Vet tackles question on declawing of domestic cats

01/31/2010 | Culpeper Star-Exponent (Va.), The

Dr. Michael Watts, a Virginia-based companion animal general practitioner, says he agrees with the AVMA's stance on declawing cats: Declawing should be considered only when efforts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively or if cats begin to use their claws in a way that presents a risk to themselves or their owners. Dr. Watts also offers information on the importance of scratching posts and other implements as well as temporary synthetic nail caps.

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