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Can a cat rescue organization be a genuine shelter if they declaw cats? — 17 Comments

  1. Declawing isn’t cheap and the money they are wasting on it, could be spent on surgery or treatments which actually help a sick animal get better.

  2. Not only is it wrong for rescues or shelters to promote declawing, but how much money are they spending on this unnecessary surgery, which could be better spent elsewhere.

  3. Sadly, they’re driven by what they believe will make kits more adoptable. They’re out of touch with the current Paws Project movement. Hopefully, someone will enlighten them.

  4. The AVMA is toothless, spineless , and qualifies as lily-livered. When confronted, they claim that declawing will keep cats in their homes. We all know that is bunk! Just ask the shelters.

    I agree that a shelter can not be used to describe any organization that declaws cats/kittens. Unnecessary amputation is definitely torture that lasts a life time. Just think of all those cats whose owners won’t take them to the vet for yearly paw x-rays that check for problems from the declaw surgery.

    To insist that these kittens must be 100% indoor cats is naive. I know that there are a huge number of declawed cats rescued from the streets and country sides where the owners either let them out or tossed them out, usually for behavioral issues resulting from the declaw surgery. Most of them are starving to death because they can’t catch food. The rest have been injured because they can’t even climb trees to get out of harms way.

    These “shelters” need to either stop declawing or close their doors! End of story!

    Maybe we should get human amputees to stand up for these poor kitties. Maybe then, people would listen to us about declawing?

    • It is quite possible that because Wags and Whiskers is run by a veterinarian and a vet tech who work at the Allen Animal Hospital, they are promoting declawing to increase revenue at the vet clinic. If this is the case, SHAME ON THEM!!!

  5. I might add that probably many people are unaware of what declawing really means. A rescue organisation should know though. Shame on them. How to educate people??

  6. I agree whole heartedly Michael, it’s terrible that a shelter is ‘advertising’ the declawing of kittens, as if it’s a good thing. They may think that the kittens will be more adoptable if declawed, because people want a cat but not all the inconviences attached, e.g. claws equal damaged furniture. Material possessions are more important to them. As we know, cats require some attention, but often a culture of laziness pervades. I don’t know why people think this way – the best solution for possible scratching is to cut off the toes?? My cats have always been indoor cats, and I clip their nails regularly. They also have scratching posts. They do not scratch people! I still have had a little bit of damage to furniture, but I guess I like real live cats better than furniture! I have friends with outdoor cats and they also have some problems with scratching indoors. Here in Australia declawing is illegal, thank goodness!

  7. I agree that this is abuse and they shouldn’t call themselves a shelter. I also agree with the above comment that if you’re too lazy to clip your cats nails and want them declawed instead then you don’t deserve to have a cat.

  8. De-clawing is not what it appears, from the words. The claws aren’t the only part that’s removed. It’s not just “nail clipping”. It’s the entire first joint of the toes, as Michael has posted somewhere here that shows a diagram.

    Imagine all your fingers being cut off at the 2nd knuckle! How would that affect your life? Would those parts of your fingers grow back?

    There are many potential problems with this barbaric practice, and to see an organization like this doing it as a routine is mind blowing. What can we do? There may already be a petition. Does anyone know?

    • I’m also wondering if there is a petition. I agree- I find it outrageous that declawing is part of their routine procedures.

  9. Nope, they’re not a shelter. Declawing cats causes more problems than it solves. It’s painful and abusive to the animal. If someone pulled all ten of my fingernails I’d be extremely ticked off too. Cats feel the same way. Declawed cats are defenseless, so they turn to the only other defense they have left, their teeth. They bite. It’s a sure bet that some of those declawed cats from Wags and Whiskers will end up right back in a shelter because of that.

    Declawing causes more problems than it solves, and the problems aren’t really problems in the first place. Dealing with a cat’s claws is part of the territory. A person too lazy to clip claws and provide scratching posts shouldn’t have a cat in the first place. Declawing is beneficial, all right–for the lazy human.

    And then too, there’s the basic problem with that process: if the process is done incorrectly, sometimes the claws grow back. What then?

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