DEAR DR. FOX: I was so glad to read your article about the cat group that wants to end elective declawing! I also want to thank the AAFP regarding the group’s policy on elective declawing procedures! A friend of mine calls this “cat art.”I should add that in many countries the routine declawing of cats is prohibited. Organizations in several U.S. cities are making headway in outlawing the routine declawing of cats. So I am suggesting that declawing is a significant contributing factor in the current feline obesity epidemic.