Imagine having your fingers cut off at the first knuckle...
Declawing cats is mostly a North American phenomenon. In many European countries, it’s actually illegal. Having your animal companion's claws removed is a serious surgery that involves a sort of amputation – the last bone of the cat’s claw has to be removed because of how the nails adhere to the bone. The surgery is painful and includes a painful recovery process...think about it....you can’t place a cat on bedrest...
Just like human nails serve a purpose, cats have claws for a reason. Scratching is normal cat behaviour. Their intent is not to ruin your furniture. Cats scratch to remove dead husks from their claws as well as to stretch their muscles.
Several American cities are working towards banning declawing except for rare cases where surgery is deemed necessary (for example, to remove cancerous nail bed tumours). We strongly support such initiatives and hope that you will too.
Photo from Peta.org
Declawing is illegal in England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand.
This is the official trailer for The Paw Project, a one hour documentary that chronicles the David and Goliath story of a tiny grassroots movement taking on big veterinary interests in an effort to ban the declawing of cats. Declawing is an amputation of toe bones, it's not a fancy manicure. Together, we can ban declawing nationwide