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.



Homeless Declawed Champ Cat Has Painful Bone Fragments Inside His Paw Pads-The Paw Project

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The Paw Project – Texas is at The Feline Medical Center.
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This is Champ. He is declawed and homeless. He was pulled from a Houston area shelter by a kind soul that knew he needed help so he could he safe in foster care. He won’t allow anyone to touch him and he won’t eat since being relinquished to the shelter.
Today he visited Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Feline Medical Center in Houston for a paw evaluation and overall exam. The Xrays show large bone fragments that were left behind when he was declawed years ago. In the coming days we will all be working together to alleviate his pain in the long term.


American Animal Hospital Association Victim-Crippled Ryder

Hi. My name is Ryder. Please share my sad story and tag your friends.
I was declawed at an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) hospital (supposedly the best of the best) in 2015 along with my brother and sister. We all suffered horrific consequences from our declaws and most of our paws were amputated. One of my paws was saved.
Abby has both her paws completely amputated and mostly lays on the bed and has to be carried 3 times a day to her litter box.😿💔
The declawing vet, Dr Glen Weber and the owner vet of the AAHA Hospital talked my owners out of using the humane options and said declawing is a standard procedure and we would be fine.
Well we’re not fine and our lives consist of a lot of unimaginable suffering and just laying around the house. 😿💔
Please take 20 seconds and sign this petition to AAHA to ask them to STOP allowing this inhumane and mutilating procedure at their Standard of excellence veterinary hospitals.…
Your voice matters!
If you don’t want the follow up emails from change .org then simply click on unsubscribe and you don’t have to donate to sign the petition.
More about the 3 kitties story here-
Their declawing vet had his hearing last week and it is looking like no charges will be filed against him for this barbaric cruelty.
Declawing vets are getting away with harming thousands of cats each day in America by amputating their toe bones and claws. Enough is enough. 😾😾😾
In honor of these poor kitties, please support our work on this cause and sign up on my mailing list.
This cruelty needs to end and we need your help.

An ‘American Animal Hospital Association’ Veterinarian Member Victim-Paws Are Gone

Hi. My name is Teeger. please share my story and tag your friends.
I was declawed at an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) hospital (supposedly the best of the best) in 2015 along with my brother and sister. We all suffered horrific consequences from our toe bone amputations and most of our paws were amputated. 😿💔
The declawing vet, Dr Glen Weber and the owner vet of the AAHA Hospital talked my owners out of using the humane options and said declawing is a standard procedure and we would be fine.
Well we’re not fine and our lives consist of a lot of suffering and just laying around the house. 😿💔
Please take 20 seconds and sign this petition to AAHA to ask them to STOP allowing this inhumane and mutilating procedure at their Standard of excellence veterinary hospitals.…
Your voice matters!
If you don’t want the follow up emails from change .org then simply click on unsubscribe and you don’t have to donate to sign the petition.
More about the 3 kitties story here-
Their declawing vet had his hearing last week and it is looking like no charges will be filed against him for this unimaginable cruelty.
Declawing vets are getting away with harming thousands of cats each day in America by amputating their toe bones and claws. Enough is enough. 😾😾😾
In honor of Teeger and his siblings , please support our work on this cause and sign up on my mailing list. This cruelty needs to end and we need your help.

Stringtown Animal Hospital In Ohio Denies Crippling Chicken Cat-Second Opinion Proves Chicken Is In Severe Pain

October 2, 2018

Chicken the cat was declawed with a scalpel on June 6, 2018 by Dr Ellie Scott at Stringtown Animal Hospital. She has been limping, standing up with her paws up, crawling, eating laying down in her food, and not covering her waste in her litter box ever since.

Here’s a video of Chicken the cat from September 2018.

Chicken’s final diagnosis from Stringtown Animal Hospital on Sept. 19, 2018.

Skin- Healed declaw incisions.

Musculoskeletal- no pain on palpation and didn’t pull away.

X-ray- No sign of osteomyelitis or fractures of bones, no issue with declaw bones or fragments.

Assessment- Healed declaw, resolved fever, possible phantom pain if holding up paws at home.

No treatment needed at this time. Dr Ally Bond, Stringtown Animal Hospital.

(Cat owner asked to refill Buprenorphine and was told that depending on the X-ray findings, Stringtown AH will know what additional treatment is needed. After the x-rays, Stringtown said no treatment needed.)

The cat owner requested Chicken’s records but the practice said that she personally could not get them but that they would send them to a new vet practice. Dr Ellie Bond escorted the cat owner out of the animal hospital on her final visit. The cat owner had to find another vet practice to try to help Chicken’s condition.

Chicken was taken to Rascal Animal Hospital, a no-declaw veterinary practice in Dublin, Ohio on Sept. 21, 2018. Provider, Michelle Gonzalez, DVM.

Subjective- Chicken presented for recheck of her declaw that was performed in June. Declaw site became infected shortly after surgery and Chicken has not been using her limbs normally since.

Musculoskeletal:Non-weight bearing to mild weight bearing lameness of both front legs. Growled when palpated, unable to determine if pain is related or behavioral. No abscess or swelling noted at this time.

Radiographs: No P3 remnants noted in any of the front claws, changes in the P1-P2 joint consistent with arthritis or resolving osteomyelitis.

Assessment- Suspect complication from declaw procedure. Rule out arthritis, never damage, and infection.”

Discussed with owner that clinical signs suggest possible complications from declaw procedure. Because there is no fever, redness, or swelling, infection less likely.

Primary differential is arthritis. Recommend anti-inflammatory therapy for 1 week, if significant improvement then will likely need long term joint supplements and anti-inflammatory therapy because it can’t be cured. If no significant imporvement, the primary rule out is neurologic, which could resolve in months or never.

Sending home with Onsior 6 mg 1 tab SID for 7 days then recheck.

UPDATE October 3, 2018. Chicken’s condition did not improve with Onsior so the cat owner is taking her back to Rascal Animal Hospital for a recheck.

On October 6th, a radiologist reviewed Chicken’s x-rays that were taken by Stringtown Animal Hospital and said, “There is significant digit swelling bilaterally (the 3rd and 4th are the worst.)

In other words, there is significant swelling of Chicken’s toes on both front paws and the worst are the 3rd and 4th toes which are the weight bearing toes.

Here’s a sad “Dear City” note that I received a few weeks ago from the owner of Chicken the cat in Ohio.

“Hello my name is Whitney and I’d like to share with you my story on my cat Chicken.

On 5/31/2018 we had taken our fur baby to Stringtown Animal Hospital in Grove City, Ohio, in hopes we could get her spayed. She was about a year old. She was destroying everything in the house and always trying to run outside and it was getting out of control.

At this time I had been 5 months pregnant. When we had taken her there we had assumed she was destroying the carpets and everything else due to not being fixed. Sometimes she would even pee on our bed!

When we had got to Stringtown Animal Hospital we were discussing the options we had with Lori, a vet tech. I even told Lori I was thinking about getting pretty paws so she couldn’t destroy anything else. I brought to their attention that declawing was not an option at a lot of places and I felt it was cruel.

Lori, who we had been discussing this with, reassured us that it was the best option. She highly suggested we get our cat declawed.

She never said anything bad about it. She said she had her cats declawed and it was the best decision she had ever made.

So without second thoughts, my boyfriend decided it was the best option. If someone is only telling you great things about it and highly suggesting it, you’d probably do it.

So she got spayed and declawed on 6/6/2018 by Dr Ellie. All of the employees had told us if we had any problems to bring her back in and they would fix it if it had to do with her declawing.

The next couple of weeks were weird. I would call Stringtown Animal Hospital every single day to ask if what she was doing or how she was acting was normal. Jackie reassured me that is WAS.

We had to have her in a cage big enough for her food, water, and litter box for 14 days. We had to use special litter called Yesterday’s News.

Her paws were bleeding on and off, Jackie said it was normal.

I had asked if her continuously licking and biting her claws was normal, she reassured me that it was. They again had told us to bring her back in and they’d fix it, if there were any problems with her declawing.

The 14 day mark came and we were finally allowed to let her out of the cage! Most exciting day of my life so far. We let her out, and she still acted off. She acted like it hurt to walk on her paws.

Chicken was still aggressively licking and biting her paws. So I called Stringtown again and they reassured me that it was normal.

For two and a half months, she has been trying so hard not to walk on her front paws. She was standing on her back paws like a dog looking around.

They had reassured me, this was normal. A couple of weeks go by after my last phone call and my cat has completely become antisocial.

She doesn’t want to be around myself or anyone else. She starts hiding. She becomes unresponsive. She was sitting at her bowl one day and I heard her food hit the wall and I come running around the corner and she’s laying in the middle of the floor meowing so loud.

I pick her up and I’m petting her asking her what’s wrong and telling her she’s okay. So my boyfriend comes home and I tell him “something’s wrong with Chicken.” He looks at her and starts talking to her, no response. He goes to pet her, no response. She lets him pick her up and hold her and doesn’t try to squirm away or anything. At this point she had stopped eating and drinking and going to the restroom.

So I call Stringtown Animal hospital back and I tell Jackie what’s going on and tell them she’s refusing to walk at all. She looked like a raccoon sneaking. She said, “bring her in, it sounds like there is a problem with her declawing and it will be no charge.” I said can I bring her in right now? She said yes.

So I took her there. As soon as I get there I tell them what’s going on again, and the woman said okay we’re going to keep her over night and we will talk about a payment plan in the morning. I said no, I was just told on the phone before I brought her in that it would be free of charge.

She said “right, okay we will call you tomorrow to talk about it.” So I go home, and wait and wait and wait.

I get a phone call. “Yes Whitney, this is Nikki from Stringtown animal hospital calling you to tell you, Chicken is dehydrated and has an infection and a temperature of 105’. It’s going to be $518 and some change to do an x-ray, blood work, IV, antibiotics, and pain medicine.”

I said, excuse me what the ****?! Excuse my language but I was told when I came in it had to do with her declawing and it sounded like she had an infection due to that and it would be free of cost. “Right well ma’am we can assure you everything looks like it healed properly so it isn’t that.”

Okay so why do I need to pay for an x-ray, what is the x-ray for?

“Ma’am it’s to be certain that it has nothing to do with the declawing.”

Okay so you’re contradicting yourself here. First you say it has nothing to do with that and you are certain is has nothing to do with that. Now you are telling me I have to pay $500 and some change for you to be POSITIVE that this isn’t your guys doing.

“Well like I said it has nothing to do with that, so how would you like to go about this?”

Well my boyfriend just lost his job. I’m now 8 months pregnant and we don’t have $500. I am completely broke at the moment.

“Okay so here are your options, you can bring her home in the morning and we can’t help her. You can leave her here and pay the $500, or you can put her up for adoption when you come in in the morning.”

So I hang up. I cannot stop crying at this point. I don’t know what to do. I’m going to lose my fur baby over this. So I’m bawling my eyes out and my boyfriend comes in the bedroom and asks me what’s going on.

I tell him, and he makes a post about it on all social media. Telling everyone about it. It’s being shared by hundreds of people. Everyone is wanting justice for Chicken. So the night ends and the morning begins.

I get a phone call.. “Hello Whitney?” Yes this is she. “This is Dr. Bond calling from Stringtown animal hospital about Chicken, we’ve received a bunch of threatening messages from a Calob and Billy over Chicken throughout the night. We want to help Chicken.”

So I tell her what happened the night before. She says “That has nothing to do with me, I’m sorry that the person you were talking to wasn’t good with communicating with you on what is happening. We are positive it has nothing to do with the declawing.”

Okay so what can we do?

“We gave her some antibiotics throughout the night and some fluids in an IV. We can send her home with some pain medicine since she’s not feeling well too if that’s something you’d be interested in.”

How much would that cost? “Well I can work with you on that, for everything it would cost $120 but I can cover half of it if you could get the $60.” So I tell her I’m going to try to see if I can find someone to let me borrow $60 and I hang up.

I called my boyfriend’s mom and told her what was said she said I’ll give you $60 I just want Chicken home. So I call them back and tell them I can do that, they said I could pick her up around noon.

I go in to pick her up and they give me the bill for everything. On the bill it showed that they had given her fluid, antibiotics, pain medication, and LASER THERAPY ON HER FRONT PAWS.

So I say to Dr. Bond what is that? I thought this had NOTHING to do with her paws, that’s what all of you have been telling me all night and day.

She said right it doesn’t but we wanted to make sure she could walk around still. They then tell me they gave her capstar, that wasn’t on the paper, and they didn’t give her any pain meds that I could do that when I got home.

I bring her home RAGING and I let her eat, then I check her temp, at this point it’s 103. I then give her some pain medicine. I did this for 3 days until she started moving. I was forcing water into her through a syringe in her mouth because she refused to drink still.

A couple of weeks go by, and it’s present day. She still tries not to walk on her paws. She’s eating and drinking now, she’s responsive, and she’ll let you pet her. She doesn’t want to be held and she doesn’t want to walk. Her paws hurt.

I then called to speak to Dr. Ellie Scott who had offered for Chicken to give Chicken a free x-ray to prove that her “illness” had nothing to do with her declawing.

On the 19th of September, 2018 my mom and I took her to get her x-ray. My mom had asked a lot of questions. She asked what kind of tool they used and why her claws looked different in the left paw then on the right. Dr Ellie Bond and Lori said that it was normal. I wouldn’t know if it were normal or not but it did not look normal.

I asked afterwards if I could please have copies of her records. The entire staff told me no, they could only give me her shot records. So I got those and went out to the car with my mom and I thought about it. That is completely illegal. They have to give you your records if you ask them right?

I walked back into Stringtown animal hospital and asked if I could speak to Dr Ellie Scott or a manager there. They pulled Ellie Scott out of surgery and she came into the examine room and said “we have done all we can do with chicken and I think it’s best that you take her somewhere else.”

I responded with, I asked them if I could speak to a manager if you were busy all I wanted was a copy of Chickens records for my own personal benefit. Dr. Scott then said “like I said we’ve done all we can and we can transfer her records to a different vet if that’s what you want but we can not give you her records.”

Then she escorted me out of the building to make sure I left. My mom and myself went home, I was completely caught off guard and believe I didn’t deserve for them to escort me out of the building for asking for copies of my animals records.

I got Chicken into Rascal animal hospital and called Stringtown Animal Hospital and asked them to transfer her records there by noon the next day. Stringtown animal hospital failed to send the records by noon. They had sent them an hour later with the x-rays, two hours later!

I waited for Calob to get off work and we went to Rascal Animal hospital where we would get a second opinion. The Dr. had told us that there WAS an infection in her CLAWS at some point in time but it is hard to tell how long it when it was there. I proceeded to tell her everything that had happened and she was completely mind blown.

She looked at the x-rays and pointed out that the left one was different then the right one just like my mom noticed the night before. She is now taking Onsior to see if what chicken has is arthritis, or neurological pain.

If you are thinking about getting your fur baby declawed, please don’t. There ARE other options. Your fur baby and yourself should not have to go through watching them suffer because they get their finger tips cut off.

In my opinion it should be deemed inhumane everywhere. It’s cruel and if I knew then what I know now, I would’ve walked away completely.

My cat isn’t the same and she’ll never be the same. I hurt my baby, and I’m having a really hard time forgiving myself.

I still cry about it all of the time. So please if you are seriously thinking about it, look into the other options. Just because one person has had good experiences, doesn’t mean that 20 other people have good experiences with it as well. If you or someone you know has a story, do NOT be scared to share it.

People need to be more aware. I wish I was. Don’t be afraid to post it in any way either. You don’t have to threaten anyone. No one likes when you tell people the truth especially when they only care about the money and not your animal.

So please.. think about all of your options before making a life changing decision like so. You may spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars just to accidentally kill your animal.. That’s what happened to me.”

I reached out in an email on Sept. 23, 2018 to the vet who owns Stringtown Animal Hospital and who did Chicken’s declaw, Dr Ellie Scott, and asked her some questions about these issues. I wanted to give her a chance to tell her side of the story. The cat owner gave permission for Dr Scott to speak out about Chicken’s situation. I checked in by phone 3 times to make sure Dr Scott received the email and asked if she was going to reply and each time, the employee said that they would pass along the note to Dr Scott. I never received a reply to my email. (Emails are at the end of this story.)

This cat owner provided me all the records for Chicken the cat. Here’s what Stringtown Animal Hospital wrote about Chicken’s procedures and “Big Day.”

Here are the comments from the declawing vet, Dr Ellie Scott, to the cat owner’s boyfriend on Facebook.

Stringtown Animal Hospital also posted this on their facebook page on Sept. 5, 2018 in regards to Chicken the cat and told their supporters to send them a personal message and they would show them the posts. They received many  words of sympathy from supporters about this.

Stringtown Animal Hospital is one of the thousands of declawing vet practices that recommends and uses Purina’s Yesterday’s News Cat litter for their declawed cats. Please take 20 seconds and sign my petition to Purina. I’ve asked Purina to help us educate the public about declawing and the humane options and/or donate $1 of each sale of Yesterday’s News Cat litter to an organization like the but Purina wasn’t interested.

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Please remember to not threaten or be mean to anyone in this story. When you are threatening, it hurts the cause, it’s wrong, and it often hurts me. Please take the high road and educate.

Also please go to my website, and sign up on my mailing list. I have big things planned to end declawing and I will need your help soon.

There are people who have connections to Stringtown Animal Hospital and this declawing vet who are making comments on my social media posts about this story and are trying to discredit Chicken’s declaw story and the cat owner’s credibility. I will post all of Chicken’s records from Stringtown Animal Hospital that corroborate this cat owner’s story.

This is the email that I sent to Dr Ellie Scott to interview her for this story.

Sept. 23, 2018

Dear Dr Ellie Scott,

I was a Los Angeles Times photojournalist/journalist for 25 years and now write stories about declawing on my famous cat’s blog,

Our mission is to educate the public about the facts about declawing and about the easy, humane alternatives.

I’m going to be doing a story about Whitney ______ cat Chicken and her declaw procedure.

I’d like to ask you a few questions about my story to hear your side of it. It would not be fair to you to just hear Whitney’s side of the story and I would be happy to include your perspective too. It is my intent to understand as much of what happened as possible.

I intend to include as many facts as possible. Would it be correct to state that you are skilled at declawing and perform the procedure regularly? What is the typical protocol at your practice for counseling owners who are considering declawing their cats? Are options other than declawing discussed prior to the procedure?

If so, what options do you recommend most? Do you routinely advise clients of the possible complications associated with the surgery and if so, are they verbal, written or both?

From the records on Chicken’s declaw and spay it appears that a Loxicam injection was administered for pain.  Is that the only pain control you typically use for all of your declaw surgeries? Is that the standard, stand-alone, drug that you utilize to control pain from multiple toe amputations?

You and some of your other vets stated that Chicken’s condition was an “illness” and not related to her declaw.  Dr. Bond even said that it might be related to a virus that is going around in other animals.  What other “illness” are you thinking is causing the pain? What are your top rule-outs to investigate why Chicken cannot walk properly?

How do you assess that a cat isn’t in pain?

When Whitney brought Chicken in for the x-rays and exam on Sept. 19,  your diagnosis was, “possible phantom pain.”

What is your treatment for that?

What specifically are you relying on that convinces you that Chicken’s condition is not due to complications from her declaw surgery? Did you find something on physical exam to indicate otherwise?

How often do you have complications from declaws that were done at your practice or by you?

I thank you in advance for your allowing me the opportunity to discuss this matter with you.  I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Lori Shepler

Sept. 25, 2018

Hi Dr Scott,
I found this post on Facebook from Sept. 5.
It is clear that you were adamant that you felt that Chicken had an “illness” that wasn’t related to her declaw and wanted your followers and clients to believe that also.
Can you please let me know what the illness was that you and your other vets were seeing in dogs and cats that made you feel that Chicken might have had the same thing?
Also do you have more harassing posts that were made about this issue, other than the ones that are in Chicken’s records which are the GoFundMe, the one on FB by Caleb , and the one from Billy ?
In the records, Dr Bond said that Caleb is, “harassing us and threatening to hurt us.”
Do you have the screenshots of those two things, especially where he said he would hurt you?
Ok, I hope I hear back from you so that you can present your side of this important story. Whitney has given you permission to talk about it with me or any other journalist fyi.
Lori Shepler

Here is a video posted on their facebook page showing a declawed cat that is being held by an employee.