Declawed Remi Needs Reconstructive Surgery On Her Paws-Shadow Needs Laser Therapy-The Paw Project

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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

LINK TO STUDY HERE http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1098612X17705044

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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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Precious-Bone Fragments & Abscesses-Repaired By Dr. Sarah Frei

 

 

Precious the cat was adopted yesterday from KC Pet Project into what we hope will now be her forever home. Precious was our longest term cat here at the shelter. She came in more than a year ago after her original owner died, and then was adopted and returned twice. She was an 8-year old, front declawed cat and had displayed behaviors, such as biting, that made finding placement for her difficult. We decided to x-ray Precious’ paws and what we found was disturbing. A botched declaw surgery years ago had left Precious with bone fragments and paw pad abscesses that surely caused her to feel intense pain with every step she had been taking!

Our amazing veterinarian Dr.Sarah Frei performed the corrective surgery in-house on March 1st on all of Precious’ toes and removed the bone fragments that had caused her pain for several years. Her toes and paw pads healed and Precious became a sweet, friendly cat again. Yesterday our entire Cat Room cheered as Precious was going home. We’ve now implemented a new policy whereby all declawed cats admitted to our shelter will have their paws x-rayed to ensure they don’t have to suffer like Precious did for far too long. Great job Dr. Frei and our entire vet clinic team!

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