Since 1950, veterinarians have been amputating kitty toes, every cat that gets declawed suffers by the hands that are supposed to heal. What an injustice that has been going on for decades all in the name of ‘furniture’. The general public is appalled this barbaric practice is still going on in our supposedly civilized society.
“Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Professor of Behavioral Pharmacology and Director of the Behavior Clinic at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and internationally known specialist in domestic animal behavioral research, explains declawing:
“The inhumanity of the procedure is clearly demonstrated by the nature of cats’ recovery from anesthesia following the surgery. Unlike routine recoveries, including recovery from neutering surgeries, which are fairly peaceful, declawing surgery results in cats bouncing off the walls of the recovery cage because of excruciating pain. Cats that are more stoic huddle in the corner of the recovery cage, immobilized in a state of helplessness, presumably by overwhelming pain. Declawing fits the dictionary definition of mutilation to a tee. Words such as deform, disfigure, disjoint, and dismember all apply to this surgery. Partial digital amputation is so horrible that it has been employed for torture of prisoners of war, and in veterinary medicine, the clinical procedure serves as model of severe pain for testing the efficacy of analgesic drugs. Even though analgesic drugs can be used postoperatively, they rarely are, and their effects are incomplete and transient anyway, so sooner or later the pain will emerge.” (Excerpted from The Cat Who Cried For Help, Dodman N, Bantam Books, New York).
This sweet boy is John from our friends at the FACE Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Indy. He was declawed on all four feet and for 10 years he has been walking on very large bone fragments and learning to deal with the discomfort. Today Dr. Moran performed the paw repair surgery he needed at the Cat Care Clinic of Indianapolis to remove bone fragments and reposition the paw pads over the toe bones.
Donations to the Paw Project made this surgery possible.