Nova Scotia has become the first province in Canada to ban the practice of declawing cats. Will the rest of the country follow their lead?
For years, some pet owners have had their cats declawed to prevent scratches to furniture, people and other pets. But the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association says scratching is normal behaviour that cats use to mark territory, help with balance, climb and defend themselves.
But the real concern here is the pain inflicted on the animal when it’s declawed.
Just think, for a moment, about how little you would enjoy having all your fingernails surgically removed. (You winced, didn’t you??!!) Many local vets will not perform a declawing procedure on cats; instead, they will inform and educate owners on the ethics of it, in hopes of discouraging owners from having it done.
Would you like to see the rest of Canada follow Nova Scotia’s lead and ban declawing? (FYI: The practice has already been banned in the U.K., Europe, Australia and several California cities. New Jersey is considering a law that would ban declawing…unless a vet decides the operation is medically necessary.)
We’ve recently purchased a new sofa in our house. And our cat has his claws. Needless to say, blankets are covering the new piece of furniture – – until “company comes over”. (So, give us a few minutes warning before you come to visit, ok??!!)