Polydactyl Cat Literally Has Butchered Paws-From Alaska’s KAAATs




Four Paws Declawed-Dumped In A Ditch-Severe Arthritis In Paws-Walking Is Painful


Bernie was adopted recently after he was found in a ditch. Jill took him to the vet and had x-rays done of his paws to see why he cannot walk properly, why every step he takes he is in pain. The x-rays show severe arthritis in Bernie’s paws, which is common among declawed cats, and gets worse when they ge older. His hips are so sore he lays down like a dog with hip dysplasia. Notice in the photo’s his flat paws, this is called pamagrade stance-abnormal standing posture. The x-rays show the p3 bones missing and the p2 bones are curled with arthritis.

Declawing is animal abuse, there is no excuse for veterinarians to perform this life long pain filled barbaric procedure. A pet is supposed to go to a veterinarian to be healed, not mutilated.

Thank you Jill for saving Bernie, who otherwise would have probably died alone, knowing he was mutilated for profits by hands that took an oath to heal and knowing he was dumped by someone who did not want him anymore because they realized he was handicapped and did not want to face their guilt for what they did to him.

“A 1994 study by the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine found that of 163 cats who were declawed, 50 percent had one or more complications immediately after surgery, such as pain, hemorrhage, lameness, swelling, and non-weight bearing. Of the 121 cats whose progress was followed after surgery, 20 percent had continued complications, such as infection, regrowth, bone protrusion into the pad of the paw and prolonged intermittent lameness and palmagrade stance (abnormal standing posture).

“Scratching is a natural feline behavior that meets cat’s many needs. That’s why declawing has long-lasting effects on cats. Once their claws have been removed, they can no longer perform their natural stretching and kneading rituals. They become weaker as they age and may experience debilitating arthritis in their backs and shoulders.



Declawed Mr. Louis Has Joint Swelling And His Toe Tendons Are Starting To Freeze


This is the lovable and cuddly Mr. Louis. He was recently adopted, as an already declawed cat, by a family that is very attentive to his needs. He has not displayed any behavior abnormalities however he walks like “a women in wobbly stilettos” so was taken to Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Feline Medical Center in Houston for an evaluation.
No bone fragments were found on the X-rays however he cannot fully extend one wrist due to joint swelling and the tendons that move his toes are starting to contract or freeze. He walks with a less than normal balance as if walking on egg shells. With continued monitoring, joint supplements and pain management when needed he should do well in his new home.
Wish this handsome boy luck in his new home and a big thank you to his new family! Continue to educate about how declawing affects cats for the rest of their lives.



Declawed Cat-Four Years Worth Of Coiled Claw Growth Inside Pawpad


6 yr DLH brought in for possible abscess on front right paw. The owner just noticed lump on paw a couple days ago and was expecting it to be an abscess. After further inspection DVM noticed what looked like nail peeking through a tiny spot under the skin. After sedating and removing the hair, he cut open the “abscess”… This poor cat was declawed over 4 years ago before the current owner received him. When declawing, the previous DVM must have left enough behind on the dewclaw to allow it to grow back. This is at least 4+ years of nail curled around on itself underneath his skin!! Craziest thing I’ve ever seen!
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One Of The Reasons Declawing Should Be Illegal-Nationwide


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!

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.