Veterinarians Are Lying About Declawing!

Morning readers. You’ll notice I didn’t say good today. I’d planned to just read a little on the new laser declawing technique that’s being shoved down the throats of the ignorant cat owner. It turned into another article. Because veterinarians are LYING about declawing.

I can’t believe what I’m reading. I realize Michael has covered this in several articles, but I just have to jump into this. As soon as I read the word “myth” my blood pressure doubled. By the time you’ve read my whole article, you’ll understand why I’m getting ill.

I hate liars. Especially when they have Dr. in front of their name! Liars tend to put me in a very bad mood.

I really hate how this new laser declawing technique is being promoted. The veterinarians are telling the cat owners that most of what they’ve read on declawing being bad is anything from a lie to a myth. I can’t believe they’re using these lies as a selling point to mutilate helpless cats. How can they call it a “myth” when there is plenty of evidence to show how harmful declawing really is?

So I got off of the “laser” path and jumped into researching “myth” vs. “real life.”

Take a look at this reference (new window). It’s the first one I pulled in researching this article.

This goes against everything we know about the horrors of declawing. Here are the declawing issues the veterinarians are calling “myths.”

1. Behavior changes. The veterinarians are telling cat owners that declawed cats are friendlier after the surgery than prior to surgery.

2. The veterinarians are claiming declawed cats can climb trees. The cats may be a little slower at it-but the ability to climb isn’t destroyed by removing the front claws. Yea-right. They ought to be ashamed of themselves!

3. Declawing doesn’t lessen hunting skills. How can anyone believe this? My cat has accidentally had his claws out a few times while using me as a human diving board and I can tell you those claws hurt. I can imagine how they’d feel to a cats “prey.” It’s not just the ability to hold the prey, it’s the pain caused when a cat digs in with all of the claws.

4. Declawed cats DO NOT BITE. These vets convince the surgical candidates family that declawed cats don’t realize they have no claws, but the chance of biting is no greater than before declawing. Apparently someone hasn’t let the declawed cats out there in on this myth. The people I’ve talked to all agree with me that cats without claws use their teeth since it’s the only defense left to them.

5. Post surgery the cat will have sore feet but should be completely back to normal within 2 weeks.

6. Veterinarians claim it’s a myth concerning refusing to use a litter box after declawing.

I won’t even comment on the last two because we know #5 and #6 are a cats worst nightmare.

Two useful tags. Click either to see the articles:- Toxic to cats | Dangers to cats

Most of these “studies” used to debunk the so called myths took place post surgery anywhere from a few hours to a few days. They were not long term enough to be accurate. There have been at least 9 studies showing that behavioral problems are much more common in declawed cats.

Where are they getting their “facts” from? Are they making this up as they go along? I guess anything to make a dollar. And as I suspected, this is being offered along with a “spay/neuter” package deal.

This is especially true to those living in the United States. Cat owners, I beg you to read this and pass it on to your cat loving friends. Do NOT let these sleazy veterinarians convince you that it’s the right thing to do for your cat. I’m afraid with the new laser method the number of surgeries performed will increase in the United States.

The veterinarians hide behind fancy words like “scientific studies” and “control groups.”1. Don’t ever forget they’re making money for your cats misery!

I’d really like to address myth #1 listed above about declawed cats being friendlier after surgery. I believe the so-called “friendliness” is actually fear experienced by the cat. The poor creature is probably afraid it’s about to die and bonding more closely to the misinformed owner who has put the poor feline through this. I hope my readers understand my meaning of this. Compare it to a very sick child wanting mommy. The post surgical cat is in agony, terrified and confused on why this pain is being inflicted on him/her.

If these are all “myths,” then I’d like to present a few “facts.”

1. Approximately 70% of cats turned into shelters for “behavioral problems” are declawed.

2. July/August 1994 Journal of Veterinary Surgery showed that 50% of declawed cats suffered from LONG TERM complications including prolonged pain and lameness.

3. From February 1, 2003 stated that 80% of cats who are declawed and surrendered to a shelter are euthanized for behavior problems.2

The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, is against declawing because of “future behavioral or physical effects.”3

If declawing a cat was a good thing for the cat, I feel sure the CFA would be promoting it.

The first principal of veterinary medicine is to consider the needs of the patient to relieve disease, suffering or disability while minimizing pain or fear4.

To do otherwise is wrong. They should stop doing procedures that are considered unethical in other countries. To tell a client you care for an animal and then turn around and offer declawing insults the clients intelligence.

I can’t wait for the convention next year Michael. You may want to invest in a roll of duct tape for my mouth! In case you haven’t heard I’m a little bossy at times and tend to stick my foot in my mouth on a regular basis.

I guess I just needed to vent a little. I knew the veterinarians in the United States had a little performance going on in convincing cat owners the surgery is necessary. I just didn’t realize how far-fetched their lies could get.

I’m going to stop now. I think I’ve spoken my peace and hopefully educated a few readers who may be considering laser declawing. DON’T DO IT!!


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Sep 16, 2010
You are right Leah
by: Ruth

People just roll over and let those declawing butchers get away with the damage they do.
Time after time we’ve heard of botched declaws which have left cats limping for life,cats sent home in pitiful states after the surgery, etc etc.
We always urge those people to complain to those vets, to the AVMA and to Animal Welfare societies too, but as far as I know they never do.
So those vets get away with purposefully crippling those cats and happily carry on mutilating and crippling more cats every day.
Bad enough millions of cats suffering from being declawed and having the usual problems which develop over time from the operation, but even worse the cats in pain from the moment they wake up from the amputations and for the rest of their lives and no one complains on their behalf.
Those vets know declawing is wrong, they know it’s cruel,but they are still laughing all the way to the bank.

Sep 13, 2010
No surprise there
by: Leah

This is nasty war and lets face it they are bound to try and fight back with dirty tactics so this sort of propaganda doesn’t surprise me; they are the scum of the earth. What does surprise me though is just how stupid you would have to be to believe that a cat with no claws can climb a tree.

As for the AVMA; they are nothing but a toothless tiger; a complete waste of space in my opinion. If anything can be said though it does appear that we are making inroads; we are making the vets sweat; forcing them to resort to even more lies and deceit. They can’t keep it up forever though so I just hope one day America and Canada will wake up and realise the true horror of whats been going on for generations.

One thing I can’t understand is why when someone finds out the truth; that they have been lied to by their vet why do they just roll over and take it? What aren’t they sueing the pants off them for malpractice and misappropriation of the truth? I’d be so dammed furious I’d make them pay, I’d send them to hell and back. But there again I wouldn’t so stupid as to believe them in the first place.

Sep 12, 2010
Facts (by a good vet )
by: Ruth

Fact: There are many potential medical complications of declawing. Documented short- and long-term physical complications include:
Hemorrhage (bleeding)
Laceration of the paw pads
Reluctance to bear weight on affected limbs
Neuropraxia (transient motor paralysis)
Radial nerve damage
Tissue necrosis
Wound dehiscence (re-opening of surgical site)
Incomplete healing
Protrusion of 2nd phalanx (middle finger bone)
Claw regrowth
Scurs (growth of deformed claw segments)
Retention of flexor process of last bone (3rd phalanx)
Chronic draining tracts
Palmigrade stance (walking on wrists)
Chronic intermittent lameness
Chronic pain syndrome
Flexor tendon contracture
Cystitis (bladder infection associated with stress)
Fact: Many studies show that complications are extremely common.

Sep 12, 2010
Veterinarians lying about declawing
by: Anonymous

Tell us something new.

Sep 11, 2010
Still trying to digest
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

I’m still trying to digest how anyone can say declawing gave them a “better” cat. My networking friend is probably recommending this vet to all of her friends. It’s crazy.

My cat had his nails trimmed when he was neutered and even a trim kept him from jumping around the room as he normally did. We use a pedipaws on him now when he needs it and he just lays back in my daughters lap until she’s done with his “pedicure.”

Sep 11, 2010
Stretching out
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Just an hour ago 16 year old Milly was working one of the scratch poles. 10 year old Snow White was watching with interest and the moment Milly had finished, she took over. Our two old girls really enjoy this opportunity to strech out and I just can’t imagine how cats without claws do fare.
Thank god declawing is is against the law here in Denmark – and nobody here would ever dream of changing that. For some reason European cats have no need for declawing. What makes their American cousins so different?
Instead of putting your cat through painful mutilation, why don’t you get a scratch board?
Also see ‘More cat scratching advice’ here on the site.

Finn Frode avatar


Sep 11, 2010
by: Jo Singer

This is an excellent piece, and so clearly illustrates the lies and deception which unscruplous vets keep on churning out to get that mighty dollar.

It is so hard to believe that any of these vets actually believe their own lies. If they think they are doing “good” they know nothing about feline anatomy and the danger in which they put these beautiful aniamls. It doesn’t make sense at all.

Thank goodness there are vets here in the USA that are spreading the truth and being honest. My vet won’t do them! AND her staff totally is allowed to share the information with people who call her clinic to inquire about the surgery. They sure give these folks an earful of the truth. Most of them gasp and say that had no idea, and would not ever do it to their cats, and thank them.

I will be sending a link to this article to my vet. I am sure she will be thrilled to read it. By the way, I adore her! She is wonderful.

Again, many thanks:)


Sep 11, 2010
by: Sue

Well done Elisa.
Although there are a lot of very well written articles about declawing here on PoC before you joined us,you certainly have brought a lot more Americans along with you and I sincerely hope they stay the distance.
Sadly so many in your country have got disheartened over the 2 years we UK troops have been helping fight this war.
Yes WAR as it IS war.
It is war on those people who masquerade as vets. It is war on those people who condone their cruelty by patronising them and filling up their bank accounts which they top up with blood money from crippling cats daily without a second thought.
This unspeakable abuse MUST BE STOPPED.

Sep 11, 2010
More pages
by: Fran

Here is another good page on PoC for newcomers who have come along with Elisa:

Complications Of Declawing

and here is the stark reality:

Recently Declawed Cat Pictures

Lots more page here covering the subject in words and pictures from all angles,how much more will it take to convince the entire USA and Canada that this is the very worst kind of cat abuse there is.

Sep 11, 2010
Boycott declaw vets
by: CJ

All of you who know the truth BOYCOTT all declaw vets.
Let those money grabbing cold hearted butchers see you won’t stand for this cruelty any longer.
Shout about it from your rooftops to everyone you know.

Sep 11, 2010
Veterinarians Are Lying About Declawing!
by: BJ

Vets that lie about declawing are more interested in making money, they don’t care that the cat suffers. They should be listed with the Better Buisness Bureau, so people can check them out before taking their pets to them.

I have never had a cat that scratched up the furniture, although my cats always had a cat door to go in and out. They sharpened their claws on trees in the backyard. I know people that have had their cats declawed and I know for a fact, that they bite if someone especially kids pick on them. They also could not climb a tree because I have seen them try. It also affects their jumping, running, and they have problems with the litter box.

Sep 11, 2010
To Elisa
by: Ruth

Your networking friend will never be convinced and that’s why declawing must be banned.
She is an example of a person who should not have the pleasure of cats in their homes because she obviously thinks scratching is bad behaviour, whereas any true cat lover knows scratching is necessary behaviour.
There is no such thing as a bad cat but there are bad cat caretakers and anyone who will have their cats toe ends amputated, by whichever way at all it is done, is exactly that !
It’s so very easy to provide scratching posts and pads and to teach cats to use them, rather than selfishly,lazily and cruelly have the cat disabled instead.
Laser surgery is not without pain and it still disables cats, they still face the physical and mental problems caused by any method of declawing.
They still have to live a life without exercising as cats need to.
People like your friend see only what they want to see.
Anyone who can look at those pictures of recently declawed cats and still say it’s acceptable should not be allowed within a hundred miles of any cat.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth

Sep 11, 2010
Shelters too
by: Ruth

You only need to look at,choose a place, eg:Cincinnati,OH then choose cat …choose 100 miles….tick declawed…look at the ages !!!!
Then tick baby and have your heart broken…
One example
Tabby and Tiger, one male, one female, DSH, 9 weeks old. All kittens will be front declawed, spayed or neutered, tested for Felv/FIV, vaccinated and dewormed prior to adoption.

So much for declawing being a last resort procedure ! Some Shelters are actively encouraging declawing the same as are many vets.

Spend a while on that site at various places and see exactly what we are up against.
I’m just glad more USA people are on board now and a demonstration being arranged to spread the word about this legalised cat abuse.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth


Sep 11, 2010
by: Chris H.

I’m curious about what the vet told her was involved, given that at least 70% of cat owners would choose not to proceed if they knew the facts.

If she reviewed Dr. Hofve’s “Declawing and Science” article for all the reasons it should be banned, can’t she see how unethically the majority of vets AND their association behave?

If the vet didn’t show her how to trim her cats’ claws & recommend scratching posts, etc, the vet could be trying to get more money out of her by getting her to declaw the cats. Shouldn’t the nails be trimmed about once a week?

She still won’t know what the future holds as far as painful arthritis & joint misalignment & the accompanying litter box problems caused by declawing.

When you ask around (in Canada & the US), you will always find people who’ve either re-homed or adopted a cat from friends because it didn’t get along with the kids or other cats. Further questioning usually reveals the cats have been declawed. No one is keeping track of these declawing victims, which is why I believe that it’s possible more than 33% of declawed cats have problems after their digits are cut off. I believe most vets will euthanize an animal, no questions asked, too. You definitely won’t get any data there.

Until it is mandatory to gather, report and share such data, I guess we’ll have to go on the statistics we have, or conduct our own polls.

Sep 10, 2010
What do you say?
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

I just had an email from one of my networking friends who has 7 cats. She had 5 of them declawed using the laser. She wrote me that they healed quickly with no problems. The 2 she didn’t have declawed damaged her furniture. How do you convince someone like her that declawing is bad when they’re had no problems? Have any of you ever come across anything like this?

Sep 10, 2010
Yes They Are
by: Kathleen

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Elisa. The home page on this site indicates these vets are in Los Angeles, which makes this doubly disturbing. It seems to me that vets are now trying to undermine efforts to educate the public by claiming that those of us who are against declawing exaggerate or distort the facts. However, I have yet to see any claims by the pro-claw side that aggression, housesoiling, and other behavior problems will occur in EVERY single declawed cat. Rather, we are trying to show the public that these problems occur far more often than vets are telling and at a higher degree of risk than most people would be likely to find acceptable if they were made aware.

Sep 10, 2010
by: Anonymous

cat declawing is inhumane any way you look at it and any way you do it!!!!

Sep 10, 2010
Vet Association & Vets Unethical
by: Chris H.

Thank you, Elisa.
I totally agree. The behaviour of these vets is unethical and unacceptable. They don’t even follow their own policies!
The AVMA does nothing to discourage this behaviour and not enough vets are speaking out about it; this tarnishes the whole profession.
The conclusion must be that the AVMA and any other vet association that doesn’t enforce their own policies is unethical.
Rescue groups, municipal shelters, taxpayers, clients who are victims, and ethical vets who understand and want to see the policies enforced NEED to speak out and STOP THIS UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR!

Sep 10, 2010
More pages
by: Edward


Heres a couple more pages my auntie wrote man about laser declaw anyone new might like to read as well and take a look at the pictures.
Ed .

Sep 10, 2010
Thanks Elisa
by: Michael

Hi Elisa, thanks for fighting the good fight against vets in America (not all but most) who put profit before ethics.

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