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Declawing Cats Banned in Israel

Thinking of declawing your kitty? If you're in Israel, think again as the Israel legislature has unanimously passed a bill that outlawed the declawing of cats.

It's now a crime punishable by one year in prison and a fine of $20,000. But oh, won't someone think of the furniture? Link - via Metafilter

It's banned in other countries, and rightfully so. It's an extremely cruel operation to perform, and I'm talking about the actual procedure. I absolutely refused to get my cat declawed, and spent many months arguing with my mother over it, until I convinced her to actually research what they do.

Unlike spaying, which has a definite health benefit for the cat, declawing is something that only benefits the owner, not the cat.
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Nice, this comes up at the same time a Que. woman's cat ripped her face open and attacked her children because he purportedly suffered from "feline schizophrenia". She had to have reconstructive facial surgery and is not advocating declawing cats. Oh, how the world turns!
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I wish they would ban it in the USA. But like most things we lag behind, and the the general knowledge out there about this practice is appalling.

Azog - glad you convinced you mother. A stray cat I took in had kittens and I gave one to my Mother-in law under the understanding that she wouldn't do that. She had it done anyway. I was in a fury, and congratulated her on mutilating her cat.

Just because you "own" a cat it doesn't mean that you get to cause it pain for the rest of it's life.
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Declawing makes me sad. But, you can protect your furniture (and your face); my kitties both wear Soft Paws (or whatever knockoff version they have at Petsmart if I'm in a rush)and don't seem to mind one bit- Plus, I think they are wicked cute.
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Imagine someone cutting open your fingers and toes and removing everything from the tips to the first knuckle. Then imagine having to walk on those sore fingers and toes.
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Ryan S, that's one anomaly cat and is no excuse for mutilating every other cat "just in case." There's always an inherent risk to yourself and your belongings when you invite any animal in to your house. If you can't accept the risk, you don't deserve the animal's companionship.
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Se, here's what I don't get.

Why would so many veteranarians perform this cruel and disfiguring procedure?

Why do so many declawed cats seem perfectly fine and not in sheer agony every time they step on their mutilated paws?

Maybe I'm just too naive.
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If you're worried about the furniture, get a scratching post, or - teach them not to. Is it so hard for people to learn and teach but rather resort to animal cruelty?
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ted- My dad used to get our cats declawed when I was younger and they were all perfectly healthy and happy cats.

I think it's cruel now and would never get it done to my own. Our cat used to tear up our furniture until we finally found smething he would use instead. Lured him with catnip to a scratching mat and he's been using it ever since.
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Why do vets declaw? Because it makes them money. Some vets will roll in a declaw and a spay under the same anesthesia. Other vets refuse to perform the procedure.

I say good for Israel. I wish declawing, ear docking, tail docking and other unnecessary surgeries were banned in the US.
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Once again I am glad to live in Germany.
Declawing, debarking, ear and tail docking are of course banned here, since, like, forever.

If you take proper care for your kitteh, he/she will use the scratching post or board. If there is one and the little critter prefers your furniture, it feels it gets too little attention from its humans.

The comparison to circumcision is a weak one. Sometimes it is absolutely necessary (e.g. phimosis), while declawing never is.
Frankly I don't understand religious circumcision, myself. To me it is an unnecessary surgery which has no benefits.
Still, cutting a little piece of skin comparing to cutting off parts of a limb seems disproportionate.
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