Originally Posted by rosiemac
Spotz, i won't ramble on either!
but yet AGAIN we beg to differ, because as i said before, like you the majority of us on TCS feel like this on the subject
but it says a lot to me when theres more people in the USA who are against it
And it's not that i'm shocked that the USA does declawing, i just can't see why it's necessary!
You are absolutely correct, it isn't necessary.
In some regards, I am quite happy that there are so many people against declawing, for the most part it is these people that are stimulating change both from owners and from veterinarians. I love that they are out there teaching people that ther are great alternatives to declawing, I love how some of them have actually made alternatives such as the nail caps. I love how they have encouraged a closer review of the procedure from some of the leading veterinary organizations in the country. All of this is good news. My disagreement with the anti-declaw camp, is not over the "necessity" of declawing [or lack thereof], but rather the gross misrepresentation of the procedure that is commonly offered.
There are rare instances where there is a medical reason for declawing. There are also limited cases where all the alternatives to declawing fail to work, cases where the cat continues to claw inappropriate items, regardless of the availability of scratching posts, nail caps, etc. These cases are far from the norm though. In such a case, where the owner has reached a point where regardless of the amount of time, and effort put towards alternative methods the scratching continues to be a terminal problem. There is really only two solutions, remove the cat and thus the ability of the animal to scratch, or have the claws humanely removed and keep the cat.
This is where I think the countries that have outlawed declawing are totally wrong, because they have removed the most humane choice[IMO]. The choice to keep the animal in a truely loving home, rather than having to remove the animal from an otherwise loving home. In this situation Declawing has merit, and the ability of a vet to perform a proper procedure in such a situation is highly beneficial to the animal and to the owner.
I don't think that Vets should push the procedure like some do, I know there are great vets out there that try their best to work with the owners on using alternatives first. I do really hate the fact that landlords and management companies are allowed to mandate declawing for their tenants, and do believe that this clause should be illegal. But I still am quite certain that declawing [done properly] has a function that can be mutually beneficial to both the cat and the owner. On the whole declawing is unnecessary, but the lack of necessity doesn't mean that it is wrong or cruel or inhumane.