In a word, NO. Declawing is a barbaric procedure in which the cat’s toes are amputated at the first knuckle. Declawing can lead to a host of issues, including ongoing pain, the development of arthritis, litter box avoidance, and biting.
See the following documents for more information:
- Declawing Alternatives (Mobile SPCA)
- Declawing Cats (World Animal Foundation)
- Declawing Infographic
- Think Twice Before You Declaw
- Why You Don’t Want to Declaw
- Statement by Dr. Karen Becker, DVM
- Facts About Declawing (Shelter Handout) by Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM
- Declawing and Science by Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM
- Declawing – A Rational Look by Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM
- Declawing – Another Veterinarian’s Perspective by Dr. Michael Fox, D.Sc., Ph.D., B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S.
- Welfare Implications of Declawing Domestic Cats (AVMA)
- AAFP Statement on Declawing
- AAHA Position Statement
- Paw Project Brochure
- FAQs About Declawing (The Paw Project)
- The Facts About Declawing
Visit The Paw Project for more information.