Originally Posted by mybabyphx
I feel that there were some pretty rude posts. We don't want to scare away any new members. There are members on TCS that have declawed their cats, just the majority of people don't believe in it. In the past (before I knew better) I had my cats all declawed. You going to scream at me too? Maybe this person has a really good explanation for doing this? You don't know!
If anyone would like to talk more about declawing/not declawing their cats; feel free to PM me. I won't bite I promise
Anyway, back on topic. I think I would have been pretty upset with that vet for going ahead without my permission. I do NOT believe in having the babies terminated UNLESS their is a medical problem that it MUST be done.
Nobody `screamed at' anyone. Amputation is actually a perfectly medically correct description of a declaw because that is exactly what happens. It's not removing the claws, it's removing the bone - the same as if you had all of your first finger joints removed. The medical and psychological implications are many and complicated, and it is on the list of punishable offences of felony animal cruelty by the RSPCA in this country.
As this board is primarily about animal welfare, and as declawing is an issue of welfare (which is why it is illegal in just about every country except the US) and as this board is about promoting
welfare, declawing is a hot topic and people can get very angry about it.
That has not happened here at all. Despite the views I know that every single poster holds about this, everyone has stayed quiet and calm and polite - which is part of the reason this is such a lovely board. If our aim is to educate, occasionally people are not going to like what we have to say. To the OP's credit, she did not leave the board after that one comment, and hopefully she will stay and continue to explore the wonderful world of cats with us, and learn more about this procedure and many other welfare issues. I hope this is the case - everyone here welcomes all cat lovers with open arms, and many who don't know much about declawing or other welfare issues stick around and learn and realise that we are never against anybody here, but only ever thinking in terms of what is best for cats.
As for the abortion/spay - I think it is disgraceful that the vet would go ahead without permission and then have the cheek to charge extra for it. Despite all the missed calls and messages, if you can't contact someone, you don't go ahead. This happened to my Auntie - she went into hospital for routine abdominal surgery and the doctor gave her a hysterectomy without asking anyone's permission - her husband was right outside! They sued and won. She wanted more kids and was never able to have them - and worst of all, it was determined afterwards that the hysterectomy was unnecessary anyway.
Why should it be any different with our cats? They cannot speak for themselves so it is up to us to speak for them. The vet had no right whatsoever to do this procedure and I feel that the OP is within her rights to refuse to pay for any of it at all.