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New Data Shows Pain and Adverse Behaviour in Declawed Cats

August 23, 2017

A recent article highlights research that suggests that a clear association exists between declawing and the presence of deleterious side effects after a typical postoperative period, and that the prevalence of fragments of the third phalanx (P3) in declawed cats was excessive and surprising. 

The study showed persistent pain and discomfort following declaw surgery is an important risk factor for behavioral changes. Read article here.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association published an updated position on Partial Digital Amputation (PDA) (Onychectomy or Declawing) of the Domestic Felid in March 2017 to outright oppose the procedure. 

The association views non-therapeutic PDA as ethically unacceptable when performed without comprehensive client education, including a thorough review of available alternatives, as the surgery has the potential to cause unnecessary and avoidable pain and alternatives to PDA are available.

Read the full position here.

Positions are intended to provide a “forward-thinking” viewpoint on issues based on what is happening not just in Canadian society and the veterinary profession, but internationally. Positions are not intended to regulate the profession of veterinary medicine; however, it is recognized that provincial regulatory bodies may consider them when they update or amend veterinary bylaws. Read the roles and utility of CVMA position statements in its entirety here.