Many people trust their vet, sadly some are much mistaken in doing so. Taking a kitten for inoculations and advice about her health and welfare can be a good experience or a bad one.
A good vet will give the impression that she has all the time in the world, she will be gentle with the kitten,talk to her and soothe her, because for a tiny kitten, strange places and people must be very frightening.
Poster by Ruth
The kitten is the patient, not the family and a good vet will always put her patients first.
Maybe some vets who declaw cats do this but then they let themselves down badly by suggesting the client has their kitten declawed. Why would they do that rather than show the client how to trim the kittens claws? Every vet surely knows how to do that.
But what shocks me more is that it seems that some vets don’t even seem to know why claws are essential to a cat’s health. I’d have thought the anatomy of animals was one of the first things vet students learned. Therefore they must know that cats being digitigrade rely on their toe ends/claws to be able walk the way a cat walks.
They must know the structure of the claws enable the cat to dig them in and stretch her muscles for exercise. They must know that scratching is not bad behaviour, it is necessary behaviour.
So as they must know all these things, it can only be that they don’t care how declawing will affect the cat or that it can cause many problems.
Until quite recently their clients haven’t questioned them when they’ve suggested having a kitten declawed but now with so much information freely available those vets need to start answering questions.
Many people after finding out just what declawing means are annoyed at the vet who didn’t explain and are quite rightly changing vets. But that doesn’t help the many suffering declawed cats as it’s too late to save their toe ends.
Declaw vets need to admit how wrong they are and there is certainly plenty of evidence now to show they are wrong!
They need to begin educating their clients about the reasons why cats have claws and to give advice as to the alternatives of declawing. They need to stop advertising neuter/declaw packages and discounts on declawing and stick to the AVMA policy that declawing should be a last resort or they will never have the respect from cat lovers worldwide which non-declaw vets have.
The AVMA and the declaw vets are looked upon by many as money grabbers.
Only they can change that view of them and earn any respect.