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I am a declawed kitty who was dumped because I developed behavior problems, I bite all the time, my paws have phantom pain-I shake them when I jump and I have a sore back-probably premature arthritis from waking unnaturally as I lack my much needed claw toe bones, cats walk on their toes, unlike humans who walk on their feet. I was found wandering the woods without any defense, dumped like garbage because I became anti-social. Since 1952, millions of cats have been getting their p3 claw bones amputated, they end up walking on their p2 bones, or wrists. About 30,000 cats are declawed daily in the USA. Declawing was invented by the AVMA in 1952, it is a billion dollar industry. All cats suffer from declawing, some show it more than others. All cats who are declawed are always in pain. A cat hides pain, they learn to live with pain. There are plenty of true accounts of cats who have complications from declawing, some had bone regrowth, some have bone pieces inside their paws, some limp, some urinate everywhere but the litter box, some have had their entire paws amputated, it causes physical and psychological permanent damages.
The AVMA, AAHA, and AAFP have declaw policies but they do not enforce them. These associations care more about the welfare of their members than they do for the well being of cats Their due paying members declaw kittens during the spay/neuter which is against policy, the kitten is supposed to be given a chance to be trained and to use the many options available such as Soft Paws nail caps, sisal and cardboard scratching posts, sprays, tapes, etc. Veterinarians who declaw do as they please without anyone enforcing them to do the right thing. They mutilate kitty paws for profit only, and use the excuse “your furniture will not get ruined”. Declawing is legal animal cruelty, there is a reason it is banned in eight California cities, Denver, Nova Scotia and many countries never declawed, it is considered a felony animal abuse crime.
If you can, please give your buisness to veterinarians who do not declaw. Animals can sense the screams on those clinic walls from cats waking up from their declaws, it has been known some veterinarians do not use the full amount of meds required during a declaw. You are not there to see what goes on, I have heard of veterinarians not using any meds at all! This is why clients have to call first before they pick up their cat, they don’t want you to see the bloody paws or bloody crate. They do not want you to make a surprise visit in case you hear your cat screaming. A vet tech quit because a cat woke up and bashed itself against the cage because she was in so much pain, she died in her bloody torture chamber. Animals sense cruelty-that’s why they fear going in for check-ups, there is a thing now called ‘Fear Free Pets’ that the veterinary industry is pushing. Try to use veterinarians who do not declaw, your pets are traumatized at every vet visit because they think their body parts will be amputated-animals are smart and sense exactly what goes on in those ‘chambers of horror’.
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