Israel has joined the list of over 20 countries to ban cat declawing. Unless performed within the narrow medical necessity exemptions, the procedure has been declared, by Israel's legislature, to be a crime, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $20,000. Countries on the list include England, Norway, France and Portugal. The practice is legal in the United States and Canada.
Declawing is primarily an elective surgery, known as an onychectomy,
which eliminates the claws by amputating part of the toes. It would be
analogous to cutting ones fingers off at the top knuckle. It is not a
manicure. The procedure is painful, can affect the cat's behavior
permanently, and will render the cat defenseless should he/she leave the
Absent a medical, non "elective" need to perform the
surgery, such as a the presence of a tumor, the removal of which would
still be limited to the affected toe(s), an onychectomy is usually
requested so a pet cat will not scratch, ruin furniture or require
weekly nail trimmings. Some justify the procedure by asserting that more
cats would be euthanized as families simply don't want to deal with the
claws and would not adopt the cats.
Providing a cat with
designated scratching areas, capping their claws with glue on soft nail
tips, and learning how to keep nails trim are all humane and practical
alternatives to elective surgery.
Finally, choosing fabrics and floors that
are stylish, pet friendly, resist and camouflage hair and scratches
allows for matching the decor to the cat rather than surgically altering
the cat to match the decor. Additionally, decorating with pets in mind
will ultimately reduce stress and foster a lasting bond between the
humans and their companion animals.
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