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

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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!

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Zoe Was Declawed And Then His Teeth Were Taken Out Because He Started Biting-PAW PROJECT Will Help Relieve Some Of His Pain

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This poor cat Zoe, was declawed by his owners, and then when having behavioral issues with biting (very common in declawed cats that are in pain) they actually took him to a vet who agreed to remove his canines!!!! I wish I knew who did this to him. We will be working with Dr. Doub (The Paw Project- Utah) to get this boy in for an an evaluation and we will do everything we can to help him reach a point where he is no longer in pain! This horrific mutilation of cats must stop! Thankfully, Davis County immediately reached out to us on this boy. Even though they cannot currently touch him at all -they are taking great care of him until we can get him on pain meds and sedated for his evaluation. It’s even more horrifying that the vet who removed his canines did not educate these people on why this cat is in so much pain and being aggressive probably the same but that declawed him! Then further maimed him by removing his healthy teeth…. we will be setting up a fundraiser to help Zoe so please when you see the fundraiser go up help us help him! Please share this post and help us educate about ending this mutilation of our feline friends! #declawedanddumped #bandeclawing#pawproject

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WARNING: GRAPHIC-Declawed Sam Adams Cat Needed Surgery On His Infected Paws/Infected Bones-Paw Project Operates

 

The Paw Project added 7 new photos to the album: SAM ADAMS’ PAW REPAIR — at Kindness Animal Hospital.
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Thanks to Dr. Suzanne Hurst, Paw Project-Oklahoma Director, of Kindness Animal Hospital for performing the surgery. Sam Adams had been declawed and was in pain and had trouble walking. He had his procedure on June 29, 2018. He did very well. Dr. Hurst found infection in his declawed toes. GRAPHIC PICTURES, SORRY. She cleaned out the infection and will continue to treat Sam during his recovery.

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Oakley Cat Is Crippled & In Constant Pain From Declawing/Flat Paws & KoKo Cat Had Huge Bone Pieces-Both Cats Needed Surgery-Paw Project

 

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Declawed & Dumped-Egret & Maddie-Have Toe Joints That Wouldn’t Fully Extend From Years Of Walking Abnormally

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This is Egret (Black & White) & Maddie (White) from our friends at the League City Animal Shelter just south of Houston. These poor girls were surrendered for unknown reasons. They were taken to see Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Feline Medical Center in Houston for a paw evaluation last week. A couple of very small bone fragments were seen on the Xray however they are so small that surgery is most likely not going to be beneficial for them. On physical exam Maddie would not allow her back to be pet and tried to bite multiple times and both had toe joints that wouldn’t fully extend from years of walking abnormally. Both girls had small shriveled paw pads with small pressure sores on them. A pain and anxiety medication trial will be started for both cats that will hopefully increase their chances of finding a forever home. Please wish them luck as we continue to work with them to relieve their discomfort!

 

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MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT “CAT-SCRATCH DISEASE” – by the Paw Project

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MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT “CAT-SCRATCH DISEASE” – by the Paw Project
First, “Cat-Scratch Disease” is a misnomer…caused by misunderstanding about the cause of the disease. In scientific literature, the disease is currently more often called Bartonellosis. Bartonellosis, caused by the bacteria Bartonella henselae, is transmitted via flea feces. Declawing is not recommended on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage regarding prevention of Bartonellosis (http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/diseases/cat-scratch.html). While it can be argued that flea “dirt” embedded under a cat’s nails can be the source of infection when a person is scratched, it can also be caused by flea bites, or any wound caused by any means that is contaminated by fleas feces containing the Bartonella bacteria. The logical and medically sound method of prevention is to provide solid, ongoing flea control, not amputation of a cat’s digits.

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A Rant From A Paw Project Veterinarian Director-STOP! Just stop.

Janet Gordon Palm
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WARNING. A RANT IS ABOUT TO ENSUE.
A CALL TO ACTION TO MY VETERINARY COLLEAGUES.
STOP! Just stop.

Today I am simultaneously elated, and deflated.
I am elated that New Jersey just passed an anti-declawing bill through the first committee meeting. Soon, they will be on the right side of history on this issue. The enlightened Veterinarians and public will be following in the footsteps of Denver, British Columbia, and several California cities, not to mention 32 countries in banning multiple digit amputations.

I am ashamed and disappointed in many of my colleagues. How can a “Feline Friendly” or Fear Free” certification even be promoted in the same practice that allows declawing- for ANY reason. (An exception for medical reasons for the CAT’S benefit exists-such as in trauma or cancer)
Some Veterinarians I have questioned profess that they are adamant that they are against the government dictating their client-doctor decisions. FYI- The government would not be called on to create a ban, if veterinarians would take a committed stand against this inhumane procedure.

EVOLVE ALREADY!
There is absolutely NO adequate reason to currently declaw a cat. Excuses that have been disproved include:
1) Human Health/Immunosuppressed reasons. The CDC does NOT condone declawing for human health reasons. Cats are more likely to bite, or become aggressive once declawed. A biting cat would be much worse than a scratch.
2) There will be more homeless cats.
Contrary to another popular myth, a recent study has shown that MORE cats are surrendered to rescues AFTER declawing, due to the behavioral changes that have now been documented.
3) Landlords require declawing. Landlords that previously demanded renters have all cats declawed to “protect their structures” will now allow a letter written in the cats defense by the veterinarian. When they become educated that more cats urinate outside of the box once declawed, they acquiesce.
U.K. veterinarians that have come to the U.S. report that they’ve not seen so many cat behavioral problems until practicing in the US, and they are all declawed. (It is illegal in Europe).

I don’t like to point blame. I would rather educate so as Maya Angelou was quoted as saying: “Once we know better, do better” The public requires education so they will know enough not to request this. I challenge those veterinarians that are too set in their antiquated ways to evolve, to THINK through what long term “phantom” pain complications an amputee actually endures, not to mention having to walk on each of the stubs-forever.
Those cats that seemingly compensate and show no signs to an owner, have no comparison to what life would have been like fully equipped to comfortably stretch, run and turn on a dime, in lightening speed.

I am not trying to be arrogant I promise. I am ashamed and saddened to admit that I too had performed this procedure in the past, as a last resort, thinking I was helping to keep cats in the home. We now know that they are actually better off being given up, as they have a better chance of thriving.

This long and hard fought challenge to educate to inspire, motivate and touch people to make the right decisions for cats, turned into today’s rant, as it was fueled today by this poor baby. Goldie was surrendered to the Roice Hurst Humane Society when his owner passed away. He is 12 years old, declawed with many of the pads cut away, and lesions on his feet indicating possible pathology internally. He is obviously obese, since he adopted a sedentary lifestyle years ago to compensate.
I was called to see if there is anything we can do to help him find a home. He is so grumpy that adoption is not likely for him unless we can determine the source of pain and see if managing that will turn him back into the sweetheart he showed himself to be with me today.
The plan is to laser him today with my Erchonia non-heat producing Class 2 Laser, get him on Gabapentin for pain, take him to a local clinic tomorrow to get x-rays on his feet and blood tests.
I appreciate the veterinarian working with me on this (I don’t have her permission yet to disclose their information) as well as Jodi Summers from Roice Hurst. Will keep you posted.

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