Originally Posted by HappilyRetired
I believe that lack of knowledge is the main problem, and I blame ANY vet who at least doesn't try to talk a client out of declawing.
I believe you're right. Education and knowledge is crucial. Years ago, before TCS and before internet even, we adopted from a little boy that was pulling a wagon full of kittens through the neighborhood. He was my first kitten as an adult. He was a blue long-haired polydactyl, 6 toes on every foot.
The first thing I did when he was old enough was to schedule him for his neuter and declawing appointment. What did I know? I thought I was doing the right thing then. No one ever said anything to us. The only thing the vet said was he had never seen a cat with 6 toes on every
foot. And we had all four done <gasp>. He was an indoor cat so I never had to worry about him outside... Plus - we got a package deal. It was cheaper to have both procedures done at the same time because they only had to use the anesthesia once.
I wish I knew then what I know now.
Anyway, now I would never have a cat declawed now. All of my cats have their claws and they dont really scratch up the furniture or woodwork.
In fact over the summer, I overheard an acquaintance of mine on the phone. She was talking to a potential renter (her and her husband are 'landlords') Anyway, the person on the other end must have asked if having cats were OK, because this lady replied with, "As long as they're declawed"
When she got off the phone I asked her why she was more worried about the claws then she was about whether or not the cat was altered. If I was a landlord, I'd be less concerned about the cat scratching the woodwork, and more concerned about them spaying all over the house!
I mean really.
I did explain to her what is involved with having a cat declawed. But she didnt seem to care - wasnt her cat.
Anyway, I agree with the education thing. But I think I really agree with what the UK does! Shame we dont follow in their footsteps!