Declawing & Cigarettes. Lies and deception.

Declawing & Cigarettes. Lies and deception.


Just like the tobacco companies did in the 30’s and 40’s for smoking, the veterinary profession started deceiving cat owners in the 50’s to believe that declawing was humane and ok to do to a cat.

The veterinary associations and pro-declaw veterinarians are still perpetuating these lies and deception about declawing so that they can keep making money from this very inhumane procedure.


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“In the 1930s and 1940s, smoking became the norm for both men and women in the United States, and a majority of physicians smoked. At the same time, there was rising public anxiety about the health risks of cigarette smoking. One strategic response of tobacco companies was to devise advertising referring directly to physicians. As ad campaigns featuring physicians developed through the early 1950s, tobacco executives used the doctor image to assure the consumer that their respective brands were safe.

These advertisements also suggested that the individual physicians’ clinical judgment should continue to be the arbiter of the harms of cigarette smoking even as systematic health evidence accumulated. However, by 1954, industry strategists deemed physician images in advertisements no longer credible in the face of growing public concern about the health evidence implicating cigarettes. ” * Story about how doctors deceived the public about smoking  


Declawing started in the 50’s by an unethical vet named Dr Misener. The AVMA celebrated him as a doctor who invented a “humane procedure to declaw cats.” Here is what the AVMA said about Misener in his obituary on the AVMA website.


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Here is a story from 1952 in the AVMA’s JAVMA.misenerstory


This is the Resco torture tool that many vets still use to amputate the toe bones on a cat and that the AVMA calls “humane.” They put the cat’s toe bone inside the cutting part of it and crush off the bone. rescoe


Here is just one of the sad stories about the millions of cats who have been horrifically declawed by this rescoe trimmer method. Ozmin the declawed cat


AVMA Declawing video NYSVMS Propaganda that they sent to legislators

Here are just some of the deceptive advertising for declawing from New York veterinarian’s websites. aldenvet-copy


This was on the NYSVMS President’s website saying that laser declaw is more humane (yet she also offers the old school less humane way at her practice) NYSVMS President and declawing  cheektowagalaseroct2015website-copy


This is from an AAHA hospital, Blue Springs Animal Hospital in Missouri. Their front desk person says to first time cat owners who ask about declawing is that there are no negative consequences for a cat to be declawed, except that they should be indoor cats. They say their laser seal nerve endings and cauterizes and “makes for a nice procedure for these guys.”   They say they do “countless declaws” there.  They tell a first time cat owner that the reason most people declaw is for scratching kids, furniture, or tearing up a leather couch. When a first time cat owner asks the vet tech that has been doing that for 18 yrs how they do it and if it is inhumane, she says, “it is like taking off the first knuckle in your finger but in a cat, that is all claw so that’s what they are removing and there is no long term damage to their health by doing that.”   When a first time cat owner asks what’s best, 2 or 4 paw declaw, she says that they “prefer to just do the front but if your cat uses it’s back feet to get away from you and ends up scratching you, that can be an issue if you have elderly people or children”,  but that the cat can’t defend themselves so they must stay inside. Never once did they suggest the humane alternatives like trimming nails or

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From Pet Day Surgery veterinary practice in PA.  Pet Day Surgery  Pet Day Fb page


Here’s another vet practice in Ohio that says it is best to declaw a kitten when it is young. They even say their four paw declaw amputations are for people with thin skin, health issues, or those in a nursing home. Urbana Vet Clinic  urbanadeclaw

DECLAWING, EDUCATE, ANIMAL ABUSE, LICENSED VET, LAW, REPORT

DECLAWING, EDUCATE, ANIMAL ABUSE, LICENSED VET, LAW, REPORT

We Must Educate People that Declawing is Animal Abuse! The bill to ban declawing in NY will be back on the table in January so it will be a huge fight to pass this important cat protection bill.

The NYSVMS told their vet members in an email in the summer of 2016 after they defeated this declawing bill, “NYSVMS will ALWAYS aggressively defend the licensed veterinarian’s right to make medical treatment decisions that are in the best interest of their patients.” NYSVMS Aggressively Defend Comments

NEWSFLASH. DECLAWING IS NEVER IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF A CAT. But obviously if declawing was banned then it would hurt the pocketbooks of pro-declaw vets.

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This is a screenshot from the July/August NYSVMS Connections Newsletter.

Let’s thank the NYSVMS for reminding us in the image of the cat on their newsletter, that we must use our VOICES and be ADVOCATES to EDUCATE the public and CAT OWNERS that DECLAWING is ANIMAL ABUSE and that we must protect all cats from LICENSED VETs who are doing this mutilating and inhumane procedure!


Here is the President’s message to all her vets in this 2016 JULY AUG newsletter. NYSVMS Publications July Aug newsletter  nysvms-july-2016

Here are the President of the NYSVMS, Dr Sue Wylegala’s words to her NY vets with some examples from me on how she lead, educated, advocated, and protected her vets.


“The 2016 legislative session ended June 18.  NYSVMS fulfilled our mission statement to

LEAD, NYSVMS LEAD A TOUR & TASTING TO THE FOIE GRAS TORTURE FARM      NYSVMS PRES SAYS THE BILL TO BAN DECLAWING IS, “detrimental to animals and their owners.”

 

 

EDUCATE – (First time cat owner asks this NYSVMS board member’s veterinary group practice if declawing is ok to do to a cat and they say, “Absolutely, we do many… 100’s of declaws and I’ve been here 15 yrs and we use laser and it’s much more better, there no bleeding and it’s terrific. I’ve had my own cats declawed and not to worry.”

 

ADVOCATE- (When a first time cat owner asks for a neuter and declaw this NYSVMS President’s veterinary staff says in an email, “We like to combine the surgeries (declaw and neuter for a kitten) because it is one stress on the body, and he’s only getting anesthesia once.”

 

PROTECT THE PROFESSION OF VETERINARY MEDICINE-  (First time cat owner asks about a declaw at this NYSVMS President’s practice and they ask, “just the front you are looking for, or all four?” Cat owner says, all four, and employee says, “If you are looking at all four declaw, that would be $388 plus pain meds you would go home with, we do recommend blood work and ekg prior to having an anesthetic. The blood work is $86 and the EKG is $57. Everything included, with the traditional way, it is $705 or $795 for laser.”

 

Dr Susan Wylegala, Pres of the NYSVMS, goes on to say in her NYSVMS newsletter, “I have never been prouder of this organization and our members. Irrespective of the issue, our mission is to educate legislators that NYSVMS is the premier organization to provide advice on issues affecting veterinary medicine and animal health. Declawing propaganda that the NYSVMS put out for the NY Legislators

 

 


HERE ARE MORE WORDS IN THE JULY/AUG NYSVMS CONNECTIONS NEWSLETTER ABOUT THE BILL IN NY THAT WOULD HAVE BANNED DECLAWING IF PASSED BUT WAS DEFEATED BY THE NYSVMS.


MORE WORDS FROM THE NYSVMS  ABOUT HOW THEY DEFEATED OUT CAT PROTECTION BILL THIS YEAR.

Declawing of Cats    July Aug Connections

NYSVMS worked throughout the 2016 session to combat legislation that would prohibit the declawing of cats in nearly all circumstances.

Assemblywoman Rosenthal (A.1297-A) and Senator Griffo (S.5084-A) sponsored legislation that would prohibit the declawing of cats (onychectomy) in all circumstances, except when “necessary for a therapeutic purpose” such as the diagnosis of a disease in the cat. NYSVMS believes declawing is a serious medical procedure and the choice to perform one is a decision which should be left to the sound discretion of fully trained, licensed, and state supervised professionals operating within appropriate standards of practice. In addition, NYSVMS believes that declawing should be considered only after a complete education about the procedure and full briefings on alternatives, where the claws present a health risk to an owner, or where serious attempts to stop a cat’s destructive behavior have failed. However, declawing is often an alternative for owners that may otherwise leave their pet at a shelter, which can lead to euthanasia.

NYSVMS issued a Memorandum in Opposition to the legislation, and actively advocated against the bill throughout the 2016 legislative session. The legislation did not pass in either House of the Legislature.

Maybe you can respectfully inspire this President of the NYSVMS to honor her oath and lead her profession down a humane path like her colleagues in the United Kingdom and other countries where they consider declawing to be mutilation and they don’t perform it.   staff@nysvms.org

NYSVMS President and board members practices and how they address declawing

These are some of the hundreds of declawed cats in New York that are in shelters and rescues near this 2016 NYSVMS President’s veterinary practice, Cheektowaga Animal hospital and near the 2015 NYSVMS President’s practice Apple Country Veterinary Hospital. nysvms-collage-photos1


Here are screenshots from the NYSVMS newsletter with the 2015 Pres of NYVMS, Dean Snyder, of Apple Country Veterinary Hospital bragging how they stopped the declawing bill in 2015. I was quite appalled at his words. Snyder’s Apple Country Veterinary Hospital front desk staff tells first time cat owners, who called earlier this year for a price for declaws and who were concerned if declawing is bad for their cat, to not worry. His people tell you that he uses a “healing laser” after he amputates the cat toes, they get a lot of cats coming through there for declaws, that he does a lot of declaws and even his own cats, and they are all fine, and his declaw/neuter price is $468. His front desk person doesn’t mention one thing about humane alternatives. Just google his name and declawing and you will see all the news stories where he says things like, “we have the finesse to do the procedure, and within two days (the cat) is happy, their owner is happy.” nysvms2nysvms3

Medieval Torture – The American Declaw Procedure

Medieval Torture – The American Declaw Procedure

Here is a post from facebook that shows you how cat owners are being deceived by so many vets about declawing.

One of the cat owners in this post was going to not go through with the amputation surgery but as you can see, they talked her into declawing her cat.

This vet practice is in Illinois.

We must try to educate cat owners about how declawing is inhumane and wrong, so that all cats are protected from the horrible hands of vets who do this torture and mutilation to cats.

This vet makes $8.65 for each toe bone she amputates. (front declaw)  $6.40 for each toe bone she amputates on the 4 paw declaws. (They will only do your cat on all four paws if you have leather furniture or are on blood thinners)

It is OPTIONAL to get any pain meds for your cat and their declaw surgery and it is up to you if you want to buy them they say. They can do an injection of pain meds on the day of the surgery which they say lasts till the next day and that costs $12.50 . If you want to get pain meds to take home, those cost $7.50.

Any kind of amputation surgery is VERY painful. Why would ANY doctor offer pain medication as an option and not have it be mandatory?


clipper-declaw-videoHere is an example of the clipper method from Dr Keith Webb from Pet Doctor Rockwall Veterinary Hospital in Texas, DogandCat.com (This is not from veterinary practice that declawed the cat in this story)  WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO SHOWING THE AMPUTATION OF CAT TOES WITH THE CLIPPER METHOD from Pet Doctor Rockwall Veterinary Hospital,Texas  


I’ve been told by other vets that most pet owners do not buy the “optional” meds for procedures.


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Just to confirm things on this post, I had my FBI team look into how they address declawing at this Illinois vet practice. #IsYourVetHonest

They called as a first time cat owner who didn’t know much about declawing and wanted the veterinary professional’s advice.

The person at the front desk asks you if you want two paws declawed when you ask for a price. When you ask what do they suggest, the nice person asks, “Will they be able to go outside?” No. “I would just do the two front ones but it’s entirely up to you.”

The two paw declaw is $86.50 and the four paw declaw is $127.50.

When a first time cat owner asks if there are any negative consequences and how the doctor does the declaws the front desk person says, “She cuts them at the knuckle. We have not had complications.”

She says this about the method the doc does the declaws (guillotine clipper) “She has done quite a few of them. She went to vet school and said they are quicker and easier on the animals.The laser might be better but she didn’t say anything about the laser, But heard that the scalpel is not as clean as what her clippers are.”


For more information about declawing, they let you talk to the nice vet tech about your concerns about reading things on the internet that say declawing is inhumane and bad for a cat.

The vet tech reassures you and says, “The way the doctor does it here is with clippers. She takes the very first knuckle off that way the claw does not grow back.  I have my cats all declawed and I’ve never had any complications. You have those other anti-declaw groups that say it does this and this and this to cats but I’ve never had any of those issues with my cat. I’ve had 3 declawed and one was 18 yrs old when she passed away. So it’s just kind of your perspective on it.”

She said there are several different theories on why some may consider declawing to be inhumane and bad for a cat and explained, “it’s just like one person says a glass of red wine at night is good for you and another person says a glass of red wine at night isn’t good for you. Everything has different outlooks on it.”

She said their paws will be “tender” while they heal since you are taking the first knuckle off.

She said it’s a very common procedure there, probably a couple a week. She said they are usually back to normal within 14 days.

She also said, “They can get this phantom pain where they lift a random leg and hold one paw up and the next time you look at them they hold another paw up. My cat did that for about 7 months but it wasn’t painful because I would grab it and I’d squeeze and look and it was never painful, he just wanted to hold his paws up.”

When the first time cat owners asked if cats need their toe bones and claws for any aspects of their health and well being, the vet tech said, “Not unless the cat gets outside and needs to defend itself. Then it will probably need its claws.”

When the first time cat owner was still concerned if declawing was bad or hurts a cat the vet tech said, “It’s just like a human when they go under anesthetic, you don’t feel good over the next couple of days until you get your sleep and you sleep off the pain.”

 Cat owner asked about getting all four paws done. The vet tech asked, “Is there a reason you are doing four paws because the normal is to declaw the front two. The only reason we declaw the back is if they have leather (furniture) and they are totally destroying them or if someone is on a blood thinner. But typically if they are just scratching at something , declawing the front two work out just fine.”


A survey of over 1000 veterinarians by Wagner and Hellyer (JAVMA Dec. 1, 2002) found that 30% administered no pain medication after declaw surgery.

 

 

 

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Pet Owners Can Dictate Vet Medicine As Long As Vets Make Money From It

Pet Owners Can Dictate Vet Medicine As Long As Vets Make Money From It

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 American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) says vet surgery can be dictated by owners.



If you ask an AAHA vet to amputate your dogs paws because it is digging holes in your back yard, will they do it?

If a dog owner calls up their vet and says that they want their dog declawed because it is ruining their new hardwood floors, will they do it? (Most won’t but there are a few like this one who will) HHS Board Member Declaws Dogs and Cats

If your cat is peeing all over the house and you ask your AAHA vet to remove one kidney as a warning, will they do it?

If your cat is jumping on your kitchen counter and you ask your AAHA vet to remove one paw to teach her a lesson, will they do it?

If you think your cat is fat and you ask your AAHA vet to give him a tummy tuck, will they do it?

If your dog is chewing up your pillows and you ask your AAHA vet to remove all of his teeth, will they do it? (Most won’t but here is one that did at the 8 min mark of this video) Oregon Senator testifies for declawing bill

If pet owners started to ask for these mutilating and unnecessary surgeries and some AAHA vets started doing them, I’m fairly certain AAHA would say that they are against doing all of these unnecessary and inhumane surgeries and would say that they are forbidden at AAHA practices.

AAHA says they are STRONGLY OPPOSED to declawing, knows it is wrong and inhumane, and yet ALLOWS cat owners to be the ones to make that decision for their cats, which is NEVER in the best interest of a cat.

Most AAHA vets declaw cats and make good money doing that inhumane surgery, so AAHA won’t make their declawing position mandatory at AAHA hospitals or put in any standards for declawing.


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A cat owner and supporter of our important cause to end declawing recently reached out to AAHA and asked them these questions in regards to their position statement on declawing and why they don’t have any standards of care for declawing.


Here is the email from the cat owner to AAHA-

 On July 21, during a BlogPaws chat featuring the AAHA, I raised the issue of declawing. A representative of the AAHA asked me to send a message with my e-mail address so we could continue the conversation outside of Twitter. . At first, I asked about your position statement on declawing and I was directed to your statement on your web site. My question (that prompted your request to carry on the conversation in private), was why practices are not evaluated on their declawing practices as a part of the accreditation process.

Cats are essentially being maimed for no health benefit – in fact, declawing has been associated with a variety of health problems over the lives of declawed cats. Why would you not create standards to ensure that the practices you endorse are at least following your position statement? Why would you not evaluate practices based on their use of declawing? I find it hypocritical that you claim your accreditation means something when your standards don’t address an issue that vets would prefer not to be evaluated on. How many other issues do you not evaluate because vets ask you not to or because it would result in a significant loss of income for your members? If your concern is first and foremost with quality care, why would you bend on this issue?

You might ask why this issue is important to me. When I was younger, my family adopted a cat named Kitty. Twenty-five years ago, when this happened, before it became public knowledge of just how horrible it is, the vet didn’t so much ask, “Do you want her declawed” as assumed that we’d want her declawed at the same time she was spayed.

I don’t think my parents’ so much made a choice as just went along with what was presented to them as the norm. I will never forget bringing her home from the vet after the surgery (I was 13 or 14). I set her down and her paws broke open and blood flew everywhere.

At that point, I didn’t care what the vet said or what other people said – our cat was in unnecessary pain. We called the vet and they said we could bring her back in but that there was nothing they could really do. I held her in my lap (so she didn’t walk and bleed more), both of us covered in her blood, for 10 HOURS while the rest of my family went about their business. She wasn’t a touchy-feely cat, so this prolonged contact was stressful for her as well. But TEN HOURS of yowling in pain until she lost her voice and fell asleep with exhaustion and I could leave her to go to the bathroom and get something to eat.

NEVER, EVER, EVER again. I’ve never really forgiven my parents for that because it became obvious to me in the first few minutes after we brought her home that it was a HUGE, GLARING, UNFORGIVABLE MISTAKE.

This is an emotional topic for me. I look at parts of the world that already ban declawing and I can’t help but think that our lack of doing so is selfishness.

If you demand high quality from the vets your accredit, why do you not hold the line on declawing? It would seem to me that if you claim accreditation bestows honor on a practice, that your intentions would be honorable as well.

Katherine

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ANSWER FROM AAHA SPOKESWOMAN in July 2016-

Dear Katherine,

 Thank you for reaching out, and for participating in our July BlogPaws chat.

 I understand that this is an emotional topic – as a pet owner myself, I know how incredibly difficult it is to see one of your animals in pain.

   None of our position statements are mandatory standards that accredited practices must follow – position statements demonstrate where AAHA as an organization stands on various welfare issues.

Their purpose is very different from that of our standards.They are not intended to establish a standard of practice that veterinary hospitals must follow.

As an organization, AAHA strongly opposes declawing and encourages veterinarians’ efforts to educate cat owners on positive alternatives to declawing. Similarly, AAHA also opposes canine devocalization, tail docking, and ear cropping.

   Ultimately, the responsibility and final power rests with the pet owner as to whether or not they choose to declaw their cat, or dock their dog’s tail.

It is up to the pet owner to make the decision that is right for his or her pet.

While veterinarians are there to help counsel a pet owner on a possible course of action, the ultimate decision maker is the pet owner.  Part of being a responsible pet owner is being an advocate for your pet and making the choice that is in their best interest – while a veterinary hospital is a partner in that choice, it is not their choice to make at the end of the day.

 Thanks again for reaching out, and for being an advocate for cats.

 Best,
Kate

 Katherine Wessels, Senior Manager, Communications, American Animal Hospital Association, 12575 W Bayaud Ave, Lakewood, CO  80228-2021

Kate.wessels@aaha.org, Office: 720-616-1783 |


*** AAHA is opposed to non-anesthesia dentals and makes it MANDATORY for their hospitals. MANDATORY DENTAL PRESS RELEASE FROM AAHA AAHA DENTALS


 

This cat owner sent me a note with her concerns about AAHA’s answers-

I love how the woman didn’t even answer my question about why there aren’t standards for vets in regard to declawing. Instead, they cling to that stupid position statement and hope that no one notices that they could very easily adapt standards related to declawing (as a condition of accreditation).

I don’t understand why they won’t. Vets CHOOSE to be accredited. I’m sure some vets chose not to because they disagree with other standards – so it’s not like anyone would have to abide by the standards.

It just makes me so incredibly mad because they could really set an example and they choose not to. It’s hypocritical at best (aren’t their standards to ensure quality and good practice for vets?).

They brag about these wonderful standards and top vets attaining their accreditation but it doesn’t seem genuine when you consider they could very easily set standards for declawing. I’d be interested in seeing the statistics for declawing between AAHA accredited vets and non-accredited vets. After checking out the accredited practices in the area, they are the vets more run as businesses vs. practices.

My hypothesis is that they probably declaw more than non-accredited practices – because they are more money motivated. I know I’m preaching to the choir here. But the AAHA really left a sour taste in my mouth on this issue.

Katherine


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Here are some comments from veterinarians about the answer that the AAHA spokeswoman gave to this cat owner.


Veterinarian 1- “AAHA Veterinary offices that offer non-anesthetic dentals are automatically disqualified from accreditation. 

What is troubling is that the AAHA rep seems to be laying all of the responsibility for making medical decisions in the pet owner’s lap.  While technically this may be true, pet owners are receiving guidance from their veterinarian. That is what I get paid for. 

As a veterinarian, I don’t just do whatever the client wants me to do because they are the ultimate decision maker.  I give my clients all legitimate medical options regarding the best care for their pet and we go from there.  If the pet owner wants to do something that is medically inappropriate like declawing, they need to find themselves a new veterinarian. 

 Suggesting that veterinarians carry no responsibility for the outcomes of treatments they recommended is kind of nuts.  Pet owners rely on our expertise and judgement when they make decisions.

Just like the AVMA (and AAFP), AAHA represents its membership.  The calculus here is the question of if a stronger position statement on declawing will be perceived as detrimental to member veterinarians.

 Like any business, they want to maximize their membership.  Not pissing veterinarians off is a good way to do that.   It’s politics and economics.  Until a majority of veterinarians want to see the practice stopped, AVMA (and AAFP) and AAHA are unlikely to take a stronger stand.”


Veterinarian 2- “AAHA sets its own guidelines. Why doesn’t it simply say that declawing is below the standard of care?”


Veterinarian 3- It’s ridiculous to “leave it to the owner” to make the right decision for their pet. That should be a veterinarian’s place to know this is NOT in the cat’s best interest.

If they are against this procedure as a whole, enough to form a committee and draft a position statement, it should be a standard of practice.

They dictate how vets practice in other areas, methods of sterility, anesthesia, pain management right down to the material of surgery room garbage cans (have to be stainless steel) and how deep a sink has to be, all in the interest of the animal. So why not AT LEAST make it a non-mandatory standard?”


Veterinarian 4 – Veterinarians work with owners to come up with treatment plans for their pets but owners do not mandate what a vet should do. There is truth to the fact that owners can decline treatments and we give them choices of treatments. But owners do not tell me how to practice medicine and can’t make me do things to their pets I don’t feel is in their best interest.

 Owners can choose to follow my recommendations or not and vice versa. I have never compromised my values for an owner. Owners have no authority to make me perform any treatment I don’t consider in the pets best interest and that includes declawing or convenience euthanasia.


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These are some of the many disgusting examples of how hundreds of cats are being unnecessarily tortured, maimed, and harmed by AAHA veterinarians who declaw cats.


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Here is an AAHA hospital that promotes their laser declaws (even all four paw declaws.) Remember the laser machines cost around $35,000 so they have to do a lot of declaws to pay them back.  Heartland Animal Hospital PC, Illinois Laser Declaw


Here is an AAHA vet that likes to promote his laser declaw in a video and at the 20 second mark , the cat appears to pull his paw away as the vet puts the burning laser beam on the claw  AAHA Laser Declaw Vet Video


AAHA allows their vets to promote declawing, offer coupons for declawing, not require take home pain meds for two paw declawed cats, talk cat owners OUT of the humane alternatives, and lie to and deceive  cat owners about the facts about declawing and say that there are no long term negative consequences to declawing.


Here are more appalling examples of AAHA’s double standards and declawing AAHA’s Double Standards



And last note on this. AAHA says this in their declawing position statement,”AAHA believes the current data regarding behavioral issues following declaw is insufficient and will evaluate new scientific information as it becomes available.”    (Sounds like the AVMA deceit that they say there are no scientific studies that show declawed cats have behavioral issues) AVMA Declawing Propaganda

It’s a fact that there ARE many studies that show that declawed cats have more behavioral issues and ALSO AAHA rejects studies that show there are behavioral issues and pain in declawed cats. 

But they do accept studies like this one involving TWO CATS, to help their vets see a more affordable way to inhumanely amputate cat’s toe bones with Radio Frequency and this study says it is a “reasonable alternative” to laser declaw. It also says, “RF is not accompanied by the strict safety considerations and initial expense of acquisition of a CO2 laser.”  In other words, it’s cheaper and easier to buy a radio frequency unit than a $35,000 laser machine to burn off the toe bones. Radio Frequency vs Laser Declaw


If you have an AAHA practice in your city, please find out how much they charge to amputate cat’s toes and claws and what kind of mutilating torture tool they use.  Guillotine clippers, radio frequency, laser, or scalpel)

You can go to AAHA.org and under “pet owners” you can search for AAHA hospitals near you.

  Then email me to citythekitty@gmail.com so I can add all this data to an important list that I’m compiling.

It’s a COUCH. It is replaceable. His claws are not.

It’s a COUCH. It is replaceable. His claws are not.

Here is a note I received from an awesome cat owner. She truly cares about the welfare of her cats and just uses commonsense and care when it comes to her health conditions and living with her cats with claws.


oliver2Dear City,

I have heard some pretty ridiculous reasons for why people declaw their cats. Compromised immune systems, furniture, behavioral issues… all of them being listed as “good” reasons to declaw. 

I have two autoimmune diseases: inflammatory bowel disease and endometriosis.

I have contracted MRSA and c. diff twice, my second home is the hospital, and I get sick very easily. Last year, I was receiving chemotherapy and taking immunosuppressants & prednisone, all of which made me more vulnerable to infections. Is this a good reason to declaw my cats? No. I wear layers to protect my skin from bacteria and I wash my skin after I interact with them.

Because of the IBD, I required emergency life-saving surgery. My entire colon was removed and I now have a permanent ileostomy. My cats love sitting on my belly and my lap. Is it possible for them to accidentally puncture my ostomy appliance? Very! Is this a good reason to declaw? Never! It is easier for me to just put a new appliance on than to give a cat its fingertips back after being removed. It’s not that big a deal to change my appliance. Inconvenient, yes. But I would never choose my appliance over my cats’ claws and comfort.

My American Shorthair, Oliver, hates scratching posts. He prefers the couch. I can completely surround the couch with appropriate scratching alternatives and he will reach over them to scratch the couch. I can spray the couch with deterrent and lemon juice. He doesn’t care, he will still scratch it.

Oh well, it’s a COUCH. It is replaceable. His claws are not. His fingertips are not. Will I purchase an expensive replacement couch? Probably not. Will both my cats keep their claws? Heck yes!

Oliver also has a long list of allergies, both food and environmental. He is allergic to every food except for peas, potatoes, and carrots. The protein source he is LEAST allergic to is fish, so he eats fish with those veggies for balance, as suggested by his vet. Yes, his belly hurts a lot. So yes, he bites very hard and digs his claws into me and my partner when he is upset or his belly hurts.

Is this a good reason to declaw? No!

It is communication and you’d better believe we listen to him! 

I cannot find a “good” reason to declaw a cat.

If you cannot change your lifestyle in order to have a cat, you do not understand what cats require and you do not deserve to have one in your family. 

Love,

Leelo


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