By Ruth aka Kattaddorra
This article is based on Izzy who was saved from being dumped and fated to almost certain death at a Rescue Shelter where she was heading, as she had developed behavioural problems from being declawed and her family didn’t want her around any more.
Since then Izzy has lived with Carly who says:
‘Every day I see Izzy struggle because she has no claws on her front paws…she can’t balance well, she can’t climb the cat trees we have, she shakes her front paws because she knows something is missing and she can’t stand being around our other cats because they have claws and she feels unprotected…not that the other kitties hurt her or anything, it’s like she has post traumatic stress or something. It breaks my heart’
Thank you Carly for giving me permission to use your words.
YES…….POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
A cat’s brain is very similar to a human’s brain, we would know something was missing if our finger ends were amputated and cats know too!
We would suffer post traumatic stress disorder if those healthy finger ends had been suddenly and without explanation taken from us.
‘Izzy has trouble balancing, she knows she has no defence against other cats, she knows she can’t climb the cat trees, she shakes her paws wondering where her claws have gone, she misses them as she will miss them all her life’
This makes me feel very sad.
The evidence is there to see, the many cats suffering are obvious to see, why are vets and pro declaws still in denial?
Poor Izzy is only one of those many cats suffering and many more are doomed to suffer too as long as this cruel surgery is legal.
How much longer and how many more cats will be senselessly crippled before declawing vets admit they are ruining cats lives by their cruel surgery?