People have a misconception that declawing is a simple surgery that removes a cat’s nails, but it’s not true. Sadly, this is very painful procedure. Declawing traditionally involves the amputation of the last bone of each toe. If performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle. It is an unnecessary surgery that provides no medical benefit to the cat. Educated pet parents can easily train their cats to use their claws in a manner that allows everyone in the household to live together happily. Many countries have banned declawing. The Humane Society of the United States opposes declawing except for the rare cases when it is necessary for medical purposes, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors.
A new bill was introduced by Assemblyman Bill Quirk to ban cat declawing in the state of California. While some cities already have bans, this legislation would make it a ban statewide. The bill states, “This bill would prohibit a person from performing a declawing on a cat or other animal unless the person is licensed as a veterinarian and the veterinarian is performing the declawing for a therapeutic purpose.”
“I am proud to be partnering with Paw Project on this legislation. When this bill becomes law, only licensed veterinarians performing the procedure for specific therapeutic purposes will legally be able to declaw a cat, saving them from a life time of pain and possible lameness,” said Assemblyman Quirk.
Scratching is normal cat behavior. It isn’t done to destroy a favorite chair or to get even. Cats scratch to remove the dead husks from their claws, mark territory, and stretch their muscles. People who are worried about being scratched, have a misconception that their health will be protected by declawing their cats. However, infectious disease specialists don’t suggest declawing. The risk from scratches for these people is less than those from bites, cat litter, or fleas carried by their cats.
“Declawing is one of the most painful and unnecessary surgeries in all of veterinary medicine,” said veterinarian Jennifer Conrad, founder of Paw Project, a non-profit that educated people on why declawing is inhumane. “We’ve seen what these cats go through. We are veterinarians who are standing up against the status quo because it is the right thing to do. We want veterinary medicine to be about helping animals, not helping couches.”
People often mistakenly believe that declawing their cats is a harmless thing for unwanted scratching. They don’t realize that declawing can make a cat less likely to use the litter box or more likely to bite. Declawing also can cause lasting physical problems for your cat. This cruel procedure causes problems for the health of the cat. Declawing can result in permanent lameness, arthritis and chronic pain. We should come forward to eradicate this cruel act worldwide and save the innocent creatures from this misery.