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If you saw your child scribbling on the wall would you immediately grab the telephone and book her in for the ends of her fingers to be amputated? Surely not!

Yet that is the reaction of some people if their cat uses the wall for exercise and for marking his territory.

What is an indoor cat to do if he is in the wrong for using the wall or the furniture?

He needs to use his claws somewhere, scratching is NOT bad behaviour, it’s necessary behaviour to keep him healthy and happy.

Although indoor/outdoor cats need scratching posts too, they can at least scratch outdoors, on trees and fences, as is natural to cats.

Who can blame an indoor only cat for following his natural instincts and using whatever is available for scratching?

Just like children, cats can be very easily taught by patience, kindness and distraction what is acceptable behaviour in their home. So please, anyone thinking about having your cat declawed


and think that instead of causing your cat pain and a lifetime of disablement, how much kinder it would be to give him what he needs to be a contented member of your family.

That surely isn’t too much effort, to have a happy healthy cat!

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Sep 29, 2010 Educational leaflets
by: Ruth

It would take someone over there with plenty of paper and inks and time to print off and make up leaflets. If anyone can do it they are very welcome to any of my declawing posters.

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Sep 29, 2010 Good idea
by: Barbara

That is a very good idea (
for once I agree with an anonymous poster) because the posters so easily illustrate the point without a lot of reading people sitting in waiting rooms etc could see and digest the message in less than a minute. Imagine a leaflet with one of these on the front, it really draws your eye because of the colours. Mostly I am glad I don’t live in the US because I couldn’t bear to see the reality of declawing daily, but just sometimes, like now, I wish I was there to get out and circulate this stuff, in libraries and shelters as Maggie suggests and on street stalls.

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Sep 28, 2010 Good idea
by: Maggie

I really like Anonymous’s leaflet idea. And I think we’d be unwise to ignore it.

If we could find animal hospitals in the US who already do NOT declaw, then purhaps they could help with getting the leaflets out to the general public of America. They could be put in libraries, rescue shelters, and other places like that too.

Sep 28, 2010 Leaflets
by: Anonymous

The posters of pictures about de-clawing need to be made into a booklet to educate young people who don’t have the internet.

Sep 28, 2010 Leaflets
by: Anonymous

The posters of pictures about de-clawing need to be made into a booklet to educate young people who don’t have the internet.

Sep 27, 2010 Foot binding
by: Carol

Yes it’s as cruel as foot binding and as crippling and painful for cats as it is for those poor girls.
I don’t know how some people are so blind as to not see that both those things are abuse.
Girls and cats walking on wounded feet,it’s so needless.

Sep 24, 2010 Foot binding and declawing
by: Ruth

Hi Sandra, I agree with you there.
My sister wrote a very good blog about the similarity of foot binding and declawing.
You can read it here:

Vets who declaw put making money above a cats health and happiness.To me that is evil !

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Sep 24, 2010 Barbaric
by: Sandra Middleton, Sydney, NSW, Australia

I think that declawing a cat is in line with the cruelty that used to be done to Chinese women when they bound up their feet and they could barely walk. It is totally inhuman and barbaric and I do not believe that any vet who truly cares about an animal would ever do such a terrible thing to a precious cat, leaving it to live a life of misery, not even able to scratch itself if it had a flea.

Sep 24, 2010 Posters
by: Michael

Hi, I am working with Ruth to produce a children’s corner to PoC using her posters to educate about the cat generally. I agree they should be used and they are.

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Sep 21, 2010 good
by: Kathryn

That sounds interesting Ruth.
Your posters really are too good to waste.

Sep 21, 2010 Thank you
by: Ruth

Thank you everyone,I do appreciate your comments very much.
There may be plans for my posters and I’ll be thrilled if they help educate children about cats and especially about the cruelty of declawing.

Sep 20, 2010 Another good one
by: Kathryn

Your blogs don’t actually need words Ruth,the pictures say it all.
These pictures must be used in some way for educational purposes,they are far too good to be looked at and forgotten.

Sep 19, 2010 Perfect Analogy
by: Kathleen

I think something like this could work very nicely on a T-shirt, too! 🙂 The concept would also make a great PSA in a forum such as YouTube- what do you think?

Sep 19, 2010 Great
by: Rose

As always a great write up and amazing poster.
I agree with the others,these need to be seen by more people and especially younger ones.
It would be interesting to know just how many people read these pages but don’t bother to comment.
At the end of the day,all that matters though is the hope that your work is saving cats toes.

Sep 18, 2010 Yes
by: Fran

Michele is right,your posters should be used for educational purposes.
They are attractive and easy to understand while still getting the message across about the horror of declawing.
So come on Americans … use them.

Sep 18, 2010 Well said
by: Leah (England)

I agree with Michele! Your posters are so educational! I don’t know how you think them up either! They would be an amazing tool in getting the message across in schools.

What about the teen groups against animal cruelty? Perhaps they could do something?

If we could make headway with the younger generation they could start to educate their peers for a change instead of this pathetic attitude of ‘we’ve always had our cats de-clawed’ Just because somethings always been allowed doesn’t make it right. Look at the old law of being able to beat your wife with a stick provided the stick was no wider that your thumb? Or rape within marriage was fine until not that many years ago? There are some things in life that have to be canged as we (supposedly become more civilised) unless you live in the states or Canada where its fine to de-claw, de-vocalise and even shoot videos of appalling acts of animal cruelty because not to would be a violation of human rights. I will never ever get my head around any of this. So many have their heads wedged so firmly up their backsides to drown out the truth its just unreal.

Ruth so sorry to harp on. Your article is (as always) brilliant. Well done! Leah x

Sep 17, 2010 Well said
by: Michele S.

Ruth, your blogs would make excellent educational posters for use in schools and rescue organisations. I’d love to see them reach a wider audience because I really believe they would be very effective at making people stop to think about what declawing really means.

Sep 17, 2010 Another great one
by: Edward

I love your posters Ruth and I think theyd get the message across even if you didnt write anything below.
I dont know how you think them all up.
Keep on with the good work.

Sep 17, 2010 Right on Ruth!
by: Barbara

This is exactly what is needed it is so simple and yet it escapes most people, why would they want to disfigure a cat for doing something that she is programmed to do and yet indulge their offspring in all sorts of naughtiness. If they would sit down and THINK about what they are proposing to do instead of rushing blindly to avail themselves of the evil services of bent vets they might just realise what a devastating thing declawing is. Well done once again Ruth, I know you will never give up until declawing is banned!

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Sep 17, 2010 what a fantastic way to show how futile and cruel de-clawing is…
by: pamela marshall

Well! Ruthy has done it again….
Well done! What a lovely way to show a good comparison, and to prove just how cruel de-clawing is!The graphics are cleverly used to prove a very good point, and make the message very clear, how disabling, painful and permanant de-clawing is…
I hope this will make a huge difference and help de-clawing to be banned globally.

Sep 16, 2010 Cats and Children
by: Maggie

Another wonderful article, Ruth! This one needs to be read very carefully by some pro declaws. Because we’ve all heard the excuse “the cat will scratch my baby’s eyes out”. Well, surely if you’re cruel enough to mutilate a cat, then there’s no way on earth you’d be fit enough to raise children!

There is proof that people who abuse animals are more likely to also abuse people. So what’s to say that, after abusing their cat through declawing, someone wouldn’t abuse their children…

Thanks for this article, Ruth. It gives one a lot to think about.

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