Ara-Her Story As A Declawed Cat

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I wanted to share the story of Ara… She was an owner surrender in December 2016 and went to a new home. She had originally been found wandering outside in 2014! And she is four paw declawed!
Ara stayed with the family that found her but gave her up because she was biting. They attributed it to the new baby. In her last home, she did not use the litter box. Soon her gorgeous white hair, was yellowing. In May of this year, thankfully, the Durant Animal Rescue Allicance, had an opening with their special needs foster in Dallas. So Ara went to live in Dallas… and as sweet as she is, and as beautiful, she still was displaying her issues.
After we posted about Sam Adams, the questions came up for Ara! So last week she saw a vet and her feet were xrayed. What they found was not a pretty picture at all.
Ara had surgery July 31, 2018 in Arlington… Dr. Franklin reported: There were fragments, Spurs and/or fibroids in every single toe. Dr. Franklin opened up every one and removed something. He said she would never be okay. When he got in there and looked it was just awful but he believes she will be better than what she was.

***Ara will suffer arthritis and permanent nerve damage due to being declawed.

Please do not declaw your cat.
And if you have a cat that is declawed..get their feet checked, whether you think there are issues or not.
And if there are issues and your cat is declawed… get their feet checked. Do not poo poo off the notion, that your cat cannot possibly be having an issue due to declawing.. yes, yes they can.. we are seeing it way too often.

Peanut-His Declawed Story

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Peanut .. his declawed story
Peanut the declawed cat. He was surrendered to the Midwest City Oklahoma Animal shelter.. a city shelter.. a kill shelter.. for being aggressive and not using his litter box. Jana Bellerr posted a video showing Peanut and it was a sad, mad, aggressive kitty. He was covered in fleas! He was just simply miserable and his owners totally failed him when they dropped him at a city shelter. He was not going to make it out of that shelter alive unless rescue took a chance and pulled him. So with community support, that is what happened! We got him to our awesome vet peeps at Harvest Hills and Peanut was treated for fleas and worms, and that for sure, made a world of difference! He was checked for UTI and none was found. He was kept safe, updated on his vaccinations and microchipped. And on Wednesday July 25, 2018, headed off to see a specialist in regards to his paws.
Dr. Suzanne Hurst with Kindness Vet Hospital in Tulsa Oklahoma, checked Peanut and shared a video showing how Peanut was not walking normal, “The video shows how he walks back in his feet to try to take pressure off his toes.”
Also check out the Xrays to see the bone fragments.. there were 7 total and 1 piece of odd tissue. And then look at the photo of the pad of his foot, you will see calluses… “If you look at the xray you can see those fragments line up perfectly with those callouses.” The physical exam showed, “His toes were painful when I palpate. Grumbled some but no biting. Many pets don’t like their feet touched. But We cannot assume there is no pain. I would rather assume their IS pain. Take those bone fragments and put them in you socks and walk around on them. It will hurt. And then imagine the fragments are pushing directly on nerves and bones with no cushion of skin and tissue in between. OUCH!”
So the next pictures are the bone fragments being removed and the bone fragments themselves. ” Peanut’s procedure took an hour instead of 2 1/2 hours like Sam’s did! All is good! Removed 7 fragments and 1 piece of odd tissue. Peanut Woke up hungry. Had breakfast and is now snoozing!”
Peanut is now in a foster home recovering.


Sam Adams-His Declawed Story

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Sam Adams is a giant Tuxedo boy that was taken to the Chickasha OK Animal Shelter a few weeks ago by his owner. He was owner surrendered with the information that he was 4 years old, neutered, declawed, didn’t use the litter box and was aggressive. The ACO, Layce Graham, stated to us, this was the most aggressive cat she had ever encountered. They could not even get him out of the carrier.. the owner had to leave it. Now I want to say.. in most all situations like this, this cat would have been instantly carried back to the “death room” and euthanized. Shelters are not equipped to deal with situations like this. However, ACO Graham, is cut a bit differently and is heavily involved in local animal rescue and is a member of the Oklahoma Rescue Network. She knew there was more to Sam’s story and she reached out to us.
The first thing we recommended was an xray of the declawed paws and ACO Graham got that done. Sam had to be sedated, then xrayed and it was shocking but not surprising what was found. His paws were in bad shape and he was in extreme pain. He immediately was put on pain meds.
Next step… we reached out to THE PAW PROJECT..if you have not heard of them ..please go to their facebook page and follow them! Oklahoma just happened to have a Paw Project vet in Tulsa OK at the Kindness Vet Hospital and after seeing his xrays and hearing his story, Dr. Suzanne Hurst wanted to meet Sam.
That happened on Thursday. She met him and agreed he needed to stay for surgery.
Surgery was yesterday.. Friday, June 29, 2018. Sam will be staying there while he recovers and then he will be on a pain medication protocol for as long as needed. We hope that someday that he will be weaned off and of course, the ultimate goal is that he finds the purrfect forever home.
So now, pics…I will show the ones from the meet and greet with Dr. Hurst then the surgical ones… and the last pic is the special blanket the Global Comfort Fab group has made just for Sam.
Our prayer on behalf of Sam Adams… stop declawing. If you have a declawed cat, please check their feet every year via Xray, if you have one that doesn’t use the litter box, get him checked immediately…ask for xrays!

Is Your Declawed Cat In Pain? S/he May Be Eligible For Pain Relief-The Paw Project


Open Chronic Post-Declaw Pain Studies

Trial Specifics

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and analgesic effect of a novel therapy locally administered by subcutaneous nerve block injection in cats suffering from persistent and localized pain, such as that observed in some cats following onychectomy (declaw). The trial involves a one-time treatment with an investigational product administered via a subcutaneous injection around the nerves responsible the pain sensation in the front paws of declawed cats. The treatment will be administered under sedation or general anesthesia. There is no placebo in this study. An estimated 30 client-owned cats will be enrolled. Owners will be required to complete quality of life and pain surveys during the study (6 of each total). The trial site will train the owners on evaluation techniques. Trial visits include the cats’ initial consultation, treatment day (Day 0), and then recheck visits on Days 7, 14, and 28. Other medications for declaw-associated pain, except for CBD and other cannabinoids, are acceptable provided they have been administered for at least 2 weeks prior to enrolling in the study and no changes in regimen are expected in the next 4 weeks.

Trial Funding

The trial is fully funded for the full study duration (28 days). Funding includes the initial consultation, the study treatment and administration, recheck visits, required bloodwork, and management of side effects that are thought to be directly related to participation in the study.

Trial Eligibility

Trained veterinarians at the study sites will evaluate each cat for eligibility.

Cats are eligible if they meet the following inclusion criteria:

The cat has documented localized forelimb pain following onychectomy (declaw) surgery.
The cat is experiencing pain that is refractory to pain management or the owner has chosen to pursue pain management that is distinct from conventional treatment.
The cat has experienced a significant decrease in quality of life due to refractory pain (i.e., pain and mobility are negatively impacting quality of life).
Declaw procedure was performed at least 90 days before the day of RTX treatment.

Cats are not eligible if they meet any of the following exclusion criteria:

The cat is less than 12 months of age.
The cat’s body weight is less than 2 kg.
The cat may be unavailable for the entire study duration.
The cat is participating in another study.
The cat is pregnant or lactating.

This clinical trial is offered at the following location:

The Feline Medical Center
Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran
1600 Clear Lake City Blvd,
Suite B
Houston, TX 77062
Phone: 281-480-5500

The Pet Doctor, Inc
Marcy Hammerle DVM DABVP
2301 Technology Drive
OFallon, Mo. 63303
Phone: 636-561-9122

For more information about future site locations, please contact our Clinical Trial Team:


A “Licensed Professional Veterinarian” Declawed Mishka on ALL 4 Paws AND Removed All His Teeth


The NY veterinary associations successfully stopped our Cat Protection Bill in NY on Saturday. This bill would have protected cats from being declawing by these “licensed professional veterinarians.”

The big pro-declaw Veterinary Associations like the NYSVMS, AVMA, and all the other state vet associations told the NY legislators that the decision about declawing should be in the hands of the veterinary profession and not the government or social media.

These unethical NY veterinary leaders say, “we are not willing to let government decide what’s best for our patients”, “allowing legislation to ban us from doing a medical procedure is a dangerous precedent”, and that declawing has “allowed countless families to keep their feline companions.”

Well my friends. The hard, cold facts are that most of the pro-declaw veterinarians can’t be trusted that they are counseling clients about the humane alternatives, doing it as a very last resort,  giving their clients accurate declawing information, and following the guidelines that these veterinary authorities have put out.

In fact, most of them have failed over and over and over and over, year after year and it’s time for the “government AND social media” to step in! 

They declaw as a first option and don’t want to lose cat clients, don’t want to take the time to educate cat owners that declawing is really bad for their kitty cats, and gosh darn it, they enjoy the extra income it brings so they can use it for European vacations, fancy cars, and all the other fun things that life has to offer. NYSVMS Declawing Propaganda

But what about the cats folks?

We can’t even trust many of these veterinary leaders to practice what they preach. NYSVMS President & Officers & DeclawingBORDER

 I’d like for you to meet Mishka, a 4 yr old Siamese kitty.Mishka

According this the nice folks at the Williamson County Animal Shelter Shelter’s Facebook page , when Mishka was 2 yrs old, his owner had him  , “declawed on all four paws and had all of Mishka’s teeth were removed because he was chewing on baseboards and things.”

Mishka, now 4 yrs old,  was relinquished to this shelter, because his owner has poor health and can’t take care of him anymore.

Yep, a trained, licensed veterinarian, who had years of education in the veterinary medical field, made the decision to perform these “medical procedures” on this poor kitty.

I’m happy to say that Mishka was just adopted from this shelter and if I can get photos and an update on him I will post them. Here is this Texas shelter’s website

Mishka may be in a different state than NY but there are many stories like his in New York.

The President of the NYSVMS said to her vet members when they were trying to lobby the NY legislators with their declawing propaganda, “This is your opportunity to preserve your right, as a licensed professional veterinarian, to ensure you can make medical treatment decisions that are in the best interest of your patients” and that the bill to ban declawing is, “detrimental to animals and their owners.”

Is she out of her mind to think that WE are stupid and believe her misguided words. Sadly, enough of the legislators believed them,  since our bill was stopped.

What kind of “leader” fights so hard in a profession that is ALL about healing animals to keep an unnecessary and inhumane procedure on their list of veterinary “services”?   What kind of unethical mindset is this to call an elective, non-therapeutic mutilating procedure a “medical procedure” and act like how dare anyone take it away from them.

Reminds of a big cry baby on a playground when they get their favorite toy taken away.

What ever happened to doing the right thing and first do no harm.

We must stop these pro-declaw veterinary professionals from performing this torture and cruelty,  in honor of the Mishka’s and all the other 22 million kittens and cats who sadly ended up in the hands of pro-declaw veterinarians who clearly always make the wrong choice.

It’s really sad but true. They can’t be trusted to make the correct decisions when it comes to declawing.

PLEASE ask your own vet if they would stop declawing cats and you can use this note if you want. Note to Your Vet

If they won’t stop amputating kitty toes and claws then kindly let them know you are taking your business to an ethical veterinarian who doesn’t declaw cats.  There are lists of these veterinarians on my website,,, and

Thank you


Dumped Felecia’s Declawed Paws Had No Paw Pads-Her Bones Were Touching The Floor-Every Toe Had Bone Pieces

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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!





**Graphic Photos Ahead**

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.
#pawsneedclaws #pawproject

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.