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Tell Tufts-Cummings Veterinary School : Declawing Is Mutilation, Stop Justifying It « Our Compass

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Dianne Ly
- 882 days ago -
The article describes declawing as a "relatively simple" procedure with "slight risks". This is recklessly untrue. In fact, declawing is among the most agonizing procedures a cat can undergo, and can lead to chronic pain and disability, says vet

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N Away W. (650)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 1:26 pm
letter sent, and shared. thanks Dianne

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 1:29 pm



Dear Dr. Berg,

Catnip‘s careless treatment of declawing does a disservice to cats and does not reflect well on Tufts-Cummings.

Please 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 is especially necessary for its newsletter to inform its readers why it takes this ethical stand.

Anyone adopting a cat must accept that scratching is a normal characteristic of a healthy cat. Amputating a portion of a cat’s toes, or severing the 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”.

Additionally, 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 is important to also note that once deprived of claws, a cat may turn to his only other form of defense—his teeth. It is fairly common for a declawed cat to become a biter, doing so out of fear and frustration.

Furthermore, 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.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important appeal to publish an article detailing the dangers and inhumane properties of declawing.


Past Member (0)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 6:20 pm
Done, thanks Dianne. We adopted a cat from our local pound/shelter recently. They said they would have to do a background check but all they did was call the vet we had used for our previous cats and dogs (to make we sure we hadn't neglected their shots) and asked what we thought of declawing. When I said it was animal abuse, the animal officer smiled and said that we had "passed".

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 7:13 pm
I just do not understand people,they get a dog,tie it to a chain in the backyard,declaw it,devocalize it,why the hell have an animal?

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 12:52 am
Being a cat person, I've sent the mail in protest for sure! It should be outlawed! Not only should they state openly that it is basically mutilation, they should also--nay, mainly (!)--refrain from performing it -- only bad veterinarians can advocate this.

Danuta Watola (1243)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 5:07 am

Kay M. (348)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 9:03 am

Past Member (0)
Monday December 31, 2012, 11:47 am
They used to pull humans nails out in the W W 2 for torture Why is it any less so for animals They cant do without their nails just like us It is mutilation

Michael Kirkby (90)
Monday December 31, 2012, 12:14 pm
This is one of the nastiest and inhumane things you can do to a cat. To me it is torture and animal cruelty.

Robert O. (12)
Monday December 31, 2012, 12:20 pm
Thanks Dianne.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 31, 2012, 12:48 pm
Some people are simply immune to empathy towards animals. They either knowingly or unknowlingly practice speciesism.

Lisa Neste (734)
Monday December 31, 2012, 12:52 pm
E-mail sent, thanks Dianne!

Cheryl Mallon-Bond (41)
Monday December 31, 2012, 12:53 pm
This issue makes me nuts! Because if every Vet banned 2gether & just WOULDN'T do the just couldn't be done! I saw an ad somewhere once that showed that it was actually a 10 step proceedure, not some simple thing, like clipping nails! Maye everyone wanting to do this proceedure to a Kitten or Cat aught to watch the mutilation from a video taped proccedure thr whole way through & see for themselves if they then don't think otherwise. Many people also don't realize that some Cats are so adverse to using the litterbox because of pain issues, that it is a big reason Cats start urinating outside of the litterbox. On top of that it is a BIG reason why MANY Cats are CRUELY THROWN TO THE STREETS! I know because I have rescued many of them dumped at my feral Cat colonies! Sadly, too many Vets are in it for the $ & coupld care less about the Cats pain & suffering & other issues that I just mentioned. Stupidly after Cats "recover" From the surgery, after using paper as litter till they "heal" the people than use the WRONG type of litter for the Cats, further causing rejection of litterbox use. Cats that have been declawed need soft & very fine granule litter once they are healed. I am not advocating the procedure, I am just mentioning this as when I have rescued & adopted out an already declawed Cat I thoroughly go over w/ the adopter thae very important reasons WHY very specific litter is needed to be used. They can not cut costs & use regular unscoopable litter, they MUST COMMIT to using the right litter that the Cats is comfortable w/. The other thing that drives me crazy is when people don't neuter males & then blame them for innapropriate spraying! THE PEOPLE cause the problem! & then blame the Cats & throw them on the streets! It blows my mind how irresponsible people are! I can only hope that ALL rescue people if adopting out kittens before spay/neuter are ON TOP of consistent follow up, MAKING SURE the Kittens are spay/neutered at the appropriate time. I RARELY will adopt out unless they are already fixed. So normally I will NOT adopt out before 12 wks, when they can be spay/neutered. I would personally prefer they all be fixed at a later age...but we as rescue people know the track record of people being irresponsible.....just look at all the Poor Cats on the streets! That's why young spay/neuter is necessary! Many people want smaller Kittens....but 9 out of 10 times, I just won't adopt out until they are fixed. Sorry to go off topic here.

Gloria picchetti (302)
Monday December 31, 2012, 1:21 pm
I sent a two sentence email that was right to the point but not mean.

Mike M. (57)
Monday December 31, 2012, 1:38 pm

michelle m. (41)
Monday December 31, 2012, 1:50 pm
Letter sent.I amfed up of animal abuse.

Bill C. (353)
Monday December 31, 2012, 2:29 pm
I shared a home with 3 Siamese (chock, applehead and "pin") most of my adult life and learned to buy thngs friendly to the cats as well as dogs and other critters, I would never delaw a cat

My girls lived long (25, 21, 23) healthy lives with a 150lb Rhodesian, a Scotty, German Shep and a Doberman

Dogs asked for permission to walk past the old mamma cat when she perched on a table in the sun..or the dogs got ail popped claws out. She could do a growl where cats and dogs lay down but she also raised every crittder and 1 wife till her death at 25...with did the wife

Marlene Dinkins (265)
Monday December 31, 2012, 2:42 pm
notato!!!!!! grazie Dianne!!!! action taken also grazie grazie!!!!!

Ruth M. (252)
Monday December 31, 2012, 2:56 pm

Sharon F. (0)
Monday December 31, 2012, 4:40 pm
Are the people responsible for this cruel practice 'Christians?' All animals should be treated kindly.

Nimue P. (306)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:05 pm
Disgusting. When will people stop abusing animals?

Elaine Al Meqdad (248)
Monday December 31, 2012, 6:39 pm
S & N!

Vicky P. (473)
Monday December 31, 2012, 9:43 pm
noted and sent

Dianne D. (470)
Monday December 31, 2012, 9:57 pm
Email sent

Emilia Boccagna (15)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 12:01 am
email sent

Ruth S. (300)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 5:41 am
Sent email.

I would declaw all those that declaw cats.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 6:20 am
Noted and Thnx Dianne :-0

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 6:32 am

Melania Padilla (194)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 4:26 pm
Letter sent! Thanks

Yvonne F. (174)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 1:38 am
Email sent!!! Thanks Dianne
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