The Pet Professional Guild

Position Statement: Cat Declawing

Position Statement

Cat Declawing

PPG POSITIONS, STATEMENTS AND OPEN LETTERS ARE

“INFORMED BY SCIENCE, GUIDED BY EMPATHY AND GOVERNED BY ETHICS” ™

 

The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) believes that all cats have an intrinsic right to be treated humanely, to have each of their individual needs met, and to live in safe, enriched environments free from pain, force, and fear. Scratching is a natural feline behavior. Declawing cats for owner convenience or in an attempt to protect property, people, and other pets is both inhumane and unnecessary given that there are highly effective alternatives available to manage the behavior more appropriately and less intrusively. Studies have also shown that declawing a cat increases the risks of behavior problems, such as house soiling, biting, and aggression.

Download the full document here: Position Statement on Feline Declawing