Originally Posted by Creepyowl
I agree. My vet told me of the option when I took Em in for his first check up, but he didn't recommend it. He said training and other options (soft paws) is what he would use. But since it is legal in Canada he does have that option for those who want it.
I wish I could get the point across to this one woman I work with, Ann. She just had her second kitten declawed.......I went into the whole thing about the evils of it ..... she claims its better for the cat??? ::censor::censor::censor::
I have actually seen rare cases where the declaw was beneficial to the cat.
I do not believe in declawing as a practice for most cats; however I do believe that there is a proper method [see previous terse post] and that the procedure should not be banned. However that said, I would like to see it made Vet's discretion, and a certification for vets for this procedure be instituted, as well as basic requirements to be met before a declaw is warranted (ties to vet's discretion).
Back to the beneficial statement, cause I know y'all are wondering...lets take a immuno-deficient person, say one with HIV/AIDS, someone who is in a position to provide a level of care for the animal still, however that the risk of being scratched/cut by claws presents a medical threat. If the cat is properly declawed, then this threat is minimized, and the owner can spend more time interacting and devoting attention to the kitty, than if they constantly had to worry about avoiding being cut/scratched.
Again, an exceptional circumstance, however if the surgery is done in a competent fashion by a competent vet, then there is minimal short term and practically no long term harm to the cat.
Basically what I am saying here is that I totally agree that Declawing is a way to common practice, that the standard method of declawing is barbaric and prone to both long and short term complications. Education is probably the most important factor. There are plenty of alternatives to declawing, most very simple and extremely effective, however there are also times that a declaw surgery is warranted. Admittedly very few scenarios can/should warrant a declaw.
But outright banning declawing is not the right solution, in fact it would create a worse problem than it would solve. History has proven itself time and again, literally every single time that something has been banned; the ban has created worse problems. Prohibition is the first one that comes to mind, there's plenty more though. Bans do not promote equality, and they do not promote freedom of choice, so in the long term virtually every single ban will fail.