Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Declawing

Some people were responding to a forum post by a person on declawing community cats. In the first place, besides the fact that one should never declaw an outdoor cat because you take away their only defense mechanism, declawing is something that is actually illegal in some countries and considered to be mutilation in others :-

Declawing : what you need to know

The European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals
outlawed it. Section 5 of the United Kingdom's Animal Welfare Act prohibits mutilation, which involves interfering with the 'sensitive bone structure' of the animal, excepting medical reasons.

Declawing is something to benefit owners - it rarely does anything for the cat. Some owner may decide they would rather give away or kill their cat then have it scratch their furniture - in which case I know some vets in Singapore do consider this as an option. Of course this may not stop the person from giving their cat away anyway after that (and we have had some declawed cats on our adoption board in the past).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

For people who suggested declawing, do they really know what's being done to the cat and the after-effects? Can't they put themselves in the cats' shoes and imagine the physical and mental pain that's involved?

4/9/07 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me, to declaw a cat is similar to chopping off its paws.

4/9/07 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And similar to chopping off the fins of a shark.

4/9/07 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know dawn, to me, a person has no right to own a cat and should not own a cat if she/he is unable to accept having her/his sofa scratched. please, spare the cat. you have no right to own one if you cannot accept some scratches on your sofa. similarly, if you have alot of painful or funny or ridiculous or unique problems at this point in your life, please don't own a pet and don't even think of helping an animal. spare yourself. go, go, go solve your own problems first. -orange-

4/9/07 12:15 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

Declawing is amputation, surgical removal of limbs casusing cat to be crippled for life. It should be considered animal abuse and a criminal act.

Don't keep a cat if you plan to declaw, if you want to keep your furniture, keep dustmites.

4/9/07 12:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We did speak to some of the vets here about this a while ago to ask them not to declaw the cats. Some felt they would need to do it in cases where the owner would give the cat up otherwise or put it down. I have to say that I'm not sure declawing will prevent them from giving the cat up though in the future. If your furniture is more important than your cat, then please don't adopt - we've said so to some people who have written in and mentioned they are concerned about their sofas.

Fortunately it's not that popular in Singapore.

4/9/07 12:47 PM  

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