A petition to ban declawing cats was just heard at Queen's Park and after discussing it on the air, I received this email from a listener who is a veteranarian.
I do declaw cats... but I hate doing it. Anyone who knows what is involved wouldnt do it to any animal unless there was a very, very good reason.
Here's a perspective: I had an elderly woman who got herself a golden retriever puppy. The puppy grew up to be a big dog, and she never trained the dog. The dog jumped on her repeatedly, and the dogs inside toe caused a 4 inch full skin thickness gash on her thigh.
She asked me to remove the three inside toes on each front foot.
How would you feel about doing that?
Most would say, that's cruel. But I fail to see the difference between that, and doing a ten ...