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Why is Declawing Illegal in the UK? — 13 Comments

  1. There is an answer for Cat’s claws. Do not get a cat if you don’t want the Claws. It’s really easy. Cats have claws and Dogs have tails. If you cant live with the whole animal then don’t get one.

  2. I don’t know guys. I got my 2 cats declawed, because we were going to be living in an apartment in Korea, and we were using government owned furniture (brand new mind you) that we would have to replace if damaged. They are fine, still knead, still can climb, walk normally, and no personality changes. We just took in a stray that we found out has FIV, so has to be an indoors cat anyway, and though we haven’t declawed him yet, we are considering it. And, yes, we understand he could transmit the disease to the other cats, but love him and can’t give him up. We were told he would likely be put down at an animal shelter and most people wouldn’t keep an FIV cat. We want to give him a long happy life, and being forced to live indoors, he really has no reason to have his claws to protect himself. And declawed cats can still hunt, my other cats are proof!

    • I understand your argument. And I sympathise. However, ultimately, at the end of the day, declawing is mass amputation (ten digits partially amputated) for the convenience of the person and it is therefore immoral. That is my view. I don’t expect you to agree but thanks for visiting and sharing.

  3. Declawing cats has been illegal in Australia all my life. Both cat owner and veterinarians can receive fines for declawing a cat for reasons other than medical or trauma.

    • Great. Now the Australians should learn to deal with the feral cat, that they created, more humanely. Please stop shooting at the feral cat.

      • I kept a feral cat, in Scotland. It came with the cottage I rented. it was a calico, and was named such by me. At first, Calico was truly feral; she fed herself, slept outdoors, and only came in the cottage occasionally if I left the door open. After a year or so, I noticed she was getting thin and plainly was no longer up to chasing her own food due to some illness. I started to supplement her diet by offering her some cat food when she was indoors, which was gratefully accepted. Her health immediately improved, along with her hunting skills. From then on, she was my constant companion. She was the best mouser I ever witnessed. She loved me madly, and would climb up my trousers, or jump on me every time I ever sat down, to put her nose two inches from mine whilst sat on my chest. She ruined every pair of trousers and every shirt I ever possessed, and left hairs on all my furniture, but never would I have even dreamed of having her declawed, even if it WERE legal in the UK. A horrendously cruel option. It must be banned worldwide.

        • Thanks Mark for a beautiful comment. Great story too. I love the gradual transformation. She was unable to fend for herself and you stepped in and she was very grateful. Lovely relationship. I am pleased that you hate declawing as much as I do. God I hate it. It makes me angry. I’d like to do violence against those engaged in it.

  4. Many true cat lovers in the USA and Canada who are anti declaw are jealous of our Animal Welfare Bill because if the same bill was passed in their countries, declawing would have to stop immediately.
    The people who say they are cat lovers and against declawing but don’t want another law passed as they have too many laws already are very selfish because it’s the only way it will be stopped. If they truly did love cats then they would agree to anything to end the mutilation of them.
    How do those declaw vets live with their conscience? They knowingly break their oath to cause no animal to suffer and justify it with the ridiculous excuse (and untruth) that it keeps cats in their homes, that they don’t declaw to make money.
    I don’t know of any vet who would ever have declawed a cat here in the UK before it was illegal to do so, it is disgraceful that a law to stop it happening in the USA and Canada should be necessary, vets are supposed to be there to help animals, not to please clients, nor to make money.
    Well they don’t like it that we true cat lovers from all countries campaign for a ban and spread the truth and save as many cats claws as we can, but tough, we will go on dong that for as long as it takes to get that cruelty banned.

  5. There isn’t a lot to be proud of in the UK at the moment as far as I can see, except for our Animal Welfare Bill!!!!!

  6. I find that the best way to get things done in the states is a Facebook/Twitter/Cat-Blog/(I’ll add Pinterest, since it’s going to be the next Twitter)campaign. I marvel at how quickly the raw food craze took root. It was a matter of a few months and now it’s considered uncouth to do anything but in some circle (for both cats and dogs). I guess I better get started. 🙂

    • Get started Dan! What would give me the greatest pleasure in a very long time is a change in the Aniamal Welfare laws of the USA to make declawing illegal. At the same time it would raise the image of the USA in the eyes of animal lovers worldwide.

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