Pet doctor: Declawing is painful; try some alternatives
Declawing a cat involves removing the third bone of digits and is a painful procedure performed by a veterinarian while the cat is under anesthesia. Veterinarian Christie Long writes that most veterinarians suggest several ways to curtail destructive cat scratching before agreeing to declaw a cat, including adding scratching posts treated with catnip to the home.
Does declawing a cat cause pain? I have no doubt that it does. Amongst veterinarians and those involved in animal welfare, declawing is extremely controversial, with many veterinarians refusing to perform the procedure and entire cities in California and elsewhere enacting bans against it.
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