Declawed Ziggy Has A Bone Infection And His Paw Bone Is Disintegrated-His Paw Needs To Be Amputated




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We were recently contacted about a very special cat in need. As a kitten, Ziggy was declawed which is now causing complications in his now adult, 7-year-old life. We must stress our goal with this post is to advoCATe for Ziggy and hopefully further eduCATe about the ramifications of declawing along with providing information about humane alternatives (see our partner organization, Alaska’s KAAATs Paws Need Claws Brochure).
Ziggy started having issues with his front right paw, an infection in the bone, a while ago, therefore he began treatment with his vet. When his owner felt he wasn’t getting the proper care he was referred to another vet who did an exam, X-rays and discussed the options. Sadly due to the damage to his paw from the Nocardia infection and the disintegration of the bone (which you can see in the X-Ray), amputation was the best option for helping him as advised by the specialist. His owner was struggling with this decision and asked to give him medication to fight the infection.
Sadly it wasn’t improving, however, thanks to the efforts of very kind people, his owner reached out to us for support. It was shared with us that the owner was not prepared to handle keeping Ziggy if he needed the amputation and had even considered euthanasia. We discussed his quality of life and what that would look like. His quality of life now is awful. Ziggy is in constant pain, has built resistance to antibiotics, struggles to walk and is 19 pounds! Having so much pain in his paw led him to be less active which didn’t help with his weight. We discussed that if he continues in this way, he will only suffer more. However, on the other hand, providing him with the amputation surgery would only improve his quality of life and allow him to live a much happier, active one.
We were in a bind at first. We wanted to be able to help Ziggy and bring him into our Mojo’s Hope program but had to make sure we had a quiet spot for him where he could be on his own as we work through his transition. Not only would he need a spot for recovery, but Ziggy also has never lived with other animals.
Thankfully we were able to arrange a purrfect spot for him and we picked him up on Thursday. His owner completed our owner surrender form, including an agreement about not declawing any future cats (if adopting again). We also received a generous donation towards his surgery which we appreciated.
Yesterday we took him into our fab vet at VCA Alaska Pet Care Animal Hospital and reviewed all of the diagnostics done, did a wellness exam and our vet is discussing the X-Rays with the specialist again. Since he was already consulted with through the previous vet, limb amputation is likely the way we will need to go. We are starting Ziggy on special food to help with his weight loss, along with building enrichment activities to help get him a bit more active in the interim. We have him on meds to help alleviate the pain in his paw and his surgery will be scheduled for as soon as possible.
We do not have an estimate on the amputation surgery yet, but based upon our previous experiences with amputations, we know it will be costly. If you would like to donate towards Ziggy’s surgery and care, we have several options:
1. The @venmo app we receive the funds without any fees. Just search for @mojoshope
2. Our PayPal link on our website:
3. Through the Facebook Link on this post.
4. Through the mail: 2440 E Tudor Rd PMB 896 Anchorage, AK 99507
Ziggy has settled in very nicely in his foster home and we are grateful we will be able to help him to have a fulfilling life free of pain and onto his next adventure once he has recovered.



Declawed Anastasia-Litter Box Issues-X-Rays Show Contracted Painful Paws-Needs Another Surgery

Anastasia went to see a special vet today who evaluated her paws since she had previously been declawed and has a history of litter box issues. Anastasia is thought to have pain in her paws because she doesn’t jump on things, doesn’t cover stool in the litter box and avoids using the litter box for urine. Her radiographs show how tiny and contracted her paws are. See how they curl? Paws should be flat instead of looking like the kitty is walking on their toes (which is painful). Anastasia will be having a procedure that will hopefully decrease her pain and increase the likelihood that she uses her litter box in January. In addition, this old girl has early signs of Polycystic Kidney Disease. Some might think it is crazy to save an old cat with problems. You would have to meet Anastasia. She is incredibly sweet! At Boone County Animal Care, EVERY CAT MATTERS!
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Crippled From Declawing-Paws Had Large Fragments & Tendon Contracture-Paw Project Client

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This gorgeous declawed kitty had paw repair surgery earlier this week by Dr. Marcy Hammerle (Paw Project-Missouri Director) at The Pet Doctor. His feet were crippled from declawing and were some of the worst we’ve seen. He had large fragments in each toe and his tendons were very contracted. His paw pads were displaced and he had built up thickened tissue where he was walking on the tip of his toe bone without any cushioning. He had to be miserable! His surgery was complicated due to all of his issues, but he recovered well and will be going home very soon. It is so rewarding to see these cats have a more comfortable life!!


Is Your Declawed Cat In Pain? S/he May Be Eligible For Pain Relief-The Paw Project


Open Chronic Post-Declaw Pain Studies

Trial Specifics

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and analgesic effect of a novel therapy locally administered by subcutaneous nerve block injection in cats suffering from persistent and localized pain, such as that observed in some cats following onychectomy (declaw). The trial involves a one-time treatment with an investigational product administered via a subcutaneous injection around the nerves responsible the pain sensation in the front paws of declawed cats. The treatment will be administered under sedation or general anesthesia. There is no placebo in this study. An estimated 30 client-owned cats will be enrolled. Owners will be required to complete quality of life and pain surveys during the study (6 of each total). The trial site will train the owners on evaluation techniques. Trial visits include the cats’ initial consultation, treatment day (Day 0), and then recheck visits on Days 7, 14, and 28. Other medications for declaw-associated pain, except for CBD and other cannabinoids, are acceptable provided they have been administered for at least 2 weeks prior to enrolling in the study and no changes in regimen are expected in the next 4 weeks.

Trial Funding

The trial is fully funded for the full study duration (28 days). Funding includes the initial consultation, the study treatment and administration, recheck visits, required bloodwork, and management of side effects that are thought to be directly related to participation in the study.

Trial Eligibility

Trained veterinarians at the study sites will evaluate each cat for eligibility.

Cats are eligible if they meet the following inclusion criteria:

The cat has documented localized forelimb pain following onychectomy (declaw) surgery.
The cat is experiencing pain that is refractory to pain management or the owner has chosen to pursue pain management that is distinct from conventional treatment.
The cat has experienced a significant decrease in quality of life due to refractory pain (i.e., pain and mobility are negatively impacting quality of life).
Declaw procedure was performed at least 90 days before the day of RTX treatment.

Cats are not eligible if they meet any of the following exclusion criteria:

The cat is less than 12 months of age.
The cat’s body weight is less than 2 kg.
The cat may be unavailable for the entire study duration.
The cat is participating in another study.
The cat is pregnant or lactating.

This clinical trial is offered at the following location:

The Feline Medical Center
Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran
1600 Clear Lake City Blvd,
Suite B
Houston, TX 77062
Phone: 281-480-5500

The Pet Doctor, Inc
Marcy Hammerle DVM DABVP
2301 Technology Drive
OFallon, Mo. 63303
Phone: 636-561-9122

For more information about future site locations, please contact our Clinical Trial Team:


A “Licensed Professional Veterinarian” Declawed Mishka on ALL 4 Paws AND Removed All His Teeth


The NY veterinary associations successfully stopped our Cat Protection Bill in NY on Saturday. This bill would have protected cats from being declawing by these “licensed professional veterinarians.”

The big pro-declaw Veterinary Associations like the NYSVMS, AVMA, and all the other state vet associations told the NY legislators that the decision about declawing should be in the hands of the veterinary profession and not the government or social media.

These unethical NY veterinary leaders say, “we are not willing to let government decide what’s best for our patients”, “allowing legislation to ban us from doing a medical procedure is a dangerous precedent”, and that declawing has “allowed countless families to keep their feline companions.”

Well my friends. The hard, cold facts are that most of the pro-declaw veterinarians can’t be trusted that they are counseling clients about the humane alternatives, doing it as a very last resort,  giving their clients accurate declawing information, and following the guidelines that these veterinary authorities have put out.

In fact, most of them have failed over and over and over and over, year after year and it’s time for the “government AND social media” to step in! 

They declaw as a first option and don’t want to lose cat clients, don’t want to take the time to educate cat owners that declawing is really bad for their kitty cats, and gosh darn it, they enjoy the extra income it brings so they can use it for European vacations, fancy cars, and all the other fun things that life has to offer. NYSVMS Declawing Propaganda

But what about the cats folks?

We can’t even trust many of these veterinary leaders to practice what they preach. NYSVMS President & Officers & DeclawingBORDER

 I’d like for you to meet Mishka, a 4 yr old Siamese kitty.Mishka

According this the nice folks at the Williamson County Animal Shelter Shelter’s Facebook page , when Mishka was 2 yrs old, his owner had him  , “declawed on all four paws and had all of Mishka’s teeth were removed because he was chewing on baseboards and things.”

Mishka, now 4 yrs old,  was relinquished to this shelter, because his owner has poor health and can’t take care of him anymore.

Yep, a trained, licensed veterinarian, who had years of education in the veterinary medical field, made the decision to perform these “medical procedures” on this poor kitty.

I’m happy to say that Mishka was just adopted from this shelter and if I can get photos and an update on him I will post them. Here is this Texas shelter’s website

Mishka may be in a different state than NY but there are many stories like his in New York.

The President of the NYSVMS said to her vet members when they were trying to lobby the NY legislators with their declawing propaganda, “This is your opportunity to preserve your right, as a licensed professional veterinarian, to ensure you can make medical treatment decisions that are in the best interest of your patients” and that the bill to ban declawing is, “detrimental to animals and their owners.”

Is she out of her mind to think that WE are stupid and believe her misguided words. Sadly, enough of the legislators believed them,  since our bill was stopped.

What kind of “leader” fights so hard in a profession that is ALL about healing animals to keep an unnecessary and inhumane procedure on their list of veterinary “services”?   What kind of unethical mindset is this to call an elective, non-therapeutic mutilating procedure a “medical procedure” and act like how dare anyone take it away from them.

Reminds of a big cry baby on a playground when they get their favorite toy taken away.

What ever happened to doing the right thing and first do no harm.

We must stop these pro-declaw veterinary professionals from performing this torture and cruelty,  in honor of the Mishka’s and all the other 22 million kittens and cats who sadly ended up in the hands of pro-declaw veterinarians who clearly always make the wrong choice.

It’s really sad but true. They can’t be trusted to make the correct decisions when it comes to declawing.

PLEASE ask your own vet if they would stop declawing cats and you can use this note if you want. Note to Your Vet

If they won’t stop amputating kitty toes and claws then kindly let them know you are taking your business to an ethical veterinarian who doesn’t declaw cats.  There are lists of these veterinarians on my website,,, and

Thank you


Dumped Felecia’s Declawed Paws Had No Paw Pads-Her Bones Were Touching The Floor-Every Toe Had Bone Pieces

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Dr. Jessica Snyder at IndyHumane recently saw this beautiful kitty from Johnson County and was able to remove some painful fragments from her toes.

Dr. Snyder also had to reposition Felecia’s paw pads, which is a procedure that often accompanies the paw salvage surgery. Cats who have been trying to avoid walking on the painful fragments will often roll their toes forward, causing scar tissue and calluses to form just in front of their paw pads. When the fragments are removed, the calluses are also removed and the paw pads sewed into place to allow a more natural paw placement.

Felecia will be up for adoption soon through Johnson County Community Cats, now living her best, pain-free life!





**Graphic Photos Ahead**

Meet Felecia, this beautiful girl has quite the story. It’s a long one, so please hold out to the end.

Felecia came to the Johnson County Community Cats 5 years ago. She was found outside as a stray but front declawed and microchipped.
Unfortunately, the person she was microchipped to did not want her back and Felicia’s journey with JCCC began.

Before changing her name in 2018, Felecia was named “Crabby Abby” and she was named that for a reason. Because of her crabbiness, it took 4 years for her to find a home. She was loved in her new home, understood, and accepted for who and what she was. Unfortunately, life changes and her adopter had to bring her back.
This is when I met Felecia.

I had no doubt as to why she was named Crabby Abby. She growled at me for just looking in her cage and any attempt to reach in her cage resulted in a good, sound swat to the hand along with a hiss and growl to assure me that she meant business.
I remember moving her out to a cage in one of the barn rooms took 30 minutes.

Despite this, we refused to give up on Felecia, believing that she was a good cat and that we would find the thing that would help her.
As time went on, Felecia started to open up to us. She would let us pet her and slowly but surely she started showing how sweet she could be. That’s when John said we should change her name because a cat named “Crabby Abby” had to live up to the hype of the name so Felecia she became.

I mentioned before that Felecia was front declawed and this immediately became my first suspicion for why Felecia was so mean.
Declawing is an amputation of the bone and often times, bone fragments get left behind, forcing the cat to walk on their own bones with no cushion or relief.
It’s like walking with rocks in your shoes but with no way to get them out.

A paw evaluation showed that Felecia had bone fragments left in every single toe that was amputated. Every. Single. Toe.
Parts of her paw pads had also been cut during her declaw surgery and the paw pads had slipped back far enough that even the pads couldn’t provide some cushioning between her bones and the floor.
Felecia had spent the last 5 years of her life walking on nothing but bone fragments. Every. Single. Day.
I don’t know about you but I’d be pretty grumpy too.

So on Tuesday, Felecia got her paws repaired. That means every single bone fragment was taken from her toes, nail regrowth was removed, and paw pads were realigned to the best of the vet’s ability.
Felecia even had calluses on her paw pads from walking around on bones all her life.
On Tuesday, Felecia woke up from surgery without bone fragments and once she recovers she will be able to walk around pain free for the first time in years.
I can’t even imagine how amazing that will feel for her.

I’m confident that this will help with some, if not all, of the crabbiness we were seeing in Miss Felecia.
So far she’s feeling great, doing great, and being oh so sweet.
As you scroll through the pictures, I have provided details on the procedure. I have excluded the more graphic pictures.

Felecia is not the first cat who was suffering from a declawing and, unfortunately, she will not be the last.
She is a prime example of why we need to step up and say no to declawing.
To force a cat to live their lives in constant pain because you value your furniture more than your cat or because you don’t want to get scratched or because “it’s what you do to indoor cats” is not a humane choice. It is a choice that will affect that cat in one way or another until the day they die.
Yes, not all declawed cats are in constant pain but why take the risk for something that is so unnecessary?

Felecia could not speak up against declawing but I can. You can. We all can. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, your veterinarian, your local shelters, ect. why we need to end declawing. Demand better for cats just like Felicia.
Paws need claws, let’s keep it that way.
#pawsneedclaws #pawproject

Edit: I would like to thank Dr. Jessica Snyder
and the rest of the amazing staff at IndyHumane for performing Felicia’s paw repair. I really can’t express how wonderful it feels to know that there are people out there who are helping cats like Felecia get a second chance at life. You all are amazing and I, Felecia, and the rest of us at JCCC can’t thank you enough.



Homeless Declawed Champ Cat Has Painful Bone Fragments Inside His Paw Pads-The Paw Project

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The Paw Project – Texas is at The Feline Medical Center.
31 mins · Houston, TX ·
This is Champ. He is declawed and homeless. He was pulled from a Houston area shelter by a kind soul that knew he needed help so he could he safe in foster care. He won’t allow anyone to touch him and he won’t eat since being relinquished to the shelter.
Today he visited Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Feline Medical Center in Houston for a paw evaluation and overall exam. The Xrays show large bone fragments that were left behind when he was declawed years ago. In the coming days we will all be working together to alleviate his pain in the long term.