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The evidence against declawing cats just keeps mounting

Thursday, Jul 20th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We’re seeing yet more evidence that not only does declawing not keep cats out of shelters, but it can cause a lifetime of pain and difficulty walking for cats who have undergone the procedure. The routine declawing of cats, known as “onychectomy,” has become extremely common in the United States, but that’s not the case […]

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Breaking: Canadian Veterinary Medical Association issues statement opposing declawing of cats

Wednesday, Mar 29th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association today issued a statement opposing the declawing of cats, a stronger position than they’ve taken previously. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has strengthened its stand against declawing domestic cats, saying the practice causes unnecessary and avoidable pain. “It is evident that felines suffer needlessly when […]

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The tragedy of post-declaw pain syndrome, and how to help cats who suffer from it

Friday, Dec 11th, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker

As a veterinarian, I was taught early on that while declawing cats wasn’t without its drawbacks, it was a valuable tool in preserving the human-cat bond, and kept cats out of shelters. I no longer believe that today. As I’ve learned more about the negative effects of pain and fear on our companion animals, I’ve […]

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What you need to know before declawing your cat

Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Should you consider getting your cat declawed? Here’s what a reader had to say via email: Q: When I was growing up, we always had our cats declawed and I didn’t think anything about it. I took our new kitten in to the vet to have her declawed, and he didn’t want to do it. […]

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