I am cross posting this from a cat related forum I use (hope no one minds!) This is very close to my heart and I do hope that no one will see this as ridiculous as its our furbabes that really matter here! http://www.petitionthem.com/default.asp ... l&pet=4312
Unbelievably even though declawing is banned in over 25 countries, including the UK, cat owners in the USA are still having kittens and cats declawed. Declawing is actually a misnomer because as cats claws are really part of the bone of the toe their toes are amputated at the last knuckle joint, a bit like us losing the ends of all our fingers and toes and of course cats still have to use their sore paws to walk on, groom, stretch and scratch in litter trays with.
According to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines declawing should be a last resort for clawing problems (though I disagree with declawing for any but dire medical reasons) and yet some veterinary practices offer it routinely along with neutering and vaccination as a "package" for kittens, hardly last resort when the kittens have barely had the chance to gain control of their claws let alone demonstrate whether or not they're going to use them destructively. The reasons people give for declawing are that they don't want their furniture or curtains clawed, they have young children or they don't want their cats to scratch each other, but how do they think people in more enlightened countries have managed for many years without resorting to amputating cats toes? None of our children have come to any harm, a swift scratch has taught them a valuable lesson in not mithering cats. The fact is that they are too idle to buy scratching posts and train their cat how to use them.
We have a petition here http://www.petitionthem.com/default.asp ... l&pet=4312
calling on the AVMA for a ban on declawing, because although many vets now refuse to do it there are still many more that are prepared to do it and who make big money from it. People have said why bother, it's America not here? But cats are cats and all cats deserve to keep the claws they were born with.
We have met up and become friendly with Annie Bruce a USA author and cat behaviourist who along with colleagues has been trying for fifteen years to get a ban so it's going to be a long hard battle but we will fight on until cats toes are no longer amputated for the sake of a sofa.
Here is our group dedicated to the cause http://clawsforever.ning.com/