Poster by Ruth
I was astonished to be informed that a new Facebook group had started with the title ’Declawing is not Cruel’. Their info page contains these words:
‘This is a group for all of those who understand the REAL truth about declawing, and not all the propaganda spouting from the mouths of fanatics and their ignorant followers.’
I’m afraid that they are the ones who don’t know the REAL truth about the cruelty of declawing or understand that far from being fanatics, we are simply cat lovers who have done much research on declawing and that they who condone the suffering of many cats are the ignorant ones, not us.
It says it all that the group only has 81 members, a far cry from the thousands of members of the facebook anti declaw groups.
Of those 81 members I think quite a few will be anti declaw people who have had to join to express their views.
The pro declaws dismiss on that group all the evidence that shows how painful and disabling declawing is and how many cats suffer dreadful consequences from it.
They dismiss the fact that Rescue Shelters have thousands of declawed cats relinquished to them for behavioural problems, that declawing does not save cats homes, that in fact it does just the opposite. They obviously have done no research so don’t know that thousands more declawed cats are killed at kill shelters or caged for life at no kill shelters, that because of problems from declawing many cats are unrehomable
They talk about their very important expensive furniture cats ‘shred’ yet I saw no mention of providing the cats with the scratching posts or pads they need !
They talk about cats being untrainable. Strange that seeing as many of us find our cats easily trainable to scratching posts. All it takes is time and patience.
There is no such creature as an untrainable cat.
There is no such creature as a bad cat, but there are bad cat caretakers who know very little about cats needs !
A comment on the page says that cats are happier without their claws, that they can and do scratch anywhere they want to. This person ignores the fact that the poor creatures are desperately trying to do what comes natural to them, that they need to scratch to stay healthy. That one day the chances are the cat will develop calluses from trying to scratch for the much exercise of digging in their claws to stretch their muscles to keep them strong and healthy!
They have either ignored or dismiss the X Ray proof given by eminent vets that declawing often causes painful arthritis and deformity in cats as they age.
I can’t see anywhere on that group that mentions how declawing is banned in many countries and some Californian Cities, as animal abuse.
I can’t see anywhere either that mentions declawing is supposed to be a last resort and that vets who encourage the declawing of kittens not only ignore the AVMA policy but break their oath to cause no animal to suffer.
I must admit though I haven’t looked too closely as reading the biased reasoning on there from supposed cat lovers is enough to make any TRUE cat lover’s blood run cold !
Go to the Facebook group
Declawing is Not Cruel – this link is broken at 2012! Maybe they gave in.