Living With Claws:
Confidently Providing Guidance to Feline Owners

Presented by Dr. Ashlie Saffire, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 8:00 pm ET

Cat on couch


This webinar is FREE for all attendees.
1.5 hours of RACE CE credits (non-medical) will be available for HSVMA members only.
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This discussion will equip the veterinary team with information and tools to educate pet parents on alternatives to declawing. By ending the elective onychectomy procedure we are protecting the welfare of our feline patients, but we also must know how to help pet parents live in harmony with cats and their claws. With a plethora of information out there, this discussion will streamline what you need to know today to set your pet parents up for success tomorrow. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the reason cats have claws and why they have a need to scratch

  • Provide training on how to select appropriate scratchers and where to put them in the home

  • Troubleshooting difficult cases (like curtain climbers!)

  • Summarize the five pillars of environmental enrichment to help improve the welfare of cats and discuss why lacking these in the home can lead to destructive and unwanted behaviors.






Dr. Saffire

Dr. Ashlie Saffire, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Dr. Saffire is a graduate of The Ohio State University and is board certified in feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She is a published author and tutor for the University of Sydney’s Feline Medicine Distance Education Course. She is both Fear Free and Cat Friendly Certified. Dr. Saffire is the President-Elect for the American Association of Feline Practitioners and practices feline medicine and surgery at the Cat Specialty Center at Faithful Friends Veterinary Clinic in Columbus, Ohio.