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on·y·chec·to·my

(on'i-kek'tŏ-mē),
1. Ablation of a toenail or fingernail.
2. veterinary medicine Surgical removal in felines of distal phalanges of all digits of forefeet, less commonly of hind feet. Procedure involves disarticulation of the P2/P3 junction and subsequent removal of entire P3 bone, at the terminus of which the claw is seated.
Synonym(s): declawing
[onycho- + G. ektomē, excision]

declawing

surgical removal of the claws of Felidae and Canidae. Not a universally accepted procedure except where there are specific health implications for the patient. Can happen accidentally in penned wildlife, e.g. anteaters. Called also onychectomy.
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The thought of declawing a cat is repulsive to many.
A recent veterinary journal described a procedure placing small beads on cats' claws as an alternative to surgical declawing.
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KAREN STITH, a cat owner in West Hollywood, California, speaking out against declawing of pets.
The Niners' 16-3 record was the NFL's best in 1981, and the team closed out the season by declawing the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21, in Super Bowl XVI.
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Contrary to our expectations, the particular response of autotomy, similar to declawing, was observed in the histamine-treated groups in the current study, differing from the results with other biogenic amines.
Re "City should stay out of declawing debate" (Editorial, Nov.
It is, in part, a response to the June 2007 decision of the California Court of Appeals to allow the City of West Hollywood to pass a declawing ban not authorized by the California Veterinary Medical Practice Act.
But Bonus fears for the local cat population - domesticated or wild - if the City Council passes a proposal to ban declawing Tuesday.