|My new Paws Unite t-shirt from City The Kitty!|
Every day, and in any way, I talk to people about the life-altering and painful procedure that declawing causes cats, and how veterinarian's should NOT be performing it. The argument that cats won't get adopted unless declawed is false; the statistics show that our shelters are full of declawed cats due to behavioral issues. Declawing does not put cats in homes, nor does it keep them there, and the cat is maimed for life.
So now, I will wear my shirt, and hope it will start conversations. Some folks get very upset; they don't want to believe that they've knowingly harmed their cat, or that their trusted pet doctor allowed them to do it...and for a tidy sum, I might add. There are several professional veterinary groups who fight any legislation to criminalize declawing, and they have a LOT of $$ to throw at politicians. But right will win out someday, and we all can be a part of the process, by discussing the ramifications of declawing with friends and family, patronizing vet's who will not declaw (not many in Michigan, let me tell you!), and supporting the cause in any manner that you can.