Will Canada make a big decision to improve the welfare of domestic cats?
Forbidden in France since 2004, declawing of cats is still allowed in Canada. But more for a very long time
The declawing of the cat, also called onyxectomy, consists of amputating the last phalanx of the fingers of the animal. The goal is to permanently prevent the cat from scratching.
But this practice, in addition to potentially causing chronic pain in the cat, can also cause him behavior problems. Indeed , the action of scratching is a natural behavior in the cat To forbid him to scratch, it is thus to prevent him from expressing this behavior. As a result, the animal may develop behavioral problems, more problematic than a scratch on a curtain.
Declawing is not an innocuous act
It has been several years since Canadian veterinarians campaign to prohibit this practice, as it is already the case in most Western countries. Rather than declawing, veterinarians offer alternatives : claw maintenance at a groomer, buying a scratching post , the enrichment of the environment of the cat...
But in the collective spirit, in Canada, declawing still seems well anchored, and is too often perceived as an innocuous surgical intervention. It will take time for the country to totally ban this practice. But it is on the right track: next March, Nova Scotia will become the first Canadian province to prohibit .
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