In a recent press statement, New Jersey’s authorities declared that they would soon ban cat declawing. The AANRC (Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee) has already cleared the cat declawing, and the procedure now features on the list of animal cruelty offenses.
Cat declawing or onychectomy is a highly invasive surgical procedure, during which the veterinarian removes the cat’s claws. It may sound like something painless and with positive results, but it isn’t.
According to multiple online resources on the subject, cat declawing is nothing more than a feline amputation. Because a feline doesn’t have toenails like we do, its claw is situated very close to the bone.
So, in order to remove a feline’s claw, the surgeon must remove (amputate) each and every bone in the cat’s toes. Many vets describe the procedure as being unnecessary and inhumane. While the surgery itself is painful and difficult, the convalescence period is even worse.
Imagine that after the surgery is complete, the feline will still need to jump, walk, and scratch its bedpan, actions that would produce a great amount of physical pain.
Although this procedure sounds like something coming out of a horror film, it’s quite popular among American cat owners who care more about their furniture than their purring companion.
According to the new cat declawing bill, any veterinarian who is caught performing the outlawed procedure will have to cough up $1,000 or spend the next six months behind bars. The same treatment applies to the owner who requested the said procedure.
In addition to the fine and time spent behind bars, the owner and vet will also have to pay civil penalties, which can amount to $2,000.
While many animal pro-rights supporters see this as great achievements, there are some vets who are reluctant about being the best solution. While most of them agree that this solution is unnecessary and inhumane, many fear that if the procedure is declared illegal, the number of cat euthanasia cases will increase significantly.
Some of these vets explained that faced with this perspective, the cat owner will more likely send the feline back to the shelter than attempt to dissuade it from destroying furniture. Unfortunately, a second trip to the shelter is more or less equal to a death sentence for the unhappy feline.
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