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Why Rabbits Should Not Be Declawed |
Here are some facts that you should consider before making a decision. Please note that in this article, the comparisons to declawing a cat do not imply that we support cat declawing. Rather, that it is even more severe for a rabbit to undergo this amputation.
Alternatives to rabbits that like to dig or scratch.
Obviously work a LOT with the rabbit to calm it down. Work with an HRS educator or veterinarian who can help with training procedures. See our San Diego Chapter's digging article.
Construct an exercise pen out of a dog exercise pen material (usually metal panels that slip together to make any shape to keep the rabbit from getting into corners to dig.
Protect cornres or digging spots with heavy plastic rub covers (like the kind they put under office furniture)
Use Soft Paws on the rabbits claws. These are soft plastic caps that are placed over the nails and held in place with surgical glue. They do not hurt the rabbit (the glue is only on the nails)...they fall off and are replaced by the owner in one to three months. The plastic is soft and gives good traction and is harmless if pulled off and swallowed. check with local vets and pet stores for this material. It is sold for cats to prevent declaws. The claws cannot scratch with this.
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