these good suggestions. We are making progress thanks to people like you, me, the Ruths and all the regular visitors to PoC and many people in America.

    Sadly, there are still a lot of cat owners and vets who think declawing is just fine. As you imply, the change will be slow because it is a culture problem. It’s an aberration.

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