Cat-Friendly Practices Will No Longer Declaw

The American Association of Feline Practitioners ( updated its policy in January to end the elective declawing of cats at all veterinary hospitals designated as Cat Friendly Practices.

The AAFP has previously issued a position statement in 2017 that expressed the organization’s strong opposition to elective declawing.

The elective declaw ban is aligned with the Cat Friendly Practice designation, which demonstrates hospitals’ commitment to offering best practices in feline medicine and treating cats gently and with respect.

For information about declawing alternatives, nail trimming, scratching posts and more, visit

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Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at


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