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Cat owners' attitudes toward declawing

By G. M. Landsberg

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Declawing is controversial. To date, there has been little research to support the negative statements (of physical and emotional harm) by those critical of the procedure. Similarly, veterinary recommendations may be based on years of experience but little factual data. Cat associations and even the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) does not support declawing. Of the 276 owners of declawed cats surveyed for this study, all stated that declawing successfully met their objectives, and, in many cases additional benefits were listed as well. While 10 owners (4%) had a negative opinion of declawing, only two of their cats developed problems (one behavioral and one medical). Ninety-six percent of owners had a positive or very positive attitude about declawing at the time of the survey, and at least 70% reported Improved relationships with their cats. Forty-one percent of the cats went outdoors without problems after declawing. Cats declawed after age 1 had a higher incidence of postsurgical discomfort and took longer to recover.

Date 1991
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 4
Issue 3
Pages 192-197
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
Additional Language English
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal health and hygiene
  4. Animal rights
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Cats
  7. Deviant behavior
  8. Mammals
  9. Pet ownership
  10. Pets and companion animals
  11. surgery