Bernie was adopted recently after he was found in a ditch. Jill took him to the vet and had x-rays done of his paws to see why he cannot walk properly, why every step he takes he is in pain. The x-rays show severe arthritis in Bernie’s paws, which is common among declawed cats, and gets worse when they ge older. His hips are so sore he lays down like a dog with hip dysplasia. Notice in the photo’s his flat paws, this is called pamagrade stance-abnormal standing posture. The x-rays show the p3 bones missing and the p2 bones are curled with arthritis.
Declawing is animal abuse, there is no excuse for veterinarians to perform this life long pain filled barbaric procedure. A pet is supposed to go to a veterinarian to be healed, not mutilated.
Thank you Jill for saving Bernie, who otherwise would have probably died alone, knowing he was mutilated for profits by hands that took an oath to heal and knowing he was dumped by someone who did not want him anymore because they realized he was handicapped and did not want to face their guilt for what they did to him.
“A 1994 study by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine found that of 163 cats who were declawed, 50 percent had one or more complications immediately after surgery, such as pain, hemorrhage, lameness, swelling, and non-weight bearing. Of the 121 cats whose progress was followed after surgery, 20 percent had continued complications, such as infection, regrowth, bone protrusion into the pad of the paw and prolonged intermittent lameness and palmagrade stance (abnormal standing posture).”
“Scratching is a natural feline behavior that meets cat’s many needs. That’s why declawing has long-lasting effects on cats. Once their claws have been removed, they can no longer perform their natural stretching and kneading rituals. They become weaker as they age and may experience debilitating arthritis in their backs and shoulders.”