Bertha’s Declawed Paws Were In Pain-Not Using The Litter Box-Needed Surgery

Our retired shop cat, Bertha, came to us declawed several years ago. She was kind of a jerk, and urinated outside of the litter box more often than we care to discuss.

Want to know why? Those giant chunks in the picture on the upper left are BONE FRAGMENTS left behind from her declaw surgery. They are massive, and were constantly jabbing into her with every single step she took. I’d be a jerk too!

Yesterday she had paw reconstruction surgery in St. Louis by The Pet Doctor, Marcy Hammerle, and we hope (know) that this will drastically improve her comfort and quality of life.

Declawing is not just cleanly removing the nail. It’s actually amputation of their toes around their first knuckle, which completely changes how they are able to walk, and more often than not results in chronic pain that your cat is probably very good at hiding.
These bone fragments are insanely common results of declaw surgeries. If it’s not that, it’s extensive tendon damage that results in arthritic, curled under toes that Nola, our downtown cat, had. It’s painful. It’s unnecessary. Your furniture isn’t worth this pain to your cat.

Please don’t declaw. Let us help you train your cat to scratch appropriately. Have our groomer, Denise put soft paws on your cat’s nails so they don’t cause damage to your furniture. If you’ve declawed in the past, learn more about the process and make different choices for future cats – we did!

If you want to learn more about this subject, please take a look at The Paw Project documentary. We have a copy at the stores we would be happy to loan out to you!

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Precious-Bone Fragments & Abscesses-Repaired By Dr. Sarah Frei



Precious the cat was adopted yesterday from KC Pet Project into what we hope will now be her forever home. Precious was our longest term cat here at the shelter. She came in more than a year ago after her original owner died, and then was adopted and returned twice. She was an 8-year old, front declawed cat and had displayed behaviors, such as biting, that made finding placement for her difficult. We decided to x-ray Precious’ paws and what we found was disturbing. A botched declaw surgery years ago had left Precious with bone fragments and paw pad abscesses that surely caused her to feel intense pain with every step she had been taking!

Our amazing veterinarian Dr.Sarah Frei performed the corrective surgery in-house on March 1st on all of Precious’ toes and removed the bone fragments that had caused her pain for several years. Her toes and paw pads healed and Precious became a sweet, friendly cat again. Yesterday our entire Cat Room cheered as Precious was going home. We’ve now implemented a new policy whereby all declawed cats admitted to our shelter will have their paws x-rayed to ensure they don’t have to suffer like Precious did for far too long. Great job Dr. Frei and our entire vet clinic team!

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Paw Project Removes Bone Pieces From Declawed Agressive Sydnee Cat

Sydnee, a cat from Kentucky, recently visited Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran (Paw Project-Indiana State Director) at the Cat Care Clinic of Indianapolis after her foster mom reached out for help using social media.

As a happy, healthy, affectionate kitten she was adopted out to a family that decided to have her declawed. After the surgery she became anti-social and aggressive, so the family decided to give her back to the foster mom after about a year. Now she lunges, tries to bite, and will not let anyone touch her. She has lost all trust in people. Last week another vet removed two large bone fragments that were regrowing nail, however one was still left behind and her chronic pain still needed to be addressed. These pictures detail the pain and her response. After the surgery she has shown small steps already that her pain is starting to reduce.

Please wish her well on the long road she had ahead of her to trusting us again.

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Ozmin Surrendered-Botched Declaw-Litter Box Issues-In Pain 24/7/365


Meet Ozmin aka B5 (big beautiful Bengal badboy). He was surrendered to an animal shelter in NJ after getting a botched declaw job. When his owners surrendered him, they cited “behavior problems” (urinating outside the box, anti-social behavior, aggressiveness). He was later adopted by another family, who also returned him for not using his litterbox. After nearly 9 months at the animal shelter, finally he was adopted by a kind person who recognized the pain of his botched declaw and he got a paw repair surgery wherein the vet amputated another 10 toe bones from his front feet. This was called a “re-declaw” because it was another round of amputations of the same toes. (If you do the toebone arithmetic, you can see why he basically has no front toes left.) Since removing the crushed bone fragments from his front feet, Ozmin now uses his litterbox perfectly. Even though half his toe pads were cut out during his declaw, and most of the soft tissue had also been removed from his front paws, Ozmin is doing his best to live like a normal cat, but he will never be a normal cat again. He is just grateful that he doesn’t have to walk on the crushed ends of his toe bones anymore, especially without sufficient soft tissue or toe pads to cover the ends of those bones as they ground into the floor with each step. (We speculate that he had been declawed by guillotine cutters, which crush the P3 bones off, but often damages the adjacent P2 bones as well as leaves P3 bone fragments behind.)
There is a myth that declawing keeps cats in homes. There have been no published reputable or statistically-significant studies that prove that declawing has kept cats in homes. The “declaw or death” scenario was a false hypothesis from many decades ago — and it is still false today. On the contrary, there is real-life data that shows that in cities where declaw bans have been enacted, the exact opposite has happened — there have been sustainable decreases in the number of surrendered cats over multi-year periods after the declaw bans were enacted. Let’s base our claims and policies on facts and evidence and data, not just ideology or unsupported hypothesis.
Please support us in our mission to #bandeclawing — first in NJ where we have been advocating for the pending legislation, then in the rest of the country.

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Video-Curious To Know What Declawing Does To Cats, And Why Their Paws Often Need To Be Repaired?

VIDEO: Curious to know what declawing does to cats, and why their paws often need repaired? Dr. Snyder, one of our vets and the Indiana representative for the Paw Project, is here to explain.


By: Dr. Jessica Snyder, Director of Paw Project-Indiana and Top Veterinarian At Humane Society of Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Snyder earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri. After graduation she moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where she worked with dogs, cats, and even Indiana wildlife. In 2015, Dr. Snyder took a position at the Humane Society of Indianapolis, where she has continued to serve as an advocate for shelter animals. In this role she has seen the high return rate of declawed cats because of their unique behavior and medical conditions. Through working with other members of the Paw Project, she has been able to provide declawed shelter residents relief by performing paw repair surgery and overseeing medical management of their pain. At the Humane Society of Indianapolis, she enjoys her ability to educate the public about feline enrichment and advocate for the end of declawing in Indianapolis and hopefully the country as a whole.

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Kidnapped, Drugged, Amputated-Photos Of Declawing-Legal Animal Cruelty-Claws Pay Veterinarian’s Bills



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