Declawing is NOT recommended to protect the health of humans

Some uninformed and unethical pro-declaw veterinarians and pro-declaw folks promote declawing to stop cat scratch fever or to prevent the risk of injury to immune compromised cat owners or people with cancer or other health problems.

There are NO veterinary organizations that support declawing for human health reasons.

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 Here are the facts and according to all the rational and humane veterinarians and human health experts, declawing should NEVER be done for any reason, including cat scratch fever disease risks or for immune compromised people.

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“As for the potential harm to human health, declawing opponents note that the AIDS guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge patients not to engage in “rough play” with cats — but they specifically state “declawing is not advised.”

Hemophiliacs also aren’t especially vulnerable to minor cuts like cat scratches, even though their blood-clotting ability is compromised, according to the National Hemophilia Foundation.

Cancer patients can keep their cats, but need to take precautions against bites and scratches, according to The American Cancer Society.” From a 2017 CBS story by Jonathan Berr.

VCA Animal Hospitals banned declawing on Feb. 21st, 2020 and issued a policy statement. Here is a paragraph from this policy.

“The Centers for Disease Control, the WHO, the National Institutes of Health, the US Public Health Service, and the Canadian Medical Association all agree that declawing cats belonging to owners who are immunocompromised is “not advised.” AAHA and AAFP agree. We do not believe that declawing a cat to protect human health is a valid reason, and in fact, it could quite possibly give people a false sense of security and put these people in jeopardy of being bitten, which is usually far more threatening to the health of a human than a scratch would be. If the declawed cat were to stop using the litterbox and leave excrement in other parts of the house, that, too, is dangerous for immunocompromised people. We believe common sense methods of protecting oneself from cat scratches are enough. Declawing is not the solution.”

Here is VCA’s full statement about this new policy. VCA’s 2020 declawing policy