Animal Update: The Truth Behind Declawing

(CBS SF) – Declawing cats – that’s today’s topic on Animal Update with Dr. Jack Aldridge, Director of Veterinary Services at the San Francisco SPCA.

There is some controversy about whether or not it’s inhumane to declaw cats.

“Many people see declawing as a quick fix if a cat is shredding the furniture or scratching people,” reasoned Aldridge. “The San Francisco SPCA will not perform declawing surgery and we never recommend it. Declawing cats can have serious medical and behavioral consequences and most true cat lovers consider it inhumane and unnecessary.”

“It’s illegal to perform this surgery in San Francisco,” he continued.

KCBS’ Jeff Bell reports:

What’s involved in declawing?

“Declawing involves surgery under anesthesia to amputate the first joint of each toe, including the bone. This can be a painful procedure,” Aldridge warned, “and sometimes results in infection and lameness.”

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  • Kathleen Hickman

    As a former veterinary technician, I want to thank you for this article. I believe the majority of the general public has no idea what declawing really entails or why so many cat lovers consider it inhumane. This is because for too long, the majority of the American veterinary establishment has been failing to give pet guardians all the facts about declawing. Thank you to all ethical and compassionate vets who actually tell the whole truth about this mutilating and completely unnecessary procedure, and thank you to journalists who are helping to get the truth to the public.

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