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Tell Tufts-Cummings Veterinary School : Declawing Is Mutilation, Stop Justifying It ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

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- 1941 days ago -
Declawing doesn't keep cats in "good" homes. Instead, cats suffer excruciating pain and are abandoned anyway because declawing is not a solution to scratching.

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Cher C (1430)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 10:03 am

Take Action for Cats’ Paws—and Lives

Declawing doesn’t keep cats in “good” homes. Instead, cats suffer excruciating pain and are abandoned anyway because declawing is not a solution to scratching.

Politely contact Dr. Berg and tell him that Catnip’s careless treatment of declawing does a disservice to cats and does not reflect well on Tufts-Cummings.

Call: 508-887-4847


• Ask Dr. Berg to publish an article in Catnip that takes a humane stand—with reasons declawing should never be done as behavioral intervention. If Tufts-Cummings indeed prohibits this unnecessary surgery it’s especially necessary for their newsletter to inform their readers why they take this ethical stand.

• Anyone adopting a cat must accept scratching is a normal characteristic of a healthy cat. Amputating a portion of a cat’s toes, or severing its tendons (tendonectomy), to deal with this behavior is patently cruel. There are many humane, sensible options, such as behavioral modification techniques, with rehoming a kinder “last resort.”

• Bite wounds are as dangerous as scratches. What then? Remove the cat’s teeth? To suggest that a cat should be declawed if an owner is medically compromised is absurd. It’s important to also note that once deprived of claws a cat may turn to its only other form of defense—its teeth. It is fairly common for a declawed cat to become a biter, doing so out of fear and frustration.

• Declawing does not ensure cats a secure home. People who select, care for and train companion animals responsibly; who have realistic expectations of a cat’s innate behavior; and who make a lifetime commitment to their pets are the only things that ensure a cat a secure home.


Solitary E (324)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 10:18 am
will take action

Pat B (356)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 11:14 am
TY, Cher. Email note sent.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 11:22 am
Will take action, thanks.

Lisa N (206)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 11:28 am
Sent e-mail gladly!

Carol H (229)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 11:32 am
action taken!! none of my babies have been declawed!! I just left a polite message for Dr Borg on his answering machine!!

Thomas P (280)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:03 pm sent. Thanks Cher.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:55 pm
Noted and action taken. Thanks so much, Cher.

Julie E (405)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:55 pm

E-mail sent with high hopes.

LaurenBackSoon K (173)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:56 pm
Will take action. Thanks for posting Cher.

Tamara H (185)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 3:12 pm
Well, I just got off the phone with Dr. Berg and he stated that he feels people have not read the article based on the emails and calls he has received. He told me that the point the article was supposed to make was that the only time it is humane to de-claw a cat is as a very last resort. He does not recommend people de-claw their cat's as a means of stopping scratching, he said behavior modification classes or teaching should be used in those cases. He stated that there a very few instances where de-clawing should be done and only as a last resort such as if the cat is posing a danger to family or children or something of that nature. I told him he needs to rewrite the article so that his position is clear and that he is not advocating de-clawing.

Ellen G (325)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:05 pm
Email sent

Sara W (8)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:11 pm
I'm sorry, but declawing is never an option. People don't chop off their last finger digits because of bad habits, why should we force it on animals?

Jerry B (128)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:34 pm
Noted and e-mail sent..thanks Cher!

Rock H (254)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:58 pm
Email sent and this posting noted. Thanks Cher!

Marie W (67)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 7:12 pm

. (7)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 7:16 pm
Will take action, thanks.

Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:02 pm
Done & Noted. Thanks Cher

Thursday December 27, 2012, 10:03 pm

Danuta W (1248)
Friday December 28, 2012, 2:58 am

Lenicka R (60)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:08 am
@Tamara Hayes . The answer Dr. Berg gives you , is BULLSHIT.
A cat will never be a danger for children when they let the cat alone and do not bullying him. When a cat act aggressive unprovoked there is another reason for that - sick , traumatized , - and that you will not resolve by declawing.
Answers like that from Dr. Berg are typical for people that know that they are wrong but will not admit it.
Only when there is cancer on the toe , 1 or 2 claws can be removed , but that is a surgery question to save the cats live , and not for sake of selfish people .

Lenicka R (60)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:29 am
BTW I sent my own mail. In the 40 years I rescued feral and often very wild cats - thousands over the years - it never occurred to me that declawing would be necessary.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:02 am
Thank you!

Kit B (276)
Friday December 28, 2012, 9:47 am

Buy a few lemons - fresh lemons use the juice from the lemons and spray (mist is best spray) on furniture or any place that cats claw or young ones might have an accident, problem solved. Also do buy a scratching post. Scratching is a normal behavior. -- done

James M (144)
Friday December 28, 2012, 10:18 am

Barbara E (63)
Friday December 28, 2012, 12:47 pm
Noted and thnx Cher :0

Martha s (130)
Friday December 28, 2012, 12:52 pm

Amy E (66)
Friday December 28, 2012, 12:53 pm
Thank you!

Past Member (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 12:56 pm
will take action,thanks

MĂłnica A (109)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 4:22 pm
Es un poco contradictorio, no? tener un gato pero sin uńas !!!

Yvonne F (181)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:45 am
Email sent!!!! Thanks Cher
Outrageous that this can be allowed! I have never heard of it before I became a member of Care"

MARINA M (125)
Friday June 14, 2013, 4:13 pm
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