Get Michigan to Ban Declawing. (Like many other countries and cities)
The term declaw is misleading –making one think an animal doctor is magically making a cat’s nails disappear, leaving all furniture worries behind. But not only is this elective surgery actually a painful amputation of the last bone in each toe (similar to removing the tip of your fingers), but also has lasting negative effects—as we’ve seen with the thousands of cats who come through our door each year.
Unfortunately, many families aren’t made fully aware of the risks associated with declawing, but we’re hoping to help change that! Please read on to see the research and many humane and effective alternatives to declawing.
Get Michigan to be the 2nd state (behind lots of countries and cities) to Ban Declawing
Michigan State Representative Jimmie Wilson (Ypsilanti) introduced legislation that, if it became law, would make Michigan the 3rd state in the nation to outlaw declawing cats, banning a cruel and unnecessary mutilation. HSHV is working hard to educate law makers and the public to help raise awareness and gain support of the bills. Check out this wonderful video about one of HSHV’s adopted kitties, Sophie to learn more about the damaging effects of declawing.
Some mistakenly think declawing is harmless, surgical removal of nails, but declawing actually removes toe bones—resulting in both short-term and chronic pain and other well-documented health issues. We’ve witnessed this in our shelter; declawed cats often have physical and behavioral problems that are a secondary response to pain and to the stress of losing their natural and important need to scent mark. Declawing cats does not protect them from relinquishment; rather, it puts them at greater risk to be turned in to a shelter because of the resulting problems. Furthermore, the CDC and National Institutes of Health agree declawing cats to protect humans is “not advised.” See more about the issues from declawing here.
Based on research showing clear detrimental effects, both the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are against declawing as an elective procedure. It is also illegal in numerous countries and cities, and it is opposed by all major animal welfare organizations.