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Banfield is the world's largest vet practice with over 750 veterinary hospitals in the U.S. The company protects the welfare of dogs by not allowing elective surgeries such as ear cropping, tail docking & debarking. However, they continue to declaw cats.


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Joan for Peace (413)
Friday July 8, 2011, 11:47 pm
thanks for the post

Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:14 am

Danuta W (1251)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:59 am

. (0)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 4:25 am
Declaws are a money maker for the chain vet clinics. Not so many canine ear crops or tail docks, but every cat that is neutered or spayed can have the cost of a declaw tacked onto the bill. Declaws won't stop until they are made illegal.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:52 am
People who do this should have their fingernails and toenails ripped out, so they know how it feels!
Thank you

Kay M (347)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 7:56 am

Andrea Nemec (213)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 8:30 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!

Christine S (15)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 8:37 am
Noted and signed. Thank you for the post.

Heidi Bulters (4)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 8:38 am
If we pulled out a humans' nails it would be called torture. Is your couch really that important to torture your lovable cat? this is a horrible and painful procedure please stop!

. (0)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 8:42 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 8:53 am
it is not just the claw that is removed but the entire first joint, it is like removing the top join on your finger..and the healing process is quite painful.

Terrie D (64)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 8:53 am
Equale rights for cats too, please. Thanks for the info!

Valerie H (133)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 8:57 am
Signed already last year...July 28th, 2010....thank you!

Linda M (1715)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 9:15 am
Declawing and docking are NASTY....can't believe vets even do this!!!

Annie Cowling (116)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 9:33 am
already signed thank-you

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 9:49 am
Signed & Shared on Facebook!!!

Sarah G (109)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 9:56 am
I could not imagine doing this to a cat-- utterly barbaric.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 10:21 am
Signed. Poor things!

Marilyn M (145)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 12:45 pm
Noted, signed, and forwarded to friends. Thank you for posting, Michelle. The procedure is not equivalent to pulling out a persons's fingernails and toenails. It is equivalent to amputating a personís fingers and toes at the first knuckle.

DORIS L (61)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 12:51 pm

M B (62)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 12:57 pm
Signed. Are they mad ? The claws belong to a cat, it's part of her identity. If you don't want claws - don't get a cat !!

Iwona Krzeminska (73)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:05 pm
Done, thank you

emy Bocca (15)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:08 pm
done! thanks

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:17 pm
Noted and signed. I agree with Heidi. Thanks Michelle!

Sonja C (7)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:34 pm
These vets are a disgrace and should be closed down and they should be prosecuted for animal cruelty. You can't trust anyone these days this is so so terrible. Why the hell do people have a cat if they are a problem with claws. What ever an animal is born with is for a reason and they should be left alone. Personally I would like to pull out these vets finger nails, evil bastards. This has really got my back up, I am just so disgusted with these people, words can't say how I really feel.

Majvi Traff (4)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:38 pm
Declawing has to stop
The veterinarians can spend more time spaying and neutering more pets.

Margo R (14)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:41 pm
noted and signed! Declawing is not only painful but emotional for a cat. It can have phanthom pains for years and years!

martha Carlisle (1)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:05 pm
I can't believe anyone still engages in this barbaric practice! One of the most pitiful things I've ever seen is a friends kitten, sitting up with its little bandaged feet held up in front of it, because she didn't want it to claw the furniture. To say the least, we had a disagreement over this issue. I read up on what they do to declaw...just the thought makes me want to throw up. Petition definitely signed!

Karen E. (0)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:11 pm
Well, let me be the one voice who says no to signing. While in an academic sense I find declawing repulsive, I have to say, that with the huge number of homeless cats in our country right now I find it tolerable.
I worked for a vet for 13+ yrs. I witnessed MANY declaws. If you are not familiar with current protocol most vets keep a declaw for 2 nights to monitor for problems. They are also given pain medication. If done when a cat is young there is rarely any difficulty with recovery/healing. Often kittens are up playing wildly in their cages the next day, oblivious to having been through any procedure. It can be done humanely and often means the difference between a cat getting a loving home or not.
Many, many people want cats, love them dearly and provide great homes IF they are declawed. Sometimes the reason is to protect the furniture, which may seem trivial, but oftem represents a large investment and nobadoy wants their stuff trashed. Other times the reason for declawing is more health related. Many older folks enjoy the companionship of a pet, cats are great for those who can't get out easily, but many older folks have very thin skin and often take blood thinners - cat scratches can be a legitimate health risk for them. Are all of you willing to see those cats euthanised, or thrown out to fend for themselves instead of being declawed if it means a home? Please don't be so arrogant to suggest that it is impossible for someone to provide a quality home if they declaw - that's the equivilant of saying parents whose boys are circumsized are bad parents. There certainly are instances of cats seeming to adjust poorly to declawing - usually when they have it done as older adults. I've seen literally hundreds of kittens abd young adults done with no ill effect. If you think about it, spaying and neutering are mutilations and cause temporary pain, but we do them for the greater good - and I would much rather see a declawed cat in a happy home than one with full nails searching the dumpsters for food.

Renata B (136)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:20 pm
Declawing is monstruous and disgusting. In Europe is forbidden. If people can't cope with the scratching of a cat they should buy a soft toy cat and play with that. MORONS!!!!

Hege Torset (43)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:29 pm

Sulette Botha (20)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:38 pm
This is barbaric! If you dont like the claws, dont get a cat!

Rita Looverbosch (2)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:38 pm
didn't you remember wich is the most dangerous animal?

Renata B (136)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:43 pm
Karen E. I have seven cats and a very nice house with antique furniture, some pieces even 200 years old. I am incensed to know that those criminal vets who do such a pretty job to a cat then are oh so good to give them painkillers for a couple of days: how kind of them, how mouving. Is it so incredible to give painkillers after an operation? Where the hell do you live????? It's the minimum you can do. And how on earth have you come to compare a mutilation that intereferes for life with one of the most basic instincts of a cat (and which is also used as defence) with circumcision? Circumcision doesn't interfere with a man's sexual and non sexual life.
Spaying and neutering avoid the birth of endless kittens and avoid females from having a life of pregnancies. Declawing benefits only the selfish morons who inflict such mutilation on innocent creatures. If you get an animal you take resposibilities and accept to make compromises in your lifestyle, otherwise - as I said above - you buy a toy. Like those who have children and then they forget them in front of a TV and go doing their own business.
Why do you think it's forbidden in Europe? Because we are lunatics? Come out of the dark ages!! And yes, you know, cats are adopted here too and no-one would dream to do such an appalling thing. If a person wants to declaw a cat, this person does NOT deserve to have a cat. PERIOD. Shame on you.

Ruth C (87)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:54 pm
The low-lifes who do this horrible thing should have it done to they, like they use to do in the 14 and 15 century, they use to rip out peoples nails one by one just to make them talk.

Banfield Hospital is not a good place to take you animal friend, they are the ones that are in the pet supermarket location, they have really bad doctors there, they almost killed my dog one time they gave him a flea bath and put him right in front of the ac, because of this he got a really terrible cold and almost died, this was told to me by ones of the girls working there (she no longer works there, she became my friend after this).

Marianna Molnar (9)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 3:01 pm

Michelle S (462)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 3:04 pm
Thanks for your comments Karen. I respect your right to dissent and disagree.

I stand firm in my disdain for the procedure.

I have had cats all of my life and never have I been moved to declaw my animals.....not to "protect" furniture, not to "protect" my skin, or anything else for that matter. Clipping and dulling claws is far more humane and less invasive. And I have to agree with the comments of many of my friends here: if one cannot tolerate a cat's claws being attached to a cat's paws, that person should not own a cat. Period.

Declawing and debarking are two of the most reprehensible procedures done to cats and canines. Both should be outlawed.

My neighbor adopted her daughter's cat after she moved away to college. The cat was declawed and the daughter did not want to take Rusty with her, so he lives in doors 24-7 because my neighbor is afraid that if he goes outside and needs to defend himself, he would not be able to. I applaud her resolve in keeping Rusty indoors. That is one of the many prices a declawed cat must pay.....if their owner is smart.

My mom has an acquaintance that once owned a cat. According to him, it was a "magnificent animal" who came to greet him at the door, was loving and compatible. He had this "magnificent creature" declawed. For some reason, the cat began spraying in the house. Rather than investigate and get to the bottom of why the cat was spraying, he took it to the pound to be euthanized.

I've read countless stories where exotic "big cats" the likes of lions and tigers are declawed by unscrupulous and cruel, abusive owners. I cannot fathom the pain and misery experienced by these majestic beings when they are declawed. Most of the ones rescued have to go through intensive surgery to correct the "hack jobs" done on their paws; much of the damage is irreversible.

Thank you for taking the time to place a comment and read our posts. >^..^< Michelle

Barbara Goheen (0)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 3:34 pm
Noted and signed! Thanks!

tracey p (81)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 3:41 pm
To rob a cat of a natural instinct and its natural state of being is unforgivable. If people do not like the things that make cats what they are, then they should not have cats at all.

ali hamilton (9)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 4:10 pm

Chris S (5)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 4:23 pm
It's about time!!!!!

I think it's only the USA that still allows declawing of cats? I know it's banned in most other countries that have adequate animal welfare laws. As a few have asked, why have a cat if you have to have it declawed? That's like getting a dog and pulling it's teeth out so it can't chew the furniture or destroy shoes etc? WTF?????? Don't get an animal if that's the case, get a bloody robotic toy - you can control that and turn it off when the novelty wears off.


Star S. (54)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 4:28 pm
signed. I could never declaw my cat, even if it was not painful. I agree with the comments which say if you can't accept a cat for what it is don't have it as a pet. I would like to share positive experience with persian cat which at 3years is still extremely playful and energetic and has been living in my appartment.

I taught my persian kitty from 3months to use her scratching pad, and when she was young and when she scratched me accidentally whilst playing, I used to get the vet to clip her nails a little shorter.

I can honestly tell you that I don't need to to do this anymore- with lots of love and understanding and some mild training my furry little daughter never scratches anyone- no matter, nor does she scratch the furniture. She loves to put her paws to people's faces and when she does has her claws completely retracted and may even give you a kiss in the meantime

But she does use her claws to chase any insects or bugs she can find. Cats have lot of sense and when treated properly will use their claws for the right purposes.

If you have patience you can help your kitty know where she shouldn't use her claws.. that's all that is required. Otherwise if you are thinking of declawing please don't do it..

Alice B (241)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 4:29 pm
NOTED & SIGNED. Declawing = deformation and guaranteeing constant lifelong pain. It is totally inhumane. I am an "old person" with "thin skin" and I have no intention of using that as an excuse to declaw pet cats. People who declaw their cats do so FOR THEIR FURNITURE - without regard for what they have done to innocent animals. If you want fancy furniture then you need to work on training your cats; I have mine trained. I have 2 rescued 'feral' cats and they do NOT deserve to be tortured and maimed due to ignorance, stupidity, selfishness and neglect.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 4:38 pm
noted and signed. thanks

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 4:58 pm
Signed, noted, thanks.

Kate Kenner (215)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 5:12 pm
cats need their claws . Suppose a cat gets out-these things happen. S/he would not be able to defend her/himself. Cats are born with claws and with claws they should remain. If they were not supposed to have them then would have been born that way. We have no right to change that. If one is going to adopt (or even buy) a cat there should be there enough respect to l take a cat as s/he is. I had one cat come without claws. she was also a bit of a special needs cat. She was one of the sweetest cats I ever lived with, because she was special needs I think.

Romila Lal (9)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 5:23 pm
I have five cats and they were one time stray and they scrach me everyday but I tolerae this coz It is their natural habit they do it but I will never go for declawing them ,it is inhuman. I is better to clip their claws.

Ash Kenrick (21)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 5:23 pm
Ridiculous and inhumane practice... Just insane. Signed!

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 5:31 pm
Signed. Such a cruel and inhumane practice.

Evelyn B (79)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 5:54 pm
Noted and Signed on April 17, Tks Michelle

Robert B (55)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:23 pm
Anyone who likes cats will know how to handle a cat with claws. If you get the cat used to being handled and used to having it's paws touched and massaged, it is not much of a problem to trim their nails. If you can't trim their nails just get them a scratching post. I have had 14 cats so far and the worst that has happened is some damage to furniture. Big deal. My cats are way more important than ANY piece of furniture. Usually when I get scratched it's my own fault. De-clawing is like cutting off the tips of a persons fingers. It is absurd.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:25 pm
noted and signed

Mary T (178)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:34 pm
Already signed and shared, Thanks.

Anne K (139)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:46 pm
I signed the petition in July of 2010 - a year ago!

Karen E. - Having worked at cat shelters for 13 years, I could write a book about cats who suffered and died due to being declawed. The biters and pee-ers (most common behavioral effects of declawing) who are "unadoptable", and those that never recover emotionally from the pain and trauma of having their toes amputated and starve themselves into hepatic lipidosis. I have spent many a late night after hours at shelters trying to comfort declawed cats who refused to eat. They are often relinquished to shelters by their "owners" who don't want to deal with the problems they created by cutting the last joints off of their cats toes! Could you be a good parent if you cut your child's fingers off as a means of behavior modification? I don't think so. Spaying and neutering is done for the greater good, and humans are even "spayed and neutered", but humans don't go to the hospital and have the tips of all their fingers or toes chopped off. Cats recover from spay/neuter, but their toes never grow back (except in cases of toe bones regrowing inside the foot requiring further painful surgery and anesthesia). As you stated, cats have to remain at the veterinary hospital for up to 2 days after the amputations, but can go home the day of spay/neuter surgery. Declawing is sadistic and is banned or not practiced in most of the civilized world. To my knowledge, only the US and Canada declaw cats. I worked at shelters with adoption contracts prohibiting declawing. When interviewing adopters from Europe, as I sometimes did, they were horrified to learn that the US declaws cats. Even the anal retentive among us and the "rich bi*ches (and the thin-skinned old people) can use Soft Paws as a last resort. Use sticky paws for training cats not to scratch furniture while providing attractive alternatives, such as tall rope covered scratching posts and cardboard scratch pads. There is no defense or justification for mutilating an animal. Toe amputation is torture, isn't is?

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:51 pm
Signed, noted, thanks.

Anne K (139)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:52 pm
P.S. My neighbor adopted a kitten and had him de-toed, and he began peeing on the bed (typical - declawed cats often pee on soft surfaces) so now he lives outside.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:56 pm
Signed. I am currently minding a lovely young Burmese cat belonging to one of my sons. The cat's claws have been TRIMMED which is a good idea to protect furniture etc.

Cristina M (137)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:56 pm
This practice should be banned, it's cruel. What kind of cat owners takes cats to be declawed? These people should have pets, I worry for the poor animals living with this kind of persons.

Eternal Gardener (734)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 7:50 pm
Action taken!

Sandy G (35)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 9:35 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 9:50 pm
I signed this, but, with reservations. There are too many people out there who will choose NOT to adopt a cat UNLESS they can de-claw them. I know a very compassionate woman who adopts cats and dogs, and she de-claws the cats. They never go outside, so will never have to face predators. These cats live very long lives. I have mixed feelings about this only because so many more cats would never be adopted AT ALL. Which is the lesser of 2 evils?
Personally, I give my calico a claw-clipping every so often, which she does not mind, as she just goes over to the carpeted stairway(NO!! NOT THE CARPETED STAIRWAY!!) or the little chair she took over, or the scratching mat (she refused to acknowledge any other scratching post I bring home!) and re-sharpens those lethal hooks.

Pamela C (75)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 10:10 pm
Shame on Banfield for causing so much misery and pain for a few bucks. Any person who wants to have their cat declawed should be turned in for cruelty; how much worse that an animal "hospital" encourages this disgusting practice. How would your children like to have all their fingers and toes cut off?

Pamela C (75)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 10:11 pm
Anyone who won't adopt a cat without it being "declawed" first doesn't deserve to have ANY animal. Cut off their fingers and toes.

jennifer t (41)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 1:28 am

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:18 am
Signed and noted. Thanks, Michelle.

Diane L (110)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:21 am
Clarice, just an's DEclawng, not DEWCLAWS. A dewclaw is the little claw n the side of a dog or cat's foot. We're dscussing the removal of claws from the toes. removing dewclaws is actually a good practice as they can be caught on things and be ripped off painfully. Dewclaws are usually removed from puppies when they are first born, and it's a quick procedure done by those qualified to do so, usually vets. I have a 10-yr-old GSD who has frnt dewclaws, and it would be far too traumatic to have them removed at her age and size. It SHOULD have been done when she was a puppy. I got her as an adoptee when she was 2-1/2 years old. They are small and I keep them clipped short.

Sorry, Karen, but there is no logical reason to EVER declaw a cat. I don't care how much observation is given, or how much anesthetic, and Yvette, one can buy false "covers" to put over claws to protect furniture. They come in various colors, sizes and do a good job. Cats need to "scratch" and climb. It's part of their nature. I don't care if they're indoor cats or not. Indoor cats need the stimulization of climbing something and without claws, hard to do. I have 5 cats, and 2 are indoor ones. They BOTH climb my "Kitty Comdo" which goes from floor to ceiling and love it. They don't scratch my furniture at all, and with a $4500 leather sofa, I would care, trust me!

Diane L (110)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:23 am
Oh, YES, gladly signed the petition. I also can tell the story of an acquaintance who had one of her two cats declawed. That was done by a qualified vet when she was about a year old, maybe younger. "Before", Alice was a normal cat. "After" she became neurotic and everybody called her "Pyscho Alice". She hid under tables and attacked everyone who passed by. She was an indoor ONLY cat, but she did sneak out a few times, and the last time resulted in her disappearing. We all figured she got picked off by predators, since she was unable to climb or defend herself.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:27 am
Signed and noted, thank you!

Beth M (46)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:30 am
..its kind of like..taking away their primary defence...its very sister had it done to her cat because of the expensive furniture. My mum says the cats ok...but thats by the by really. Its horrible to do that..thanks..x

Diane L (110)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:36 am
Here's a link for SOFT CLAWS. Now, tell me, what could be cuter than putting HOT PINK claws on your black kitty, or bright BLUE on your white one?

Angela Gottschalk (0)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:12 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:08 am
Signed! Would you cut off your fingers?

Shirley H (49)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:59 am
BIG signed.
Shirley H.

. (0)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:51 am
Declawing does permanent psychological damage to animals and robs them of protection.

Cynthia W. (0)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 11:44 am
signed and shared

linda b (186)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 1:47 pm
I'll never understand people who love cats and then get them declawed, it's cruel and barbaric and this horendous practice should be outlawed. Any vet that participates in such evil should be struck off, our vets would never even consider this. These owners should have their own nails torn off then see how they like it. Signed Thanks Michelle.

Eliette B (27)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 1:55 pm
You signed this petition on Jul 29, 2010.

Lisa On Vacation (203)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:55 pm
Action taken. I have always felt that declawing is animal abuse. To take a cat's claws is to leave it defenseless. Besides the psychological effects it has on the cat.

Patricia W (94)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 9:00 pm
Thanks for the post.
I took in two cats and both of these cats are overly aggressive to my cats and I believe it's because they're both declawed. They hide and attack my cats who, thank goodness, take it in stride. My cats have their claws. We have a good little set-up where everyone has their own space.
You're all correct who agree that the psychological effect is terrible.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Monday July 11, 2011, 2:56 am
Noted and signed

Bistra Staykova (4)
Monday July 11, 2011, 4:57 am
Poor cats... to be tortured because of a cratch or two

Charla D (67)
Monday July 11, 2011, 6:49 am
I'm shocked that there are vets who still perform this inhumane, not to mention unnecessary procedure. Anyone who would want a cat declawed should not have a pet cat. Period! If given an adequate number of scratching posts that are appropriately placed (I've discovered that with cats, it's all about location - if they're not using it in one place, try another and try to think as they do - they prefer to scratch as they enter or exit a room or area, so placing the post near such points is usually a good choice). If there's a piece of furniture they've already started scratching, get a product called Sticky Paws, which consists of clear adhesive strips that will not damage your furniture or hurt your cat, but will make it impossible for the cat to scratch there.

Dan S (9)
Monday July 11, 2011, 7:46 am
Signed. We have always been against the de-clawing of any animal. Yesterday, we rescued another adorable kitten from the streets. After feeding her and helping her get cleaned up, we gently gave her a manicure that she desperately needed. She will be a wonderful addition to our family.

Thanks for the post Michelle.

Ira M (211)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 3:59 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you!

desanka s (416)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 3:07 pm
There is NO reason for removing a cat's claws. Signed. Thank you Michelle.

Lika P (130)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 2:56 am
Claws aren't just for sharpening. They do that to stretch their tendons in their paws. It gives them relief all the way up that chord.

Diane L (110)
Tuesday July 19, 2011, 4:36 am
GREAT point, Lika. I have two "kitty condos" and one is just a tall 3-tired box covered with carpet. The cats will sharpen their claws on the sides by extending their bodies UPWARD and stretching out. I also have one of those "curved" thingeys that has corrugated cardboard in it. They all seem to prefer the kitty condo that has the carpet & allows them to stretch.

Alcataz L (0)
Tuesday July 19, 2011, 9:26 pm
Very sad they do this! Shame on them, is like someone taking all of our nails of our fingers! sigened!!

Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:01 am
Noted and already signed Michelle :0 Thnx

MARINA M (125)
Friday June 14, 2013, 4:04 pm
Now Closed :(
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