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3/5/08 at 5:40am
|I like that this MSN article points out the conflicting findings in studies.|
Before I got my kitty, my DH was very firm that we would be declawing him. Having grown up with a clawed cat, I was not happy about it but decided to cross that bridge when I got him. Well, I started in the negatives to declawing and my DH was still not convinced. He said I was "drinking the Kool-Aid" on those websites that are anti-declaw and to not believe everything I read.
So, I wrote an e-mail to Dr Nicholas Dodman at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and asked if there were any real, scientific studies on the affects of declawing. He was out of town but actually had his secretary respond. They mailed me a study, I showed my DH, he was so impressed that this guy responded to me that he changed his mind. In the study, Dr. Dodman noted that what an owner considered a "success", the researchers considered a failure (for instance post-operative pain following surgery).
Anyhow, bottom line is studies on the effects of declawing are long over-due.