Four Paw Declawed Coco Has Large Bone Fragments And Will Need Surgery To Remove Them

The Paw Project – Texas is at The Feline Medical Center, Houston, TX

This is Coco, she is a 9 year old kitty declawed on ALL 4 feet and looking for a forever home. She is currently under the care and direction of Texas Special Needs Rescue with a foster. 
Lately her foster mom noticed she has become more grumpy and was unable/unwilling to jump so she brought this sweet girl to see Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Feline Medical Center in Houston, TX.
The Xrays showed very large bone fragments in all 4 feet that will require surgery. She is going to require some intensive surgery and pain management over the next week. We will post updates on her recovery and if anyone has room in their home for this sweet girl please let us know! 

UPDATE – 10/11/2020

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INCLUDING OTHER DECLAWED ANIMALS. THERE ARE MANY MORE.  Veterinary clinics who perform this barbaric surgery ignore the excruciating pain they inflict on their victims, it’s all about the $$$ they make on claws, just look at their victims’ faces. Declawing causes pain, life-long pain. Cats are walking unnaturally now, without their much needed claw bones. See the studies, here is one.




The 10,600 nm CO2 laser is cleared by the FDA for soft tissue procedures only.
The 10,600 nm CO2 laser is not cleared by the FDA for use on bone or in hard tissue procedures in the United States for humans. What makes this ok to use on our pets?



Levy, et al. (1999), found that complications (bleeding, limping, swelling, infection) were generally worse in the laser onychectomy (declawing) group, compared against blade onychectomy in the first 2 days after surgery. Laser declawing can result in 4th Degree burns (burning of the bone). A study reported in the September 1, 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Association by Mison, et al., reported that lasers offered no benefit over the more conventional methods of declawing, stating “differences in discomfort and complications between groups treated via scalpel versus CO2 laser were not clinically relevant.”



Declawed Khloe Was Relinquished For ”Allergies”-She Has Severe Back Pain-Only Two Years Old

This is Khloe. She is around 2 years old, declawed, and was reportedly relinquished due to her human’s “allergies.” Texas Special Needs Pets took her on as a foster and noticed she was aggressive, mostly brought on by touching her back (video in comments). She was taken to The Feline Medical Center to see Paw Project Texas veterinarian, Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran for an evaluation.
Khloe required sedation for handling and close examination of her toes. No bone fragments were found on radiographs (Xray). A couple paw pads were misshapen and even under heavy sedation she exhibited signs of back pain.
She will need a new forever home, one willing to be patient with her as she takes time to rebuild trust. She may need pain management long term as well but luckily she is now with a foster who understands her and, finally, she is improving.
#declawed #declawingiswrong #animalrights #animalprotection #catclaws #catlife #pawproject


Once Healthy Kitty Off To The ‘Animal Hospital’-Bloody Paws And In Pain



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Declawed Gabby Was Living With Sores-Her Declawed Bones Were Growing Beneath Her Pads

Greater Moncton SPCA / SPA du Grand Moncton
May 7, 2015 ·
CAUTION GRAPHIC, but all to often a reality: This poor girl is around 12 years old and has been living with the consequences of declawing for almost that long. Gabby had been declawed presumably when she was spayed years ago. When she came in to our care at the GMSPCA it was noted she had sores and small pieces of nails growing on both front paws. This has undoubtedly been a source of pain for this poor, sweet cat for many years. After being assessed by our vet it was decided the only option was to put Gabby under anesthesia and explore the areas in question. It was found that ALL toes but one had been improperly declawed and a portion of the bone remained. This allowed the nails to partially regrow underneath the ski and erupt out through the skin…… The decision to declaw your cat should not be made without serious consideration as to what the consequences may be. This particular example shows an unacceptable technique that is hopefully not being employed by veterinarians since new techniques have emerged. There are many other complications that can arise including bleeding, swelling, nerve pain after surgery etc. The point of this story is to raise awareness on just how consequential declawing can be for cats. If you chose to declaw, after careful consideration, please choose a veterinarian willing to speak with you before the surgery and discuss what the procedure is actually about and what to expect post surgically. Proper pain control after the surgery is a must! Declawing is often a surgery for convenience for owners, but you owe it to your cat to provide them with the best possible care. Don’t be afraid to ask your vet questions about declawing and be informed before making this momentous decision for your cat. Gabby is expected to make a full recovery and should now live a pain free life. Don’t let Gabby’s story be your cat’s story. Thank you Dr Mavis Poirier for helping Gabby !!!!!
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Four Paws Declawed Lucy’s Back Paws Are Raw With Open Wounds-Front Paws Are Curved

The Davis Crew Kittens is in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Yesterday at 2:13 PM ·
▶️ 12yr old, all 4 paw declawed girls ◀️ need our help!
She and her littermate sister were surrendered to us because of aggression.
Lucy (the grey baby) IS NOT aggressive – She is overweight and in pain! Her back paws are raw with open sores and her front look almost curved.
She has an vet appt for Tuesday (I’m keeping them clean and have special silver spray donated by the Exotic Jungle until we get to the appt) .
However, I need help with their bill (I’m taking the sister too to make sure she is ok), please.
You can call in directly to Good Hope Vet clinic Monday or Tuesday or here via the fundraiser
⭐👉And please spread the word: DO NOT DECLAW CATS!!!
Good Hope # 304-745-3870 account: The Davis Crew Kittens


VCA Animal Hospitals Have Stopped Declawing Cats Today-February 21, 2020-The Paw Project Worked On This For 18 Years

New VCA Policy on Elective Declaw Procedures in Cats

February 21, 2020
The Paw Project has worked patiently with the caring doctors at VCA for 18 years to find a way for VCA with their 1000+ clinics and 6000+ veterinarians to finally end declawing. VCA has been dedicated to finding a way to stop declawing and now they have. This is a red-letter day for cats and all who care for them. Here is the official VCA statement:

Over the last several years, we have been communicating with our hospitals about a new policy we are establishing on performing declaw procedures on cats. Our goal has been to increase our efforts on educating our hospital teams and clients about the negative effects of declawing in cats. This effort has culminated in our plan to stop elective declawing in VCA hospitals effective February 2020. I am writing to explain our positioning for this new policy. At the core, is our firm belief that we must always do the right thing for our patients and we can no longer support declaw procedures in cats unless there is a medical reason to perform the procedure. Examples include neoplasia (tumor), infection, and trauma.

In our 33-year history since the inception of VCA we have rarely mandated anything related to medical practice. Our goal has always been to practice high quality medicine and we have invested heavily in educational programs, hospital facilities and equipment to help ensure that our doctors and hospital support teams are able to practice at a high level. We have always kept the bar high and we have striven to support our hospitals to enable their success. Areas where we have set strong policies include following current practices in analgesia and anesthesia, pre-anesthetic lab screening recommended for all patients, and patient safety guidelines implemented at all hospitals. The basis for all of these policies has been to do what is in our patients’ best interest. Patient safety and welfare always come first.

We have prided ourselves that VCA doctors and hospitals observe best practices. Our doctors have been given the freedom on how they practice medicine, as long as what is being done falls into a range of accepted standards of care. We no longer feel that elective declawing of cats is a best practice and we must be cognizant of the negative effects declawing can have on cats.

Ethical concerns about elective declawing center around the high short-term complication rate and the possibility for long-term complications and behavioral changes. In 2018, an article in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (Pain and adverse behavior in declawed cats; Martell-Moran NK, Solano M, and Townsend HG, J Feline Med Surg 2018, 20: 1-9) presented the impact of declawing upon subsequent development of back pain and unwanted behaviors. Findings concluded that declawing cats increases the risk for back pain and behaviors including biting, house soiling (both periuria and perichezia), and barbering. The use of optimal surgical technique does not eliminate the risk of adverse behavior subsequent to declawing . Considering this growing body of evidence, it is now time that we discontinue these procedures in our hospitals.

Declawing is a procedure that has long been prohibited as an elective procedure in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and many European countries. Recently New York State signed into law a ban on declawing of cats. In 2009, several cities in Los Angeles County (Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Culver City) banned declawing. Many of us who work in the Los Angeles area have not been allowed to perform declaw procedures for the last 10 years. Denver and St. Louis have also banned declawing, and currently legislation is pending in New Jersey, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Illinois, Florida, Colorado, and Austin, Texas. Declawing is also now banned in 4 provinces in Canada, and our VCA Canada hospitals stopped declawing cats in 2018. Our Canadian VCA colleagues report they have received an overwhelmingly positive response from their hospital staff and from the general public since they announced they would no longer perform declaws on cats.


Many clients don’t actually know what declawing entails. By explaining to them that declawing is the amputation of a cat’s toe bones, many will automatically seek the humane, nonsurgical alternatives. If a client persists in requesting that the cat be declawed, there are many things that can be recommended in order to satisfy the client’s concerns without declawing the cat (see options listed at the end).

Studies have shown that if an owner is intolerant of a cat scratching the couch, it is likely that same owner would be intolerant of the cat not using the litter box or beginning to bite harder and with increased frequency. Why do cats stop using the litter box and begin to bite? When a cat comes home from having the declaw surgery, that cat might go to use the litter box and find the experience very painful to its recently amputated toe nubs, and then might subsequently decide never to use the box again. That same cat might also begin to bite because it feels that is the only way it can protect itself. Most owners won’t insist on declawing their cat if they understand that declawing is linked to other, far worse, behavior problems than the scratching ever was.

It is a common misconception among veterinary professionals that scratching behavior is one of the most common reasons for relinquishment of cats to shelters. Our experience and that of shelter operators has taught us differently. Other problems, house soiling and aggression, are listed as the top two behavioral reasons cats lose their homes. Scratching behavior is far down the list, right next to reasons like the cat requires too much attention, and scratching is rarely a reason given for relinquishment.

The Centers for Disease Control, the WHO, the National Institutes of Health, the US Public Health Service, and the Canadian Medical Association all agree that declawing cats belonging to owners who are immunocompromised is “not advised.” AAHA and AAFP agree. We do not believe that declawing a cat to protect human health is a valid reason, and in fact, it could quite possibly give people a false sense of security and put these people in jeopardy of being bitten, which is usually far more threatening to the health of a human than a scratch would be. If the declawed cat were to stop using the litter box and leave excrement in other parts of the house, that, too, is dangerous for immunocompromised people. We believe common sense methods of protecting oneself from cat scratches are enough. Declawing is not the solution.

A Common Concern Among Veterinarians
During our many conversations with our veterinarians over the last several years, a common concern is that if a client insists on having their cat declawed and we decline to perform the surgery, the client might still go elsewhere and a less-than-optimal procedure might be performed at that facility. First, even optimally performed declaw surgeries may still lead to a cat exhibiting negative behaviors later in life. Further, at some point we just need to help lead the change that needs to occur in our profession, helping us move away from performing unnecessary elective procedures. Effective communication with our clients is essential and we know we can successfully redirect most of our clients to other alternatives. We have an opportunity now to be an effective leader in the movement in the United States to join other countries and stop the practice of declawing cats. Let’s make it happen!


1. Routine nail trims.
2. Vinyl nail sheaths such as Soft Paws.
3. We can counsel owners about proper and appropriate scratching surfaces. For example, have they offered the cat scratching posts? Are the scratching posts sturdy? Are the scratching posts made of a material that the cat wants to scratch? Are the scratching posts in a prominent area in the household? After all, scratching is a natural feline behavior and the cat is marking territory by scratching. Cats prefer to do that in a high traffic area. Many cats like scratching on corrugated cardboard scratching pads. They are inexpensive and take very little space.
4. Double-sided tape or other barriers can be placed on the corners of sofas in order to deter scratching there.
5. Feliscratch by Feliway (a liquid pheromone that mimics the natural pheromones and marks left by scratching).
6. Petsafe makes a motion detector called SSSCAT that sprays when the cat approaches.
7. Royal Canin Calm diet (contains ingredients that have been shown to reduce anxiety and other behavioral issues in feline companions).
8. Cat behaviorists are available for consultation. Many of them will do an online or phone consultation.

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Many cats who are declawed go on to act out behaviorally due to the physical and emotional stress that the 100% elective amputation causes.

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Have you even stepped on a LEGO? Painful, right? Now imagine if every time you took a step, each of your toes stepped directly onto their own sharp little plastic piece. This is a reality for thousands of cats worldwide.
What is the cause of such pain? Declawing- an elective surgery that takes not only pieces of bone from a cat’s paws, but also their first lines of defense, mobility, confidence and general well being. 😔

Many cats who are declawed go on to act out behaviorally due to the physical and emotional stress that the 100% elective amputation causes. Declawed kitties also are at risk for experience arthritis, gangrene, nerve damage, lameness, tissue damage and more.

Some cats will outwardly express the pain of declawing while others suffer in silence, like Frannie and Francis pictured in this post.

Frannie & Francis came to IndyHumane as a shy, quiet bonded pair. Beneath their gentle dispositions, they had something in common- they both were hiding the immense pain caused by bone fragments left from a past declawing.

Our Staff Veterinarian, Dr. Snyder, works closely with The Paw Project to provide lifesaving repairs for cats suffering from declawing. The repair surgery is lengthy and expensive but IndyHumane endures the efforts and cots to give declawed cats the second chance at a pain and fear free future. 🐾❤️

In the pictures below, you can view the xray of what Francis’s paws looked like prior to the repair surgery. The bulky parts of the paw (circled in yellow) were the calcified bone fragments left from a past declawing. Every time Francis took a step, he had to endure an incredible amount of pain. In the next picture you can view the fragments that were taken out of his paws post repair.

Both Francis and Frannie underwent a repair and have since recovered beautifully. They are now living a life free from the unnecessary pain of their previous reality and have both found a furever home. ❤️🐱

In a perfect world there would be no declawings- but until then we will continue educating the public and advocating for the cats who need it most. IndyHumane is able to give cats like Francis and Frannie their second chance at a pain free future because of generous donors like you. If you would like to support the repair surgery for kitties to come, you can donate through this facebook post or through our website at:

To learn more about the myths and harm of declawing visit: THE PAW PROJECT

Declawed Veterinarian Victims

Declawing has been banned in most all of Canada, VCA Pet Hospitals in Canada have stopped declawing, it is banned in New York State, 8 California cities, Denver, Banfield Pet Hospitals have stopped declawing nationwide and many states in the USA have bills in legislation to ban it.

Declawing is a series of bone amputations. Declawing is more accurately described by the term de-knuckling and is not merely the removal of the claws, as the term “declawing” implies. In humans, fingernails grow from the skin, but in animals that hunt prey, the claws grow from the bone; therefore, the last bone is amputated so the claw cannot re-grow. The last bone of each of the ten front toes of a cat’s paw is amputated. Also, the tendons, nerves, and ligaments that enable normal function and movement of the paw are severed. An analogous procedure applied to humans would be cutting off each finger at the last joint.
Declawing, also known as onychectomy (än-ik-ek-tō-mē), is a major surgical and potentially crippling procedure that robs an animal of its primary means of defense. Declawed animals may be at increased risk of injury or death, if attacked by other animals. They are deprived of their normal, instinctual behavioral impulses to use their claws to climb, exercise, and mark territory with the scent glands in their paws.


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