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State of Israel Bans Declawing of Cats

By January 2, 2012

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On November 28th, 2011, the Israel legislature unanimously approved a bill banning the declawing of cats, except for certain medical conditions. The penalty is one year in jail and a fine of $20,000 U.S. Israel now joins enlightened countries all over the world who have banned declawing, including "much of Europe, Australia, Turkey, Brazil," according to an article in Discovery Magazine The article goes on to say that "One study found that 20 percent of cats underwent complications, like infections, after declawing."

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, In "The Cat Who Cried for Help," wrote,

"Unlike routine recovery, including recovery from neutering surgeries, which are fairly peaceful, declawing surgery results in cats bouncing off the walls of the recovery cage because of excruciating pain. Cats that are more stoic huddle in the corner of the recovery cage, immobilized in a state of helplessness, presumably by the overwhelming pain. Declawing fits the dictionary definition of mutilation to a tee. Words such as deform, disfigure, disjont, and dismember all apply to this surgery. Partial digital amputation is so horrible that it has been employed for torture of prisoners of war, and in veterinary medicine, the clinical procedure serves as a model of severe pain for testing the efficacy of analgesic drugs.. Even though analgesic drugs can be used postoperatively, they rarely are, and their effects are incomplete and transient anyway, so sooner or later the pain will emerge."

While legislation such as this is heartening to those of us who advocate for cats' paws, it takes many, many years for anti-declaw laws to come about. In the meantime, cats depend on us to continue educating the public who still thing declawing is the same as "clipping cats' nails." (It is actually amputation of cats' toes at the first joint.) By the fervent work of all those who believe as I do, we can save cats' toes, one cat at a time.

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January 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm
(1) Julie Swift says:

I’ve had one cat in my life that I had declawed, and I swore never again would I do that to a cat. When I saw the pain that poor cat endured, it was horrifying. Inside or Inside/Outside, never again will I put one of my precious cats through that ordeal. No amount of tiny annoyance is worth it.

January 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm
(2) Miria says:

Declawing is mutilation, pure and simple. There is no reason, excuse, or justification for it, ever. Cats can easily be trained to use a variety of scratching posts, and they really enjoy using them, just as big cats (like lions) do in the wild. Not only do cats suffer terrible pain and trauma from declawing, but they tend to bite more, because their first line of self-defense has been taken away.

Here’s to cats never being declawed and to being kept indoors only, for a longer, healthier and safer life!

January 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm
(3) terry says:

over the years my fourth and fifth cats were declawed, out of the eight cats i have had through my life. the last one that was declawed i actually saw right after surgery. i will never, never declaw a cat again. it was awful to watch her struggling to move around, it was like she was crippled.

they don’t need to be declawed to save your furniture, my current clawed kitties don’t even pay attention to my sofa. they love clawing a piece of cardboard box just laying on the floor and they have their own special foot stool that is specifically for them to claw.

good for israel to take a stand on this (and of course all the other countries that have banned it too).

January 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm
(4) Barb says:

This is in memory of Baldric who was held down and castrated by 2 Goderich area men and whom the SPCA never were able to charge with cruelty. Baldric almost bled to death but survived. The cat went back to his owner, to the same home where he was crudely castrated. In the meantime I bought the cat for $200 when I realized that the same man that had castrated the cat was living in the same home. He recuperated for 2 months with me and then I adopted him out, to what I thought was a great home. They agreed not to declaw him but sadly I was contacted by them a few years down the road, Baldric was at the local vet clinic, dying after being declawed 2 months before and suffering from complications and crystals. He was euthanized. I will never forgive myself for adopting this beautiful big orange and white boy who was terrified of a vet clinic after recuperating there from a botched castration and then being declawed.

January 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm
(5) Franny Syufy says:

Oh, Barb! What a tragic, sad story! I’m at a loss for words that such cruelty could go without punishment. RIP, Baldric.

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