For more details, see this article from HSUS.
Newfoundland and Labrador has also passed a resolution against declawing surgery, which will be effective as of January 1, Israel[ edit ] In Israelthe Knesset Education Committee voted unanimously to send a bill banning the declawing of cats not for medical reasons.
The bill has passed second and third readings on November 28,effectively making declawing a criminal offense with penalty of 1 year in prison or a fine of 75, Shekels. Austria[ edit ] In Austriathe Federal Act on the Protection of Animals, in Section 7, states, surgical procedures "carried out for other than therapeutic or diagnostic purposes The procedure was considered cruel by almost all British vetswho refused to perform it except on medical grounds.
The Guide to Professional Conduct of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons stated that declawing was "only acceptable where, in the opinion of the veterinary surgeon, injury to the animal is likely to occur during normal activity. It is not acceptable if carried out for the convenience of the owner It did not directly address declawing as an animal welfare issue.
However, the law's effective date, January 1,provided enough time for seven more California cities to pass local bans against the declawing of domestic cats: DenverColorado approved the first ban on declawing in a U. These surveys also suggest that the U. On the other hand, the American Veterinary Medical Association states that declawing "should be considered only after attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively or when its clawing presents a zoonotic risk for its owner s.
Without the ability to expose its claws, the cat is unable to wear down or groom its claws.
For this reason, the cat subsequently requires regular nail clippings to prevent its claws from growing into its paw pads. A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association comparing cats undergoing onychectomy to cats undergoing tendonectomy found that, although the cats undergoing tendonectomy appeared to suffer less pain immediately post-operatively, there was no significant difference in postoperative lameness, bleeding, or infection between the two groups.
Gary Landsberg, "For most cats, appropriate client advice and a little effort is all that is needed to prevent scratching problems.Cat Scratching Solutions by a Veterinarian. Lesson 3: Why Do Cats Scratch?
More to the point, why do they scratch your prized possessions? Amby's DECLAWING CATS: Issues & Alternatives includes factual information and training suggestions; how to trim nails and build scratching posts. Declawing is not merely the trimming of the claws. It is the surgical removal of the claws which are closely adhered to the bone.
In order to remove the claw and prevent its regrowth (which sometimes results from incomplete removal), the entire first joint of each of the cat's toe is amputated.
If there’s a veterinary “procedure” that tends to gets people all wiggly, it might be the declawing of domestic cats.
Declawing is the amputation of a cat’s toes (with scalpel, laser, or even with claw clippers), usually performed to prevent furniture scratching. Onychectomy, popularly known as declawing, is an operation to remove an animal's claws surgically by means of the amputation of all or part of the distal phalanges, or end bones, of the animal's toes.
Because the claw develops from germinal tissue within the third phalanx, amputation of the bone is necessary to fully remove the claw. Declawing: What you need to know. Detailed, Factual, In-depth, information to educate you in your decision.