Declawed Wilson Had Bone Fragment Regrowth Inside His Paws

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THANK YOU DR. KATIE DYER, PAW PROJECT-MICHIGAN DIRECTOR and the wonderful staff at Wixom Family Pet Practice for helping Wilson. In February, the local Animal Control received a call about a 9-year-old cat, Wilson, whose very elderly owner hd been moved into a group home … and Wilson had been left behind in the house, with neighbors caring for him. In addition to losing his home and his owner, Wilson was front declawed and underweight. Overall he looked awful upon intake. He stayed at Warren Animal Control for a few days until a foster was located by the kind folks at Paws for Life Rescue & Adoption. The Rescue also arranged to have Wilson’s paws x-rayed by Wixom Family Pet Practice. Sadly, it was discovered that he did have fragment regrowth in his toes. Wilson had surgery on 3/27/19 by Dr. Dyer and company and is now back in foster care, recovering comfortably and awiting his forever home. #pawproject #stopdeclawing


New Lease On Life-Vets Helping Declawd Cats

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:


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.


Declawed Nibs Has Been Crippled By A Veterinarian & A Veterinarian Is Relieving His Pain


The Paw Project
2 hrs ·
Another declawed/crippled cat treated by Paw Project Director, Dr. Rocio Bellido. ❤️❤️❤️
Nibs is a 5-year old, front declawed, female cat that was surrendered to KC Pet Project, where Dr. Bellido practices. After taking x-rays of her paws, it was discovered found she had residual P3 bone fragments in all her toes as a result of the declaw procedure. These pieces of bone were pushing against the paw pad causing calluses and pain. She also had nail regrowth.


Declawed Sophie-Returned Several Times For Litterbox Avoidance-Paw Project Client

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The Paw Project
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PAW PROJECT HELPS ANOTHER CRIPPLED CAT. Today was a big day in the Paw Project-Utah Operating Room! Dr. Kirsten Doub and Dr. Timna Fischbein (of Best Friends Animal Society), worked together to repair Sophie’s paws! Sophie is a declawed cat who has been adopted and returned several times for litterbox avoidance. Dr. Kirsten Doub, Paw Project-Utah Director, was able to pass on her considerable surgical paw repair experience and skill set to another compassionate Utah veterinarian in the hopes that more cats can be helped locally…two compassionate and caring DVMs working together to save one cat that another DVM butchered by declawing it!