Help Enact a Ban on Declawing Cats
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Declawing should be banned in the US, it's something people do for their own convenience without realizing what actually happens to their beloved cat. In many European countries, it is illegal, because it is really an unnecessary amputation and therefore it is INHUMANE
What is DECLAWING:
Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. The cat's claw is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery the cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Wheelchairs and bedpans are not an option for a cat.
Amputating the important part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the conformation of their feet. The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors.
The cat's personality changed after being declawed. Although, the medical community does not recognize this as a potential side effect.
Scratching is a normal feline behavior, is a means for cats to mark their territory both visually and with scent, and is used for claw conditioning ("husk" removal) and stretching activity.
Owners should provide suitable implements for normal scratching behavior. Examples are scratching posts, cardboard boxes, lumber or logs, and carpet or fabric remnants affixed to stationary objects. Implements should be tall or long enough to allow full stretching and be firmly anchored to provide the necessary resistance to scratching. Cats should be positively reinforced in the use of these implements. BUT DECLAWING IS NOT THE ANSWER AND IT IS BARBARIC.
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO ENCOURAGE THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TO BAN DECLAWING!!
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