AVMA: Declawing is discouraged but should remain option to avoid relinquishment, euthanasia

The AVMA strongly discourages the practice of declawing cats, and many individual veterinarians refuse to perform the procedure, but the AVMA recognizes the scientific evidence that cats displaying “destructive scratching behavior are more likely to be euthanized, or more readily relinquished, released or abandoned, thereby contributing to the homeless cat population.” Veterinarians who perform the procedure say they do it infrequently and only after advising cat owners to try nonsurgical …

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