I’ve come to the conclusion that we are the ones who need to educate the old school vets about the truth and facts about declawing.
The younger vets that are deceiving cat owners about the facts about declawing, most likely know the truth but don’t want to lose the income from amputating cat toes, so they don’t tell their cat owner clients how bad declawing is for their cats.
Photos from Instagram of declawed cats posted by their owners.
Here are some of the sad examples of old school, declawing vets who just don’t seem to want to keep up on their veterinary 101 CE classes and learn the facts about how declawing is very inhumane, mutilating, and harmful for a cat’s health and well-being.
Their unethical veterinary associations are too busy using their resources and money to stop the anti-declawing legislation so that these declawing vets can still keep profiting from amputating cat’s toe bones and claws instead of helping educate these old farts about the newest declawing studies and information that show how harmful it is to a cat.
These old school declawing vets don’t counsel cat owners about the many humane alternatives and they don’t educate their clients about the awful truth about this barbaric toe amputation procedure. This is terribly wrong especially in a profession that is all about healing animals and easing their suffering.
Here is one example from a veterinary practice in Pennsylvania. These are some of the words they say on their laser declawing info on their website that one of you sent me.
“ We know how you feel!! While that little furry friend can cause great damage to your furniture, draperies, your clothes, and even your skin, you feel guilty about having kitty declawed. We know because we hear comments all the time from concerned pet owners just like you.
Did you know… that the laser used for performing the declaw is the same one used for removing wrinkles and varicose veins from people?
Seals nerve endings…Lasers cut tissue with a beam of light, which seals the nerve ending, so there is very little pain when kitty wakes up !!” “Consider having kitty declawed the same time as spaying or neutering. It is not only more cost effective, but it is less stressful and healthier for kitty.”
Here is the link to their laser declaw propaganda on their website. You will be SHOCKED at how they promote this mutilating procedure. Radbill Animal Hospital Laser Declaw Info
Their website says Wanda will give you more detailed info so I had some of my investigators look into what this she says about declawing and here is the info they gathered up.
Their laser declaw is $455 and Wanda said that their vet does a lot of them, “300-400 a year.” When the investigator posing as a first time cat owner expressed concern about a declaw since they had read information on the internet that said declawing was inhumane and bad for a cat, Wanda said to not read any of that on the internet and said that only one or two cats out of 300 might limp. She said that the cat might shake its paw or lick it and that it will have to learn to walk again but that it’s not going to change its personality or harm the cat.
One investigator asked to get a 4 year old cat declawed. Price is $450 which includes 1 night stay, antibiotics, pain meds, and Purina’s Yesterday’s News cat litter. Wanda told the investigator she’s been there for 14 years and has seen many done and they do , “a lot, about 3 a week.” Cat owner asked if there are any adverse effects from the declaw and Wanda said that at first the cat needs to learn how to walk again, like a bunny, but that it’s a very safe procedure.
Purina’s Yesterday’s News Cat litter is included in the price of the declaw. Please sign my petition to inspire Purina to help us end declawing by educating the public about the facts about declawing. Purina Petition
Here’s an old school vet in Oklahoma that declaws cats and uses NO pain meds. Declaw With No Pain Meds
Here’s a vet in Missouri that performs 4 paw declaws on the kittens that they put up for adoption. 4 Paw Declaws on Kittens
Here’s a veterinarian in California who believes that if a declaw is done “properly” then there are no short term or long term consequences to the cat. He says, “Cats are property and what a cat owner desires to do to the cat should not be legally mandated unless it causes harm or is perceived as animal cruelty.” CVMA delegate story