02 March 2011

According to a poll, 60% of Americans approve of declawing a cat

According to a recent poll, nearly 60% of Americans with companion animals have no issue with declawing a cat. Veterinarian Louise Murray, vice president of the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City says this painful surgery is like amputation. 

"If you look at your fingers, declawing would be like amputating the last section of each finger," Murray explained. "If you were declawed, you would have 10 little short fingers. It’s amputation times 10.”

There are other ways to save your furniture from your cat. Make sure your feline friend has plenty of approved scratching areas. Scratching posts come in all sizes and range from cardboard to red cedar. Besides scratching posts, there are plastic caps you can apply to your cats nails. Ask your veterinarian for other humane ways to save your furniture.

If you value your couch more than your cat and still want some kitty cuddle time, volunteer at a local shelter. The cats will be happy to see you and maybe you’ll meet the purrfect feline!

Tell us, how do you feel about declawing?

Amanda Rock | @Sunny_Vegan
Amanda is a vegan foodie, feminist, goth at heart, happily married woman and mom to two black cats and one white dog. Visit Amanda's SLC blog.

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