Book By Dr. Jean Hofve- Anti-Declawing Book For Cat Lovers

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Link to the book ADAH 2017 – http://www.littlebigcat.com/declawing/anti-declawing-handbook-for-cat-lovers/

Good news! We are getting closer every day to stopping declawing! Despite the opposition of veterinary associations, New Jersey and New York are both considering legislation to ban the practice in their states. The NJ assembly is voting this coming Monday (January 23, 2017) so if you are in NJ, please contact your assembly representative immediately!

To help cat lovers and animal advocates know the truth about declawing that so many veterinarians lie about, Dr. Jean has written a detailed, fully-referenced e-book called the Anti-Declawing Advocate’s Handbook. It is available for free download here (it will automatically download when you click the link):

ADAH 2017

Please download freely, and send to anyone who needs it. The file is less than 2 MB so it should be accepted by all email systems.

We know that pro-declawing vets will get hold of it, but that’s all right. They have absolutely no defense to the facts when they are truthfully presented!

Let’s stop this barbaric practice NOW!

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Paw Project Receives Five More Relinquished Declawed Cats Who Have Litter Box Issues-Bone Pieces Removed

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Today we took in 5 cats from the Humane Society of Hamilton County, all declawed and relinquished to the shelter for litterbox problems. Two of them are 15 years old. Three of the cats need surgery to remove bone fragments. Stay tuned to see the radiographs and photos of the fragments removed.

Tobias (the beautiful orange guy in the kennel second from right in yesterday’s photo) was in lots of pain. His paw x-rays showed that he had very large bone fragments in four of his five toes on his left front paw (the red arrows). When the surgery was done, the fragments were found to be around 1/2 cm (about 1/4 inch) long! We are hoping that this surgery will give him comfort and help this 15-year-old boy find a new home.

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Lucy Noland FOX 29 Interviews Dr.Jennifer Conrad-The Paw Project

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Take your paws off the claws of New Jersey’s kitties.

The Garden State is on its way to becoming the first state in the nation to ban veterinarians from declawing cats. So what’ so bad with declawing? Let me the count the ways. Take a trip back with me to October of 2013.

I was living in Los Angeles and had just met Dr. Jennifer Conrad, a veterinarian whose patients include everything from elephants to kittens. She was and remains on a mission to open the eyes of Americans through The Paw Project. It’s a movie and it’s a movement that will make cat owners think twice before declawing their beloved pet.

If you’re like me, any notion of anything gruesome has me turning away from screens big and small (it hurts my heart too much), but “The Paw Project’s” message is so strong, so poignant it doesn’t need the bloody imagery of declawing and so it doesn’t show it.

Declawing is the equivalent to chopping off the top of your fingers from the first joint. Its effects can and have led to death. Conrad says declawed housecats are much more likely to end up at a shelter, “If the cat comes home from being declawed and goes to dig in the litter box and it hurts, the cat says I’m never using the litter box again and robbed of their primary defense they begin to bite. These cats are losing their homes at a rate of two-to-one because they’re declawed.”

You can bet Conrad’s watching what’s going on in New Jersey with an eagle eye. “We are so excited,” she told me tonight. “And New York just introduced two bills today as well (S3376 and A595). So it’s going to be a race between both states.”

A race toward compassion? You can’t beat that. By the way, Conrad tells me, “Pennsylvania is a bit of a black hole when it comes to this. A lot of landlords require declawing.” Horrific.

But today, the New Jersey Assembly passed Assemblyman Troy Singleton’s bill (A3899). It adds declawing and another “procedure” that allows a cat to keep its claws but severs its tendons to a list of animal cruelty offenses. The bill makes exceptions for medical purposes. A veterinarian caught declawing would face a fine of as much as $1,000 or six months in jail. The bill now heads to a senate committee.

“It takes 20 years to change the world and we’ve been at it for 18,” chuckles Conrad, “Things are changing. The world recognizes that companion animals are part of our family and declawing is no way to treat a family member.”

The Paw Project is not only a documentary, it’s Conrad’s non-profit which now pays for the reconstructive surgery of cats big and small. It’s complex. It’s expensive. But to Conrad, it’s worth it to see a cat, be it a tiger or a Tigger walk again, play again and just be a cat again. To check out The Paw Project, give it a lift and watch the movie, here’s a link: http://www.pawproject.org/.

The United States and Canada are the only two places left in the world that actually declaw kitties. I’m hoping for total extinction here. So, my friends in New Jersey and New York, you’re on the cusp of something big. Please reach out to your legislators and help push these compassionate bills across the finish line and onto the desks of the governors.

 

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SAD STORY OF MISTER – “ACCIDENTALY DECLAWED”

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Veterinarians who declaw are causing physical and psychological damages to cats, and cat parents should be able to sue them for malpractice. Animals are not property like the veterinary associations want you to believe, they are sentient beings, there are several countries who have changed their laws and view animals as sentient beings.

SAD STORY OF MISTER – “ACCIDENTALY DECLAWED”
Jessica M. writes, “I wanted to share my story and thanks for all you do. Back in 2008, I rescued a pregnant bobtail from my parent’s house. She stayed at my house and I helped her give birth to 3 kittens. I had to give two up for adoption but I kept one. The little guy that fought for 45 minutes to come out.
I took my kitten in to be fixed when he was old enough. When I called to pick him up later that day, they told me they just finished the procedure and would be fixing him later. When I asked what procedure, they told me he was declawed.
I screamed, cried, and threw up a little (and had nightmares for two days after). The only thing they said was “He looked like another cat we have in. Don’t worry, we won’t charge you for the declawing” He’s a bobtail!! I’m sure he didn’t look like another cat. And there was nothing I could do. He has behavioral issues, to say the least, but after 8 years, he’s at least using the litter box regularly. It took a lot of patience and understanding that literally no one else gave him (roommates, significant others, family).
Him getting declawed caused so many issues for him, and I get no recourse against the people who did this. I know his paws still bother him and one still looks malformed, but what can you do at this point?
Thank you all for spreading awareness and helping these poor kitties that did nothing wrong. I wish I could save them all but…. my cat hates everything and everyone (the behavioral issue thing) so I can’t bring any more fur friends into the house.”

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Paw Project-Removes Bone Pieces On All 18 Toes-Neptune Was Not Using The Litter Box-Relinquished

Neptune was one of the lucky declawed kitties who would have been euthanized, most declawed cats who do not use the litter box or have biting or other issues usually get put down.

This is Neptune from the Southside Animal Shelter in Indianapolis. She was declawed on all four feet and recently relinquished for not using her litter box. Our friends at the shelter knew she must be dealing with pain somewhere so they paid a visit to Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Cat Care Clinic for a paw evaluation.

She exhibited signs of back pain when examined and Xrays showed bone fragments in all 18 toes! New nail was starting to grow under the skin and she was attempting to walk with more weight off of her toes than normal (palmigrade: pic below). She received surgery to remove all the fragments and hopefully offer her some relief. Wish her luck in her recovery!

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The Daily Beast Article-Declawing Is Good for Veterinarians, but Bad for Cats

Vets make big bucks off declawing surgery—and now their leaders are spending thousands to kill a proposed ban on the procedure.

BRIGETTE SUPERNOVA

05.02.16 1:02 AM ET

It’s like a scene out of a torture session that the CIA would later deny: a captor drugs and ties down the victim and begins sawing through his feet, severing ligaments, tendons, and nerves, and crushing bones. The victim is then forced to walk immediately after the disfiguring procedure on his newly amputated and painful stumps.
This sort of mutilation happens daily—luckily not to humans, but to our beloved pets in the form of cat declawing surgery. Veterinarians who perform the procedure tout it a necessary evil to protect public health and keep finicky pet owners from discarding “problematic” cats to shelters where they might be euthanized. But critics of declawing have lately been speaking out in greater numbers, claiming the antiquated service is not only purely elective, but also harmful to the very pets that vets claim to be helping.

Eight municipalities in California have successfully passed local bans on cat declawing, but now an unprecedented bill at the state level aims to make declawing illegal in New York. The bill, introduced in the Assembly and backed in the Senate, has pitted animal advocates against veterinarian groups and lobbyists willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars to keep the highly profitable procedure legal.
The term declawing doesn’t sound quite so bad—removal of the tiny talons cats use to scratch. In reality, onychectomy is much more than nail removal. Whether it’s done with inexpensive guillotine clippers (the same style used to trim cat and dog toenails) or with a laser—which makes a cleaner cut than a clipper or a scalpel—the result is the same: an amputated paw. The rounded bones removed in declawing are the very parts that allow a cat’s foot to roll forward when it walks and distributes weight in the feet as it moves. Cats are thus left with reduced mobility and largely defenseless thanks to their disfigured toes, which we often don’t see because their paw tissue is left in place.

Declawing can also cause behavioral issues—including biting, litter box problems, medical complications, and aggression. In the 2016 book Complications of Small Animal Surgery, the University of Guelph’s Ameet Singh and Brigitte Brisson note the risk factors for feline declawing: infection, pain and lameness, bone fragments, tendon contracture, paw pad trauma, arthritis, nerve damage, remaining bone protrusions, and nail regrowth—some of which require additional correction surgeries. They also note that “cats with chronic pain syndrome [post-declaw] may also exhibit behavioral changes such as increased aggression, inappropriate urination, licking or chewing at their paws, anorexia, and aversion to having their paws touched.” Without nails to defend themselves, cats are only left with teeth to bite when they wants to be left alone or are in pain.

According to one of the largest scientific studies on why cats are relinquished as pets, published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (PDF), nearly 14 percent of cats are given up for household soiling (litterbox mishaps), 28 percent for acting fearful, 10 percent for growling at people, and 9 percent for biting someone—all symptoms that have been linked to declawing. A 2004 study by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy also lists house soiling and behavioral issues as top reasons owners give up their cats.

And declawing can lead to further medical complications—including bones spurs, partial nail regrowth, and botched procedures—that require additional (expensive) surgeries. One cat owner, who asked to remain anonymous, shared a story with The Daily Beast about a veterinarian who talked them out of Soft Paws (a small, soft vinyl sheath that can be adhered to claws, rendering them incapable of piercing surfaces without affecting a cat’s health or abilities) and into declawing three rescued strays. The cost for the declawing was $1,300. The average vet fee for applying nail sheaths is $10 (and they must be replaced professionally every six weeks for a small fee). All three felines—Teegar, Abby, and Ryder—ended up with infections that eventually led to the complete amputation of their front feet. One cat even had to get its front legs removed. With costs in the tens of thousands for aftercare, the owner says their insurance company has suggested they just give up and euthanize the cats.
In the later part of the 20th century, cat declawing became an increasingly common practice at veterinary clinics. Vets informed clients that declawing protected nice furniture, prevented cats from hurting humans, and provided an easy solution to making an animal more acquiescent. By the 1990s vets were offering two- or four-paw declawing as part of a “boutique cat package” (vaccines, spay/neuter, check-ups, declaw). It was the pet-care equivalent of asking, “Do you want fries with that?” when a pet owner arrived with a new cat.

Our empathy for cats still has room for improvement. Comparatively, declawing dogs is unheard of. But in recent years, cat declawing is under more scrutiny—along with other elective pet procedures such as clipping bird wings so a pet can’t fly away, docking dog ears and tails for aesthetics, and debarking, defanging, and tattooing animals for cosmetic purposes.

One of the biggest anti-declawing boosts came from Netflix in 2014, when it started streaming Dr. Jennifer Conrad’s The Paw Project. The documentary follows Conrad’s grassroots work as she helps exotic cats (tigers, lions, cougars, and cheetahs) find relief from botched declawing jobs. As she learns of the many health and behavioral issues for large cats (and helps get a statewide California ban on exotic cat declawing passed), she turns her attention to domesticated cats. The film also documents her effort to ban cat declawing in several California towns. Along the way, the film addresses the ethical issues, medical complications, and financial rewards of cat declawing. In the film, Conrad faces opposition from veterinarians backed by aggressive lobbyists, angry that the option of declawing would be taken away from them.

Meanwhile, comprehensive behavioral studies on declawing are lacking. In 2016 declawing literature disseminated by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), studies are cited with as few as 57 cats as a sample size and some rely on data collected by untrained pet owners, not scientists, doctors, or animal behaviorists.
Pro-declaw vets claim the procedure is necessary for public health and to save cats from euthanasia. The AVMA’s position on declawing is:
The decision to declaw a cat should be made by the owners in consultation with their veterinarian. Declawing of domestic cats should be considered only after attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively or when its clawing presents an above normal health risk for its owner(s).
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) official position on declawing is:
The only circumstance in which the procedure could be condoned would be if the health and safety of the guardian would be put at risk.

Sounds sensible, especially coming from two of the most powerful animal and veterinary organizations in the United States. Yet neither of the leading organizations on human public health and safety—the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—recommend declawing. A spokesperson for WHO pointed out to The Daily Beast they do not take a stance on the issue, seeing it as a non-threat to public health, and even pointed out several countries that ban the practice. The spokesperson from the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the CDC told The Daily Beast they do not recommend declawing in any situation, but rather dissuade immune-compromised humans from getting a cat under one year of age, as kittens tend to be friskier with their claws and bites. If a person with compromised immunity still wants a cat, the CDC suggests not playing rough with cats, washing hands, keeping cats indoors, and treating all household pets for flea prevention. No mention of declawing in their recommendations or studies. Anywhere.

The bacterial infection Bartonella henselae—colloquially named cat-scratch fever—according to numerous medical textbooks and the CDC, can be contracted from ticks, fleas, dirt with flea feces in it, or any domestic pet that’s been bitten by a bacteria-inflicted flea. The only way for a human to contract the bacteria is if an open wound comes into contact with the saliva and blood of a carrier or contact with flea feces. In their FAQ, the CDC notes that if someone has been scratched by a cat, “short of cleaning the wound with soap and water, there is no particular action to take.” In rare cases where a cat-scratch infection shows symptoms (fever, swollen lymph nodes, pustulated wound, muscles ache), they are typically self-limiting—meaning they spontaneously heal—within 3 or 12 weeks.

There are an average of 22,000 cases of Bartonella henselae in the United States each year. A 2009 study noted that 437 children (the group mostly likely to be scratched, as they play haphazardly with kittens who’ve not yet learned bite/scratch boundaries) were hospitalized for symptoms requiring treatment. In modern medical literature, there is one case studylinked to this bacterial infection that led to fatal encephalitis—in a young boy who was notimmune-deficient.

With these statistics at hand, it is difficult to believe declawing is necessary as a public safety measure for humans. Surveys—like the one published in veterinary journal Pulse in Nov. 2009—cite “human health” as a reason for up to 63 percent of cat declaw procedures. The survey simultaneously cites “household destruction” as a reason for 95 percent of cat declaws. Some pet owners and vets appear to be twisting the “last resort” excuse to declaw cats that would otherwise be relinquished for scratching furniture and other possessions.

We’re a culture of quick-fixes. Rather than invest in proper behavioral training of a pet, providing proper exercise and cat-specific scratching posts, and learning to keep cat nails trimmed or using nail covers, we turn to declawing. An estimated 14 million cats (25 percent of total current cat population) have been declawed, according to a study by Gary J. Patronek published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Seven of the eight towns in California where cat declawing is now banned have provided reports to the Humane Society of the United States (which enthusiastically backs the NY statewide ban proposal). The Humane Society shared copies of these reports with The Daily Beast. Each reflects a decrease in the number of cats relinquished to shelters since the ban has taken effect—down by as much as 43 percent in Los Angeles. While there are a number of factors that affect the decision to leave a pet at a shelter for possible euthanasia (50-75 percent of cats never leave open access shelters, depending on the location), these reports indicate that the lack of access to declawing procedures does not necessarily lead to an increase in giving cats away to shelters.

So why are veterinarians fighting to keep this animal surgery legal?
Dr. Jennifer Conrad of The Paw Project told The Daily Beast that declawing has almost no overhead cost to vets and is typically suggested as an add-on when a cat must undergo anesthesia for other procedures, such as spaying/neutering. At an average cost of $200-$350 per cat for the 10-minute declaw procedure, with some vets running “sales” on declawing for as low as $75 to entice a high volume of customers, it’s an easy “cash cow” for some veterinary practices. The veterinary publication Pulse, in its Nov. 2009 issue, claimed that 5 percent of vets make over $1,000 per hour on cat declawing procedures.

The Humane Society of New York told The Daily Beast that for what it costs to get one cat declawed, the same amount could save multiple feline lives in the form of medical care, adoptions, and spay/neuters (which they offer for free) to prevent cat overpopulation.

Last year, New York state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D) introduced a bill—sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R)—that seeks to change the declawing game for cats, their owners, and veterinarians. The legislation would enact a total ban on declawing statewide. The bill did not make it to the floor in 2015, but now it’s back in committee for the 2016 legislative season. If the bill passes this year, New York will set a monumental precedent in the protection of animal rights and veterinary ethics at the state level.

According to public records available through the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics, in 2015, the New York State Veterinarians Association of Veterinarian Technicians hired a lobbying firm to block Rosenthal’s bill, at the cost of $18,000 plus expenses. The New York State Veterinary Medical Society retained professional lobbyists for six months at a retainer rate of $15,000 and a veterinary expert for educational purposes at a cost of nearly $11,000 to oppose the bill. NYVMS President Dean Snyder remarked in the organization’s July-August 2015 newsletter (PDF) that the group founded the Grassroots Legislative Network campaign “to educate lawmakers and the Committee, as well as the Assembly Majority leaders, about how this legislation would adversely affect animals and their owners. And it worked! This bill saw no other action through the end of the legislative session!” Indeed, the bill never made it to the state floor for debate.

This year, with the bill back in Committee, NYVMS has hired Wilson Elser, rated No. 1 in the state of New York by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, to lobby on its behalf. The firm was hired for a $75,000 retainer plus expenses. With 17 top-tier lawyers listed on their roster of lobbyists in documents filed with NYJCPE, the firm has an ample stable of influence-peddlers ready to block New York from becoming the first state to ban feline declawing. The firm has submitted their first memo (PDF) to politicians reiterating the “necessary for human health” argument. The Daily Beast made several attempt to contact NYSVMS and its current president for comment; the organization did not respond.

On the public-facing front, vet groups in support of declawing have a different, less obvious tactic—playing victim to garner sympathy and support.
In the organization’s January 2016 Connections publication, current NYVMS president Susan Wylegala claimed: “The increased reliance on social media for communication has added even greater implications. This past year, the impact of a cyberbullying campaign was evident in the cancelling of the AVMA [American Veterinarians Medical Association] Favorite Veterinarian of the Year contest.”

It’s an increasingly common refrain: Vets being cyberbullied by anti-declawing advocates. The AVMA canceled an online contest claiming activists hijacked the contest, where only one of the 10 “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” candidates has an openly anti-declawing practice. A 2014 AVMA study found 50 percent of vets claimed bullying via Facebook, 42 percent via poor Yelp reviews, and 25 percent via other online resources. The survey reported 47 percent of vets have considered a career change due to cyberbullying. They even offer online crisis management to dues-paying members.

Meanwhile, the AVMA sent out a newsletter to its 88,000 members targeting one particular “bully,” Lori Shepler, a former L.A. Times photographer and owner of celebrity cat City the Kitty. Shepler has become a sort of Erin Brockovich of cat declawing. She reposts vet and vet tech’s declaw posts (always with their names and faces blurred out) from their social media platforms and writes an opinionated blog about her anti-declaw stance and research. With only 2,300 Facebook followers seeing the anonymous material Shepler shares, and the AVMA calling her out by name as a threat to over 88,000 people, it raises the question, “Who’s really the bully?”
The Daily Beast reached out to the AVMA to give them a chance to respond to their “cyberbully” discussions and to inquire why they do not back the New York state ban proposal. They had no comment.

Meanwhile, with income and partnerships at stake, some notable animal rights organizations have chosen not to rock the boat over the declawing ban, by remaining silent on the proposed NY bill. Reviewing the list of active supporters of the proposed legislation, there are a few glaring omissions. The Daily Beast reached out to the ASPCA to inquire why they are not vocally backing the bill, as many other humane and local animal organizations have. Their press representative told us she’d get get back to us, and simply emailed us the position available on their website (and quoted earlier in this article), that makes an allowance for declawing in cases of human health interests.

The Daily Beast also reached out to the largest no-kill rescue in New York, North Shore Animal League, which touts celebrities like Beth Stern and George Clooney as spokespersons and adopters. We asked their Director of Communications why, as a highly visible operation, they are not backing the NY bill to ban declawing. She told us as a non-profit they do not take a position on legislation, and said she’d get back to us after speaking with the organization’s executives. She did not get back to us as of press time. However, their website does indeed illustrate involvement in previous legislative activity, such as the ban on puppy mills in New York and regulation of horse carriages in New York City.

Declawing is a significant income source for some veterinarian practices. And some of these medical professionals are determined to keep the archaic practice of cat declawing in their arsenal of services that benefit humans, not animals. They believe they hold the right to choose whether a cat is declawed—not the state, a city, animal behaviorists, nor any veterinarians’ association dedicated to humane cat treatment. They are smoke screening their clients, politicians, and the public on the issue—and feline victims remain helpless at their whim.