Outlaw Cat Declawing in Canada

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Outlaw Cat Declawing in Canada

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Dear Mr. Trudeau,

I am writing to urge you to outlaw cat declawing in Canada or at a minimum, recognize it's extreme, inhumane and unnecessary nature.

While doing research on declawing, I found a list of countries that either outlaw or view cat declawing as an inhumane and immoral practice and was extremely disappointed to not find Canada's name on that list.

The following three paragraphs are taken from declawing.com regarding the physical and psychological changes cats may undergo subsequent to declawing.

"Some cats are so shocked by declawing that their personalities change. Cats who were lively and friendly have become withdrawn and introverted after being declawed. Others, deprived of their primary means of defense, become nervous, fearful, and/or aggressive, often resorting to their only remaining means of defense, their teeth. In some cases, when declawed cats use the litterbox after surgery, their feet are so tender they associate their new pain with the box...permanently, resulting in a life-long adversion to using the litter box. Other declawed cats that can no longer mark with their claws, they mark with urine instead resulting in inappropriate elimination problems, which in many cases, results in relinquishment of the cats to shelters and ultimately euthanasia. Many of the cats surrendered to shelters are surrendered because of behavioral problems which developed after the cats were declawed."

"Many declawed cats become so traumatized by this painful mutilation that they end up spending their maladjusted lives perched on top of doors and refrigerators, out of reach of real and imaginary predators against whom they no longer have any adequate defense. A cat relies on its claws as its primary means of defense. Removing the claws makes a cat feel defenseless. The constant state of stress caused by a feeling of defenselessness may make some declawed cats more prone to disease. Stress leads to a myriad of physical and psychological disorders including supression of the immune system, cystitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)."

"The consequences of declawing are often pathetic. Changes in behavior can occur. A declawed cat frequently resorts to biting when confronted with even minor threats. Biting becomes an overcompensation for the insecurity of having no claws. Bungled surgery can result in the regrowth of deformed claws or in an infection leading to gangrene. Balance is affected by the inability to grasp with their claws. Chronic physical ailments such as cystitis or skin disorders can be manifestations of a declawed cat's frustration and stress.
David E. Hammett, DVM"

Mr. Trudeau, if you're like me and enjoy having all three of your phalanges fully intact, I urge you to take this petition seriously and outlaw cat declawing in Canada today!

Sincerely,

Daniel Mucci

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