Shortly after graduation from vet school, I made the decision to NOT perform declaws. I felt bad for performing a medically unnecessary procedure.
Most people don’t realize what is actually involved in a declaw (onychectomy). It is actually a very painful procedure in which the first digit of all the toes is amputated at the joint. Many vets that perform this surgery do not use adequate pain relievers post operatively and most clients don’t know to ask for them.
When a cats nails are trimmed properly and regularly your furniture will not be damaged. Scratching is a natural and normal behaviour for a cat and you can train them to use appropriate scratching posts. Damage from scratching can also be prevented by using a product called soft paws.
Declawing is very popular in the US and somewhat popular in Canada but it is banned in many European countries.
I am an advocate for my feline patients and this issue is near and dear to my heart. My colleagues at work that perform declaws do a great job at managing post operative pain. However, I think this is an unnecessary surgery 99% of the time. I feel it is my job to educate clients about what a declaw actually involves AND to give them good options. When you get a new kitten PLEASE start trimming their nails young to get them used to it. And make sure to give them treats while doing it to make it a positive experience for them. I usually recommend trimming the nails (especially the front ones) at least once a month.
The thing that bothers me the most is that many people think that spay-declaw or neuter-declaw is just the “thing” to do. I would love to change a few minds on that…
I would also like to eat peanut butter marshmallow bars all day long. These bars are easy to make and incredibly delicious. There are many variations of this no-bake dessert out there but I love this recipe. Enjoy!
No bake peanut butter marshmallow bars
From: From Away
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 11 ounce bag butterscotch morsels
2 10.5 oz bags mini marshmallows
Prepare a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray. In a large pot over low heat melt butter and peanut butter. Pour in the butterscotch chips, stirring constantly until you have a creamy consistency. Remove from the heat and let stand, about ten minutes. Mix in the marshmallows and spread in the pan. Refrigerate for at least an hour.