Declawing is Premeditated Abuse
Too many kittens and cats are still being cheated of their rightful and very neccessary claws. I'm sure everyone visiting PoC knows by now that declawing is the wrong word for this cruel operation, that in fact it is the amputation of the last joint of the cats toes.
I think everyone also knows that cats need their claws for many purposes, grooming, walking, playing, self defence AND very important this, for exercise.
So why are people still able to go out and get a kitten knowing they will be able to have her declawed with no questions asked? This supposed to be last resort procedure is being offered by some vets in neuter/declaw packages and with discount vouchers for kittens which may have no scratching problems ever.
This encourages would be cat owners to be selfish and lazy, they don't even have to bother about teaching the kitten to use a scratching post or pad. These people are not fit to have cats in their homes.
Scratching is NOT bad behaviour, it is neccessary behaviour and all vets should be educating their clients as to this fact. They should be discouraging people from having their kittens declawed, not 'offering it on a plate' as they do!
People who know how cruel and wrong declawing is MUST NOT turn their backs on this terrible premeditated abuse of kittens and cats. They need to shout it from the rooftops, tell everyone they know, because even most people in other countries who don't much like cats are shocked at this daily abuse going on in the USA and Canada.
These cats can't help themselves, we MUST help them.