Declawed Mr. Louis Has Joint Swelling And His Toe Tendons Are Starting To Freeze


This is the lovable and cuddly Mr. Louis. He was recently adopted, as an already declawed cat, by a family that is very attentive to his needs. He has not displayed any behavior abnormalities however he walks like “a women in wobbly stilettos” so was taken to Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Feline Medical Center in Houston for an evaluation.
No bone fragments were found on the X-rays however he cannot fully extend one wrist due to joint swelling and the tendons that move his toes are starting to contract or freeze. He walks with a less than normal balance as if walking on egg shells. With continued monitoring, joint supplements and pain management when needed he should do well in his new home.
Wish this handsome boy luck in his new home and a big thank you to his new family! Continue to educate about how declawing affects cats for the rest of their lives.




Declawed Maggie Defecates Outside The Box-Her Back Is In Pain-The Paw Project Helps With X-rays & Meds

This is Maggie. She is 11 years old and was declawed as a kitten. For many years she has defecated outside the litter box and nothing the owner has tried changed her habit. A friend of the Paw Project recommended that she have a Paw Evaluation with Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the The Feline Medical Center in Houston, TX. Luckily she did not have bone fragments left behind however she did have evidence of both toe pain and back pain. She was started on a pain management regimen that will hopefully reduce her pain. Wish her luck!
Many people ask why a cat may only urinate out of the box and not defecate or vise versa. The urinating and defecating posture for cats are different and may require strain on different muscles in the back. If back pain is present during one of those postures they may decide to go elsewhere.

The Paw Project Maggie Post Here

New Peer-Reviewed Study in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery-Pain and Adverse Behavior in Declawed Cats


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Haley Relinquished-Litter Box Issues-Paw Project Relieves Her Pain In Her Declawed Paws

This gorgeous young lady is Haley, from Fulton County Animal Center, Indiana. She was relinquished to the shelter when her owners didn’t want to find out why she was missing the litter box sometimes. These x-rays may show the answer: Haley had extremely sharp, painful fragments in her toes. And as a polydactyl cat (she has an extra dewclaw on each front foot!), she had a severely abscessed “thumb” that, when it was opened, expelled purulent material and claw regrowth. This poor kitty was in pain for months before coming to the shelter.

Luckily, shelter workers realized what she was experiencing and contacted Dr. Jessica Snyder at the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Now Haley is recovering from her declaw repair surgery and healing from her long-standing infections.

By helping The Paw Project, you are helping kitties like Haley return to a happy, healthy, comfortable life, and preventing other cats from experiencing the same excruciating pain.

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Bertha’s Declawed Paws Were In Pain-Not Using The Litter Box-Needed Surgery

Our retired shop cat, Bertha, came to us declawed several years ago. She was kind of a jerk, and urinated outside of the litter box more often than we care to discuss.

Want to know why? Those giant chunks in the picture on the upper left are BONE FRAGMENTS left behind from her declaw surgery. They are massive, and were constantly jabbing into her with every single step she took. I’d be a jerk too!

Yesterday she had paw reconstruction surgery in St. Louis by The Pet Doctor, Marcy Hammerle, and we hope (know) that this will drastically improve her comfort and quality of life.

Declawing is not just cleanly removing the nail. It’s actually amputation of their toes around their first knuckle, which completely changes how they are able to walk, and more often than not results in chronic pain that your cat is probably very good at hiding.
These bone fragments are insanely common results of declaw surgeries. If it’s not that, it’s extensive tendon damage that results in arthritic, curled under toes that Nola, our downtown cat, had. It’s painful. It’s unnecessary. Your furniture isn’t worth this pain to your cat.

Please don’t declaw. Let us help you train your cat to scratch appropriately. Have our groomer, Denise put soft paws on your cat’s nails so they don’t cause damage to your furniture. If you’ve declawed in the past, learn more about the process and make different choices for future cats – we did!

If you want to learn more about this subject, please take a look at The Paw Project documentary. We have a copy at the stores we would be happy to loan out to you!

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