SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Declawing

SPCA supports the use of reward-based training and appropriate enrichment to manage aggression and redirect cats from scratching on inappropriate surfaces.

Scratching is a normal behaviour for cats and it is important to give cats opportunities for scratching. Cats need to keep their claws healthy and conditioned, which can be difficult in a home environment without access to trees. Scratching posts also provide an appropriate outlet for emotional release for frustration, anxiety or excitement. SPCA recommends working with a qualified behaviourist to manage aggressive behaviour.

SPCA advocates that non-therapeutic declawing of cats is prohibited.

SPCA opposes the declawing of cats except in situations where the procedure is carried out solely for therapeutic reasons by a veterinarian, or a veterinary student under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. Adequate and appropriate medical care must be provided prior to, during and after the operation, including anaesthesia and analgesia.

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