Resources on the declawing surgery, why it’s unnecessary, why landlords shouldn’t require it, how to help declawed cats, and more.

A Declawed Cat’s Story

Many, many thanks to our friend Barry for this saga. Unlike most pet parents and veterinarians, he was astute enough to truly see and understand what declawing has done to his adopted kitty, Spark. I asked him to share his experience to all of our readers, and we are proud to present it here. I have had pets my whole life. Most often that has been cats or dogs, but growing up on a farm I learned respect for all life. I take the responsibility of pets very seriously. I educate myself ...

2018-05-23T22:57:50-07:00

“New” Declaw Technique Shot Down by Facts

In January 2018, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published a letter from Dr. Kerry Yoon of Hawaii, who claims to have invented a "new, painless" declaw procedure. He is so confident that his special technique is "painless" that he has NEVER given any pain meds to the hundreds of cats and kittens he has mutilated. I'm sure many humane-minded veterinarians wrote in to complain, but JAVMA chose only two letters of opposition to publish. I am pleased that mine was one of them. Both letters are presented ...

2018-03-16T10:02:41-07:00

Anti-Declawing Handbook for Cat Lovers

Good news! We are getting closer every day to stopping declawing! To help cat lovers and animal advocates understand the truth about declawing that so many veterinarians lie about, Dr. Jean has written a detailed, fully-referenced e-book called the Cat Lover's Anti-Declawing Handbook, updated as of February 21, 2020. Click here to download the free PDF (Automatic download) Please download freely, and send to anyone who needs it. Give it to your veterinarian; send it to your legislators! The file is less than 6 MB, so it should be accepted ...

2020-03-11T10:43:47-07:00

City the Kitty

This handsome fellow is City the Kitty. As a magnificently polydactyl (many-toed) cat, he has a special abhorrence for declawing! City--along with his mom, biographer, and photographer, Lori--works tirelessly to educate people and stop declawing. That's not an easy job, with months-old twin babies at home to safeguard (not to mention, keep an eye on!). To help fund his efforts, City has published a beautiful book of photos that, for just $14.99, he will personally pawtograph for you! Please consider supporting this effort! City is quite the character... here is ...

2017-08-07T10:53:27-07:00

Is Declawing Justified for Human Health Reasons?

Pro-declawing veterinarians are running out of excuses to keep on performing this damaging, unnecessary, multi-amputation surgery on cats. One of the last bastions is a seeming concern about human health. People who are on blood thinners or immunosuppressive drugs, or people with HIV, fragile skin, or other medical conditions that make them susceptible to infection, proponents say, must declaw their cats to save themselves. But there is no human medical condition that justifies declawing a cat. Here's why: Perhaps most obviously: there are people with all sorts of medical conditions in all the countries where ...

2017-04-07T14:51:57-07:00

Declawing and the Law

Photo credit: Liz West The barbaric procedure of cat declawing is under serious fire, as well it should be! After being banned in eight California cities by the end of 2009, there have been efforts--led by the Paw Project--to get declawing banned elsewhere. Until recently, those efforts had failed relatively early in the process. It's been said that "Laws are like sausages — it is best not to see them being made." Indeed, it's messy. I've been involved in legislative processes in Colorado and California, and the typical abysmal ...

2017-12-18T23:47:38-07:00

Rare Cats, Common Cats, and Declawing

There are some 38 feline species in the world, including the domestic cat. Many are rare, and some are so incredibly elusive they're almost never seen and little is known about them. This video highlights 10 of these exquisite, small wild cats: My mammalogy professor was fond of saying that if you "undress" any cat, the underlying animal is virtually identical across all sizes and species. Sure, there are a few functional adaptations here and there, like the non-retractable claws and large nose of the cheetah, but as the saying goes, "A cat's a ...

2018-06-09T13:51:39-07:00

Cat Scratchers – What Do Cats Like?

Updated 6/3/20. Having the right cat scratching "implements" is critical in preventing claw damage to carpets and furniture. Now, scientific research provides insight into where and why cats scratch. Scratching is a deeply embedded instinct in cats. It is used as a visual and scent marking technique; to stretch tight shoulder and back muscles; to condition the claws by removing the damaged outer layers; and to relieve stress. If you have a cat, you need to provide an acceptable outlet for this normal and necessary behavior. Unfortunately, many cat guardians ...

2020-06-07T16:47:48-07:00

More Research on Declawing

Our good friend Jo Singer interviewed Dr. Kristen Doub, a veterinarian practicing in Utah and the director of The Paw Project's Utah branch. Dr. Doub has been researching declawed cats by taking x-rays of their paws. Among her findings: 66% of declawed cats had bone fragments left behind by a sloppy surgeon. These fragments are synonymous with pebbles in your shoe. They can also cause nails to regrow under the skin, which can then form abscesses. Osteomyelitis, a painful bone infection, was present in 30% of declawed cats and can result ...

2018-08-02T22:01:51-07:00

Paw Project Movie

If you haven't seen this amazing movie (featuring our own Dr. Jean!)... It's available on YouTube for just $1.99, as well as on Netflix if you're a member! ...Stream it tonight! And please... Spread the word! "The Paw Project is an eye-opening film that will be of interest to millions of cat owners... " - The Hollywood Reporter "Robustly persuasive, with Conrad compellingly framing her crusade as a battle between a right-thinking vet and a deep-pocketed industry group that purportedly represents her."  - The Los Angeles Times "Eye-opening...charming" - The Village Voice "A ...

2015-06-16T09:07:24-07:00

Declawing: A Rational Look

By Jean Hofve, DVM There are few feline issues as controversial as declawing. There is a great deal of myth and misinformation out there about it. If you are considering having this surgery performed on your cat, or if a veterinarian has suggested it, please read this article first to learn more about this major surgical procedure. Isn't it worth a few minutes of your time to make sure that you make a rational and informed decision? Declawing is not a simple or routine surgery. It should never be done ...

2016-11-19T12:31:11-07:00

Declawing and Science

This summary presents the main arguments against a legal ban on declawing (of cats and other animals), and the documented, scientific facts about each one—as opposed to the opinions expressed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and various other individuals and organizations. Public opinion is subject to change; and the change is now moving in favor of more humane treatment of all animals. The veterinary profession is finally getting clued in, having added "animal welfare" to its Veterinarian's Oath late in 2010 (41 years after it was first written). The inertia ...

2016-08-30T20:10:42-07:00

Physical Consequences of Declawing

Declawing changes the way the cat's paws function, and this creates stress on the joints of the paw, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and spine. The cat's gait changes, as weight is shifted backward from the toes to the large rear pad of the paw. Research has demonstrated that, after declawing, cats shift their entire weight more toward the hind legs. This is quite a feat, considering that the front legs normally bear about 60% of the cat's entire weight. Within 6 months or so, normal weight distribution among the four legs ...

2013-08-11T10:29:52-07:00

Declawing Alternatives

By Jean Hofve, DVM All reasons for non-medical declawing have non-surgical alternatives. There are many humane choices will still protect both human and feline health, as well as sofas and Persian rugs: Scratching posts, mats, corrugated cardboard, logs, softwood boards, sisal rope Training (yes, cats CAN be trained!) Regular claw-trimming Rotary sanders (Peticure, Dremel) Nail caps (SoftPaws, Soft Claws) Emery scratching boards (Emerycat) Double-sided sticky tape (Sticky Paws) Non-stick furniture protectors (Corner Savers, Fresh Kitty Furniture Protectors) Pet repellent sprays Access restriction (upside-down vinyl rug runner) Remote aversive devices (ScatMat, ...

2017-02-21T15:19:01-07:00

Declawing: A Physical Therapist Assistant’s Perspective

Thanks so much to by Ruth Y. for letting us post her great article about the long-term physical effects of declawing! (Originally posted at Pictures-of-Cats.org). There are many good reasons to be against declawing, but the most persuasive are perhaps those which deal with the changes in a cat's functional mobility and the potential for arthritis later in life. I suppose these are the reasons that speak to me because I work as a physical therapist assistant. I recently entered this field, in part because I enjoyed a course in anatomy and ...

2012-07-02T15:15:53-07:00
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