Originally Posted by eburgess
I'm going to disagree with you many of the point you have made. No vet would push any procedure on anyone. and anyone who would blindly do anything vet says without research is, in my mind, stupid. You wouldn't let yourself go under the knife without knowing any and all risks and benifits of the procedure, why would you dothat to your pets!!
Not every pet owner is so inquisitive, most take an animal to a vet and listen to their advice. It is very easy for an owner to be misled [intentionally or not] by a veterinarian without knowing any different. Same can be said about going to any doctor. People generally goto a doctor because they have a problem that they hope the doctor can solve. When a solution is offered, they generally don't resist.
There are indeed plenty of dishonest veterinarians out there, not the majority, but enough to give the good ones a bad name.
Spaying/Neutering, Declawing and Vaccinations are fairly common procedures in the USA, when a veterinarian reccomends any of these optional procedures, people rarely question it at all. When the vet says that if they neuter their male cat before he reaches sexual maturity that he won't spray foul smelling urine on everything in their house, people generally get the cat neutered. When the vet says after we declaw your cat, he won't tear your house to shreads, people generally get their cat declawed. It gets better, when the vet says, if you have both procedures done at the same time, it'll cost you less, people generally have both procedures done at the same time. The most frequently asked question, is about post-op care for the animal, not if the procedure is really necessary.
The majority of people in the United States who have their cats declawed, don't know that it isn't necessary.
The necessity for S/N and Vaccinations is well documented. Declawing, well, it's only documented to be medically feesible. What I'm trying to say here, Declawing can be done safely and with minimal negative effect to a cats health, but declawing doesn't often directly benefit the cats health either, thus there is no necessity
Declawing is merely an option, a preference per se, it will not hurt the cat but it won't exactly help the cat either. There are still a lot of vets that will push the procedure, without ever discussing alternate options with the owner. Plus, there are still a huge amount of owners that have only ever known declawing to be part of owning a cat, they simply do not know any different.
I know different, I have seen both, I have worked with both. I have had great success with alternative methods of controlling undesirable scratching problems, but I'm also not ashamed to admit that I would have a cat declawed if it provided a mutual benefit. I know a vet that does the procedure correctly, and I know that the procedure when done correctly is extremely humane. I have seen bad declaws, I know the procedure can be severely botched. I also know that for the most part, a scratching post and a good pair of nail clippers, have always worked EXTREMELY well for most of my cats.
Originally Posted by eburgess
Just b/c people get thier cats declawed does not mean they are irresponcible pet owners. They get it done b/c they feel it is nesscary NOT because they are "saving" the couch. If a cat is indoors all the time, I don't see why the owners should not be aloud to consider it.I didn't get Limerick declawed b/c it was an added expense and his scratching is not a problem.
The bottom line is the choice of to delcaw or not to delcaw should be left to the owner. Each cat is different and each situation is different. Find a vet you can trust, do your homework, know what is going to happen, then make your dission.
Right on the Money there!
From my experiences with having cats declawed, to actually assisting in declawing cats, and even based on my experience with some of the alternatives to declawing, my official stance on declawing is that it is an Option, and should remain an Option. I would love to see more veterinarians explain it as an option, and then allow the owner to make their own choice on the matter. I would also love to see declawing become nothing more than an option, rather than a 'family tradition'.
There is a lot of misinformation on declawing around, until owners understand what declawing really is, until they are properly informed, they simply will not know that they have a choice when it comes to declawing.
Knowledge is the key, give owners the information they need to make an educated choice, and let them make the choice.