Increasingly cat shelters and rehoming services and organisations are shunning declawing because of what it is: an a necessary mutilation of a domestic cat which is far more than simply declawing. It leaves the cat very often with behavioural and psychological problems. It means they bite more. It means that babies are not necessarily safe around the domestic cat. They become less of a domestic cat. There are numerous issues to discuss; far more than veterinarians discuss with their clients. The shelters are re-educating people as well as rehoming cats. They are providing a vital service to the American public. They chip away at what I would describe it as institutionalised assaults on the domestic cat in very large numbers. It must stop.
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