Declawing is NOT recommended for Immune compromised people-FACTS

ClawsSome uninformed and unethical pro-declaw veterinarians promote declawing to stop cat scratch fever or to prevent the risk of injury to immune compromised cat owners.

The AVMA is the only big organization that condones declawing for this reason even though the facts show why declawing should NOT be performed for these “immune compromised” reasons.

(The ASPCA recently removed the immune compromised excuse from their declawing position statement.)

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 Here are the facts and according to all the modern thinking, educated, 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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Cat scratch disease (CSD), also known as cat scratch fever or human bartonellosis, is a disease of humans, not of cats. Although a cat scratch is often associated with the disease, this is not believed to be the means by which infection occurs. A microorganism called Bartonella henselae is the most common cause of this disease.

There is currently no scientific consensus on the role of declawing and CSD prevention. Because B. henselae is transmitted by fleas and other biting insects, flea prevention is important in reducing the risk of CSD transmission. It is not the cat’s claws that cause the disease. It is infected flea dirt under the claws that is transmitted into the human body when scratched. The disease can also be transmitted by getting infected flea feces on our hands and transferring it into an eye or open wound. Transmission of CSD has also been reported from bite wounds. This is thought to occur because a cat licked infected flea feces from its skin and the organism was present in the saliva when it bit a human.

What steps can I take to reduce my risk of CSD?
  • Keep your cat’s nails trimmed short.
  • Keep all your pets on year-round flea control.
  • Keep your cat indoors.
  • Avoid rough play with your cat.
  • Wash any bites or scratches immediately with soap or disinfectant. Ernest Ward, DVM