CHRONIC PAIN AFTER DECLAWING: This is the sweet Miss Tooters. She is around 2 years old and is from Southern Indiana. She was found as a stray outside already declawed on all 4 feet.
Her new guardians are determined to provide her a home for the rest of her life but would like to figure out how to get her to use her litter box more consistently. She prefers soft surfaces like blankets and clothing. They made the over two hour drive to see Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Cat Care Clinic in Indianapolis for a free paw evaluation with Xrays.
Only one small bone fragment was found (most likely not the primary problem) however, her front left foot was very contracted similar to hammer toe (see pic below). This can be very painful, especially when trying to dig in litter. She was also quite obviously against us touching or even coming close fo touching her toes during the exam.
She was put on pain medication for some relief. The hope is that given her young age maybe the hammer toe can be relaxed a bit and she can lead a life of less pain that declawing has given. If her pain cannot be managed the fragment can be removed and affected hammer toes stretched or tendons surgically cut for relief.