One Of The Reasons Declawing Should Be Illegal-Nationwide

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Dr. Rachel Fuentes
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This my friends is one of the many reasons declawing cats has fallen out of favor. During the onychectomy (declaw procedure) it is possible to leave a small amount of viable tissue, which is exactly what happened here. This cat was declawed 12 years prior, but the dewclaw (“thumb area”) regrew under the skin and wasn’t noticed until recently. I was able to remove the offending nail and tissue with success, but this really adds a face (or foot) to the issues with declawing. The downsides far outweigh the benefit for this procedure. Let me know if you have any questions!

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X-Rays Tell The Story! What Really Happens To A Declawed Cat! Margarte Tompkins, KC Pet Project

 

X-Rays Tell the Story !! What Really Happens to a Declawed Cat!!

Shelters all over the country are seeing more older owner surrender declawed cats coming their way. Some of these cats have behavior problems and/or litter box issues which are likely reasons for their surrender in the first place.
I volunteer at KC Pet Project, one of the largest no-kill open admissions shelters in the country. It’s located in Kansas City, MO. They looked for reasons behind that behavior and found that many of these cats had bone fragments in their paws as leftovers from declaw procedures that were causing t hem extensive pain. Can you imagine walking every step on shards of glass? That’s what these cats were feeling. KCPP now routinely X-rays the paws of all declawed cats. If the damage is severe, they do reconstructive surgery on the paws of the cat.

Bone fragments are often left as the result of a declaw procedure making it difficult and painful for the cat to walk, use the litter box, and just be a cat! At KCPP, there is a small bulletin board display that contains an X-ray of a declawed cat and some informational material. Counselors helping adopters select a cat, can lead them by the display and discuss why they shouldn’t declaw their cat. The X-ray is the focal point for an educational discussion that isn’t judgemental. In a previous post Rick Andrius requested that X-ray so here it is and I’ll try to explain it.

X-rays look beyond the fluffy paw of a cat to reveal the devastating damage this is underneath in the paws of some declawed cats.

IMAGE 1: This is the X-ray that is on display. It shows the paws of Precious, a KCPP cat. Those little triangular pieces at the ends of the toes are P3 remnants. P3 is the bone the claw grows out of that is cut out when declawing. These are the bone fragments that are causing such pain for the declawed cat.

IMAGE 2: shows (on the right) a normal paw with claws, and (on the left) a declaw with no P3 remnants.

WHY IS DECLAWING LEGAL? Good question and many have asked. It’s illegal in these countries: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia, Malta, and Israel.

WHAT ABOUT THE US? Declawing is now prohibited in eight California cities: West Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills and Culver City. There are bills proposed in 4 states trying to ban declawing: New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Spread the word that shelters receiving declawed cats should X-ray their paws. If reconstruction surgery is needed, work to help raise funds for the procedure. It’s an investment in the life of the cat!! Work with a compassionate local veterinarian who will perhaps donate one such surgery per month.

IMAGES 3 & 4: Things to look for in your declawed cat. Meet Candy Corn, another KCPP cat. Her paws had become bent and sort of deformed due to being declawed. Also, when she sat, she’d often held one paw up.

IMAGE 5: Meet Beauford. This story has a happy ending but wow!! It breaks my heart! Beauford was a declawed cat resident at a local animal shelter and I believe he was owner surrendered. He bit people!! After being on multiple bite holds for 10 days each, he was going to be put down for his bad behavior. A wonderful good samaritan stepped in and took him to HELP Humane Society – A True No Kill Animal Shelter, in Belton, MO. They immediately accessed the situation and thought that bone fragments could be in his paws causing great pain and hence his biting behavior. He soon went to the vet for X-rays which confirmed the need for reconstruction surgery. He received the procedure and it was life changing for Beauford. He no longer bit people!! He purred his heart out!! After a period of recovery, he was adopted by a loving family.

IMAGE 6: This is the little bulletin board in the KC Pet Project cat adoption area. It contains the X-rays and other information about cat declawing. It provides adopters with a focal point that counselors can use to discuss declawing in an educational and non-judgmental way.

MESSAGE TO SHELTERS EVERYWHERE: Please X-ray the paws of your declawed cats especially those who are having behavior or litter box issues. Get them the life saving reconstruction surgery if needed.

SPECIAL THANKS to Sally McCampbell for the X-rays and research information for this post.

 

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Penny’s Paws Are In Constant Pain-She Was Going To Be Euthanized-Please Donate For Her Paw Surgery

Hello,
My name is Penny and I’m a very pretty blue Snowshoe kitty and I’m about 3 1/2 – 4 years old but I have a really awful history. Despite that, I’m a sweet girl and I am quite affectionate.
My previous caretaker chose to have me declawed on my front feet and it was done very badly. My poor front feet hurt so badly ALL THE TIME so I don’t like the litter box. Hey it feels like walking on sharp pieces of glass! It turns out I am totally faithful to a pee pad in or out of a litter box (I have never missed at my foster home).
My caretaker passed away recently and her daughter decided that since I am not good with the litter box and she didn’t really want to be bothered with me, so she took me to the shelter and ask that they put me to sleep.
Instead, since I am such a young kitty, the shelter had her sign me over as an owner-surrender. That’s when Austin Siamese Rescue came to my aid and I came to Killeen to stay with my new foster family.
At the vet I had an x-ray of my feet which showed shards of bone were left in three toes of my left paw and one in the right paw. If you watch me I am constantly lifting my paws due to the pain and sometimes I even lick them because they hurt. I was immediately put on some anti-inflammatory pain meds to make me more comfortable but I need surgery to take out those shards so I’ll be more comfortable.
Austin Siamese Rescue is asking for help to fund my surgery and in the meantime foster mom is making me as comfortable as possible and loving on me a million times a day (I’m in the bathroom ).
If you can donate to help me get my surgery to fix the bad declaw please either use the “PayPal Donate” button on the ASR home page and note that it is for Penny’s surgery http://www.austinsiameserescue.org/ OR you can donate directly to the vet clinic by calling Firehouse Animal Health Center in Leander, TX, at (512) 980-2080 (you can use a credit or debit card with both) or you can mail a check or money order to Austin Siamese Rescue, P. O. Box 13474. Austin, TX 78711-3474.
Please make sure to mark your donation for Penny’s Surgery. We are looking to gather around $500 which will cover the surgery and aftercare.
THANK YOU!!!

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Alaska’s KAAAT’s-Mayo Has Had A Botched Declaw-She Limps-Paw Is Mutilated

MAO (A234139) Her eyes share her story… please read her bioAlbumsMAO (A234139) Her eyes share her story… please read her bio
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MAO (A234139) is an incredible beauty that at 8 years young has found herself at the shelter looking for a new home. Her story may break your heart as it did ours, the second we met her. The first day MAO was on the adoption floor she was so terrified, but her eyes were so trusting. When we stepped in to visit with her, we saw that one of her paws is mangled. Why is her paw mangled? Due to a botched declawing surgery (which may have been done several times in attempts to repair the damage). When she walks she has a little limp and that just makes our hearts ache. This most PURRecious and beautiful girl had this surgery done (we don’t know the reasons and honestly we don’t want to). Unfortunately the damage is done and now she is the one who has to have this affect her. We cannot express enough how inhumane declawing is to your cat. The amount of damage that can occur and the potential for behaviors to develop are much higher when you subject a precious cat to such a barbaric surgery. There are other ways to help your cat redirect their scratching if that is the behavior of concern. Despite what has happened to MAO she is the most loving, trusting soul that just wants to snuggle up by your side. She immediately comes to you, lays right next to you or on you with one of her paws, even showing you the one that is damaged. Our hearts just ache when we think about what she has been through and is still a most remarkable sweet kitty girl. She requires a peaceful adult home without other pets. We are grateful she will have the chance to find a new loving home and we are hopeful it will be a home that is very understanding about cats who have been declawed and seek support from their veterinarian to help her out even more. MAO (A234139) is available for adoption at Anchorage Animal Care and Control located at 4711 Elmore Rd, Anchorage, Alaska. Opened M-F: 11-7; Weekends: 10-6. Phone number is 907-343-8122. MAO’s(A234139) adoption fee is currently $32.00. The adoption fee includes her vaccinations, microchip, cardboard carrier, a free vet exam and other goodies. Please be ready to adopt this very special girl and give her a home that is committed to helping her stay happy and healthy. Love HER! ❤ Please visit the The Paw Project and City the Kitty to learn more about the ramifications of declawing and also support for cats who are already previously declawed.

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Ozmin Surrendered-Botched Declaw-Litter Box Issues-In Pain 24/7/365

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Meet Ozmin aka B5 (big beautiful Bengal badboy). He was surrendered to an animal shelter in NJ after getting a botched declaw job. When his owners surrendered him, they cited “behavior problems” (urinating outside the box, anti-social behavior, aggressiveness). He was later adopted by another family, who also returned him for not using his litterbox. After nearly 9 months at the animal shelter, finally he was adopted by a kind person who recognized the pain of his botched declaw and he got a paw repair surgery wherein the vet amputated another 10 toe bones from his front feet. This was called a “re-declaw” because it was another round of amputations of the same toes. (If you do the toebone arithmetic, you can see why he basically has no front toes left.) Since removing the crushed bone fragments from his front feet, Ozmin now uses his litterbox perfectly. Even though half his toe pads were cut out during his declaw, and most of the soft tissue had also been removed from his front paws, Ozmin is doing his best to live like a normal cat, but he will never be a normal cat again. He is just grateful that he doesn’t have to walk on the crushed ends of his toe bones anymore, especially without sufficient soft tissue or toe pads to cover the ends of those bones as they ground into the floor with each step. (We speculate that he had been declawed by guillotine cutters, which crush the P3 bones off, but often damages the adjacent P2 bones as well as leaves P3 bone fragments behind.)
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There is a myth that declawing keeps cats in homes. There have been no published reputable or statistically-significant studies that prove that declawing has kept cats in homes. The “declaw or death” scenario was a false hypothesis from many decades ago — and it is still false today. On the contrary, there is real-life data that shows that in cities where declaw bans have been enacted, the exact opposite has happened — there have been sustainable decreases in the number of surrendered cats over multi-year periods after the declaw bans were enacted. Let’s base our claims and policies on facts and evidence and data, not just ideology or unsupported hypothesis.
Please support us in our mission to #bandeclawing — first in NJ where we have been advocating for the pending legislation, then in the rest of the country. http://www.copcats.org

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