Canadian Veterinary Chain Bans Declawing, Calls it Inhumane

VCA Canada, a national chain of veterinary clinics, is banning a long-standing surgical procedure from their practice that’s often described as cruel and inhumane — declawing cats.

This is a huge move by VCA Canada, who runs 93 clinics in B.C, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec where the practice of declawing cats is still permitted in most areas. It’s been banned in B.C. and Nova Scotia and now Alberta is looking toward a similar ban.

Danny Joffe, medical director at VCA Canada, says veterinarians long believed they could declaw cats without causing them pain, but recent evidence shows they were wrong. A study by Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery compared the health of cats that were declawed against those that were not and found that declawed cats had greater odds of developing back pain, becoming aggressive and refusing to use the litter box.

“In view of these findings, the ongoing practice of declawing cats in North America should be further questioned,” the study concluded.

This move by VCA Canada reflects a change that’s happening in society, too. More and more pet owners are aware of the dangers associated with declawing and less are doing it.

The VCA’s Joffe said he feels “very strongly” that other controversial procedures, such as docking dog ears and tails, should also be banned.



  1. LaFaye Grosse

    Apr 18, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    No more declawing cats. If you’re not ready to deal w/a cat w/claws, don’t get a cat, it’s as simple as that. I think that if people realized how cruel this is they wouldn’t do it. Dear friends had their sweet, friendly cat declawed and it wound up becoming mean & bit. The bite was so severe that their doctor recommended they give away the poor cat. So sad. I personally have never been for declawing because even though we can’t read their minds, cats know what belongs where & by performing this cruel procedure you make it defenseless, therefore, it turns to biting. I hope that all states ban declawing & all vets abide by this rule as some have already refused to perform this surgery.

  2. Joan

    Apr 22, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Every thing an animal, bird or person has, was created for survival. For example claws, huge teeth, running speed, climbing abilities, flying, diving and swimming. Then there is the emotions, love, hate,envey.Sadly, Lucifer manaaged to create the negative traits.

  3. Joan

    Apr 22, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Our former bush cat,still watches our doors to get back outside, but the crazy part of it all, is that he loves belly rubs, which I give him daily. Then he hits my family for more treats.

  4. Miriam

    Apr 25, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Declawing is wrong. I would never torture an innocent animal for my own convenience.

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