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!
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.
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.
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