Rescue Roundtable – “Why an Animal should not be Declawed”

Dr. Bonnie Beaver, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a group representing nearly 70000 vets – insists declawing must be an option. Dr. Jennifer Conrad of The Paw Project disagrees. Please visit www.PawProject.org
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25 Responses to “Rescue Roundtable – “Why an Animal should not be Declawed””

  1. Bryan198026 says:

    I agree. I think it should be made illegal here. I have a cat named Max and yes he drives me crazy sometimes clawing the furniture but I’d rather put up with that than pay someone to cut his fingertips off, which is basically what declawing is. Besides, as the lady said there’s always softcaps and double sided tape to deter clawing.

  2. AdoptMeCanada says:

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m trying to get declawing banned in Canada, I’ve got a petition started but cannot post a link in my response. Please drop me a line and I will send you my petition.

    Stop this declawing madness!!!!

  3. chizoioioi says:

    I felt sick at 8:40-9:30

  4. VioletPaws says:

    Even before I knew what declawing actually was I was against it because it just sounded like a cruel thing to do, to deprive a cat of it’s claws.

    Get some sisal, wood and cardboard scratching items (vertical and horizontal) and put them around the house. Learn how to train kitty to use the scratching items rather than the furniture/carpets. Learn how to trim claws.

    If you don’t want to deal with the whole cat, don’t get a cat.

  5. fistpumpxx14 says:

    @countrygirl1462 dumb bitch shoulda just kept her you cruel piece of shit

  6. countrygirl1462 says:

    i once found the most adorable little kitten living under my house and we kept her for a little while she was the nicest thing ever and every time i tried petting her she moved her paws… later we found out she was declawed and not just her front paws but her back ones too and that is just plain crule the poor thing couldnt even scratch herself. i miss her so much but im sure as sweet as she is shes found a nice home. we would have kept her but she didnt like my other cat

  7. salvagebar says:

    I have known plenty of cats and dogs, and they are nice enough, but I just don’t want to make the changes to my home that are required if you want to live with an animal.

    Don’t get your cat declawed. Cats have claws! If you don’t want to live with a cat, don’t get a cat.

  8. AstriaICOW says:

    Both my parents and I didn’t know that declawing is amputating the cat, we just thought the doctors take the nail off like many people. But we were still totally against it because we still think it’s cruel to even take someone’s nail off. Besides, cats’ activities with their claws (climbing cat post trees, catching things, running etc) are the cutest ever, how could anyone not want those pleasures? scratching post helps a lot, clipping once a week helps too, do those instead.

  9. EternalLies says:

    @XMBJuicy Fuck your parents…

  10. oneneshama says:

    I SO AGREE WITH YOU NYTTOWLL AND THE SECOND COMMENT TOO. I USED TO BE A SHOW DOG AND CAT GROOMER BUT I STILL KNOW IT’S SOMETHING CAT’S DONT’ LIKE (NAIL CLIPPING) BUT I GIVE MY BABY A TREAT BETWEEN EACH COUPLE OF NAILS TO TRY AND RELATE IT TO NOT AS BAD AN ISSUE. SHE DEALS WITH IT OK NOW. I DO IT QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. YOU ONLY DO THE TIP TOO! OTHERWIZE IT CAN INJURE THE VIEN AND HURT AWFUL AND BLEEDING AS WELL. I WOULD NEVER DECLAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. oneneshama says:

    I SO AGREE WITH YOU NYTTOWLL AND THE SECOND COMMENT TOO. I USED TO BE A SHOW DOG AND CAT GROOMER BUT I STILL KNOW IT’S SOMETHING CAT’S DONT’ LIKE (NAIL CLIPPING) BUT I GIVE MY BABY A TREAT BETWEEN EACH COUPLE OF NAILS TO TRY AND RELATE IT TO NOT AS BAD AN ISSUE. SHE DEALS WITH IT OK NOW. I DO IT QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. YOU ONLY DO THE TIP TOO! OTHERWIZE IT CAN INJURE THE VIEN AND HURT AWFUL AND BLEEDING AS WELL. I WOULD NEVER DECLAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  12. bcroger2 says:

    @nyttowll
    agree.

  13. XMBJuicy says:

    My parents made my new kitten get declawed..

    i begged them not to, they knew all the alternitives, but they chose to declaw him :( 

  14. minutemuse says:

    @ozzy115295
    You went through with the proceedure just like that? You didn’t bother doing research first? Declawing is like cutting half of your fingers off. A pet is practically your child, it trusts you to protect it. How could you just . . . ugh.

  15. minutemuse says:

    @MsMEHowe
    I’d never heard of the nail caps but they sound like a good idea. I use one of those Pedi-Paws nail trimmers about twice a month. It takes all of six minutes (for both of my cats). Hard to believe some people can’t be inconvenienced with the occasional trimming and choose to mutilate their pets.

  16. MsMEHowe says:

    @LittleMadPyro Not all of us are. I would never declaw my cat, and the cats I have fostered that were declawed all had behavior problems of some sort. There are plenty of Americans that think it is barbaric, so please don’t stereotype.

  17. MsMEHowe says:

    It’s so easy to trim my cat’s nails. I taught her to let me handle her feet when she was a kitten, and now when she’s sitting on my lap relaxing, I gently press her feet to extend her claws and then clip the tips with toe-nail clippers. Not to mention that I trained her very easily to scratch a post. Thanks for educating the public, but I do disagree with declawing as a last resort. It should NEVER be an option and should be illegal, period.

    MsMEHowe 7 seconds ago

  18. MsMEHowe says:

    @minutemuse Soft Paws Nail caps are also great. You are so right on.

  19. SuperKizzyCat says:

    Declawing is incredibly inhumane – it’s not simply a short permanent nail trim, it’s the removal of a cat’s toes up to the first joint including ligaments, tendons and cartilage….Some compare it to amputating human fingertips up to the first joint, but cats have much more complex feet because they retract and extend their toes. Humans suffer from phantom joint pain – is it so unreasonable to assume that a cat would?

  20. ozzy115295 says:

    Oh my god i declawed my cat like 2 days ago but i didnt know what they did the vet was just saying that she can hurt the furniture and stuff and she made me really want to declaw her so i did and after seeing this video i feel very bad…i cant believe i would do such a thing to an animal because i love animals but im so stupid because i should have known that it was going to be a very bad choice :( Im sorry Shimmer! (thats my cats name she is a russian blue)

  21. seyda185 says:

    @bookofenoch34 if you are worried about your children and furniture, DON’T GET A CAT IDIOT!

  22. minutemuse says:

    Cats need their claws. If people can’t accept that then they obviously aren’t able to handle a cat. Would you rip your own finger nails out if it was optional? Why not just file the damn things down once and while? It’s painless and only takes a couple of minutes and doesn’t cause irreversible damage.

  23. petruccifan38 says:

    declawing a cat should not be an option at all period. not even a last resort option.

  24. niki982 says:

    when my kitten went for her first checkup and my vet casually recommended a de-clwing in the first 5 minutes of meeting us- I knew it was time for a new vet.

  25. DiscoverNealeKittens says:

    your current kitty, Chrissie, seems worried seeing that a nightmare


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