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Animal Humane Society position on declawing of domestic cats

Animal Humane Society believes that the decision whether to declaw is up to the individual in consult with their veterinarian.

Studies do show that cats who exhibit destructive scratching behavior are more likely to be euthanized or abandoned by their owners.  Steps, other than declawing, can be taken to reduce destructive scratching including providing scratching posts or carpet remnants and frequent nail trims. Synthetic nail caps can also prove effective.

Despite these non-surgical alternatives, destructive behavior cannot always be modified. Animal Humane Society believes that despite temporary discomfort and/or pain, declawing is preferable to euthanizing or otherwise relinquishing ownership of a cat.

Animal Humane Society locations


4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 522-4325

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St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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    (763) 522-4325
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    (763) 412-4969
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    (763) 489-2202
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    (763) 489-2222
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