Declawing: The Routine Barbaric Procedure That Owners Still Sadly Request

As many if not most of us cat-lovers know, declawing is a horrific procedure and yet many cat owners still inflict it on their cats, not knowing what it actually entails. For many cat lovers - definitely for me, anyway! - it's difficult to speak calmly about this subject, and people who don't know the ins and outs of it often dismiss emotional diatribes as the hysterical rantings of crazy cat-ladies (and gents). Add to that the fact that many veterinarians don't tell their customers the details, for whatever reason.

I just found this very objective article on declawing, written by a veterinarian who is certainly qualified to know all about it, and I feel compelled to share it because it's such a non-hysterical ;-) calm authoritative summary of the subject. My hope is that reference to this article may be helpful in declawing-related debates... to convince Aunt Martha that mutilation for human convenience isn't worth the trauma to her cat and that there are better ways to keep Fluffy from destroying the couch.

(Names chosen at random - no offense intended to any real Aunt Marthas.)

Cross-posted out the wazoo, to blackcats whitecats cat_adoration cat_lovers cathealth cats_with_claws and naturalpets Sorry if you're seeing this several times.

Writer's Block: It’s the end of the world as we know it

If you had the option to learn the exact moment and details of your death, would you choose to know?

Absolutely! The chance to get my affairs in order in time, the chance to say goodbye and whatever else I wanted to say to my loved ones would be priceless. And if my death itself were going to be unpleasant, knowing ahead of time would help me steel myself for it.