National Veterinary Associates (NVA). Please Stop Declawing In Your Veterinary Practices

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Dear National Veterinary Associates (NVA),

 You say,  "National Veterinary Associates (NVA™) is the largest private owner of freestanding veterinary hospitals in the United States" and your mission statement says:  "To improve the comfort and well-being of pets by providing progressive and compassionate care."

Please stop declawing in your 700 veterinary practices in America.

Declawing is cruel, painful, and harms the long-term well-being of cats.

Progressive veterinarians and veterinary companies have stopped declawing because they know that it is really bad for cats and there are always humane alternatives.

Now that they know better, they are doing better.

Will you please do your part to help protect cats from this barbaric cruelty and harm?

Declawing is the amputation of a cat's last toe bone. It has absolutely no benefit for the cat and is always bad for a cat's long-term health and well-being.

Here is a link to a declawing info page that is on many NVA practice websites. NVA practice declawing info

There are always easy, humane alternatives to this mutilating amputation procedure.  Know the facts. Declawing facts & humane options- Facts about declawing

VCA Canada stopped declawing in 2018.

VCA America stopped declawing in Feb. 2020.

Here's VCA America's declawing policy statement. VCA's Declawing Statement

Banfield Pet Hospitals stopped declawing in January 2020. Here's their new declawing policy statement. Banfield's Declawing Statement

All the big veterinary organizations, AVMA, AAHA, and AAFP oppose declawing.

Here are some facts vs myths from VCA that show why it is wrong to declaw a cat.

"Studies have shown that if an owner is intolerant of a cat scratching the couch, it is likely that same owner would be intolerant of the cat not using the litter box or beginning to bite harder and with increased frequency.

It is a common misconception among veterinary professionals that scratching behavior is one of the most common reasons for relinquishment of cats to shelters. Our experience and that of shelter operators has taught us differently. Other problems, house soiling and aggression, are listed as the top two behavioral reasons cats lose their homes. Scratching behavior is far down the list, right next to reasons like the cat requires too much attention, and scratching is rarely a reason given for relinquishment.

The Centers for Disease Control, the WHO, the National Institutes of Health, the US Public Health Service, and the Canadian Medical Association all agree that declawing cats belonging to owners who are immunocompromised is “not advised.” AAHA and AAFP agree. We do not believe that declawing a cat to protect human health is a valid reason, and in fact, it could quite possibly give people a false sense of security and put these people in jeopardy of being bitten, which is usually far more threatening to the health of a human than a scratch would be. If the declawed cat were to stop using the litterbox and leave excrement in other parts of the house, that, too, is dangerous for immunocompromised people. We believe common sense methods of protecting oneself from cat scratches are enough. Declawing is not the solution."

Here are more of our petitions to help end declawing.

Purina- http://bit.ly/PurinaPetition
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)- http://bit.ly/AAHAstopDeclawing
American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) - http://bit.ly/CatVetsStopDeclawing
Cornell- http://bit.ly/CornellCondemnDeclawing
For more information about declawing go to www.citythekitty.org