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Old February 2nd, 2016, 12:48 PM
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Spay and neutering do alter the natural state of a cat. Nature didn't intend it to be that way however given the circumstances of so many unwanted kittens and cats that end up being gassed. We're talking about thousands and millions world wide. Spay and neuter is the only alternative to save lives and ease all that suffering that too much breeding, neglect, indifference and cruelty towards homeless cats bring to the world.
I don't think you can make an equivalent to that with declawing.
Maybe you did try all the alternatives first but if you go around recommending it a 100% most people will take the easy path and amputate part of their cats toes.
You'll probably try to make the case that declawing will prevent lots of cats being surrendered or kicked out to the streets but still doesn't equal to the need of spay and neutering even if in an ideal world that wouldn't be necessary.
If we say it's OK to declaw theb what's next? It's OK to perform a surgery so dogs can't bark (it's atrocious and I've seen it). Just because we spay and neuter that doesn't give us green light to do everything else.
Ultimately you're free to express your opinion and you're ready to find a lot of resistance too.
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