A Sad Declawed Cat Moment

A Sad Declawed Cat Moment

by Elisa Black-Taylor
(USA)

Cocoa took a fall

Cocoa took a fall

Cocoa took a fall Lucky asleep in chair A sad declawed Misty

Today I'd like to tell everyone of a sad declawed cat moment I witnessed a few days ago.

For those of you who don't know, my death row rescue Cocoa is declawed on all four paws and only claims ownership to one tooth in his entire head. I feel so sorry for my big baby. Imagine how defenseless he must feel.

I mentioned what happened to Cocoa to Michael the other day and he asked me to write a story around it. So here goes...

My house is a cat's paradise to my rescued death row cats. They love trying out different sleeping spots and get along very well in their indoor colony. So when Cocoa decided he wanted to return to his new favorite spot, on top of the microwave, he got my attention.

This was because his usual way up onto the mirrored bar where the microwave sits is to jump up into the padded chair sitting against the bar, then onto the back of the chair, then onto the bar and finally the microwave.

I believe the cats love this spot because they can watch themselves in the mirror between naps. I'm also sure they can keep an eye on the living room by monitoring the mirror reflection. I have very intelligent cats.

And caring cats. Lucky was asleep in the kitchen chair and Cocoa didn't want to disturb his new friend. I studied Cocoa as he walked directly in front of the mirrored bar, calculated the distance, then pushed off with his hind legs.

Then he fell! He didn't get hurt, but I'm sure it was an embarrassment in the cat world. After all, cats are known for their climbing ability.

I knew what was going to happen as it happened. His front paws made a perfect landing. A cat with claws would have had no trouble catching hold of the counter for the brief second it would have taken to launch itself over the top.

I watched poor Cocoa lose his grip and slip. Actually, that's incorrect. He didn't lose his grip because he never HAD a grip. No claws=no traction. His back legs hit the floor first.

He wasn't physically injured. Although I expect his cat ego took a bit of a bruising.

I mentioned Cocoa's sad declawed cat moment to my daughter Laura the next day and she told me she'd seen Misty do the same thing. Misty is another declawed cat I rescued from death row.

Like the poor declawed cats who knead their paws against my scratching posts, my cats can't accept their claws are gone forever.

I don't know how old Misty was when she was declawed. She's not dealing with it very well. It's hard to get her to play because cats like to bat things around and pick things up between their claws. To take away a cats claws is like asking a bird to fly with no wings. You've taken away part of it's essence.

Did any of you know declawed cats can also lose their balance on hardwood floors. Any floor that's considered slick can send a cats legs out from under them. Cats shouldn't have to worry about balance problems while walking or jumping. These are man made problems and they must stop.

Take a look at the photo of my declawed cat Misty. She doesn't have any happy looks. She's a beautiful cat, but some vet cut away a part of her spirit when he cut off her toes. I can feed her and love her and provide her with safety. I can't give her anything that can substitute for the claws she lost.

I also had to include a photo of my little Lucky asleep in the chair Cocoa wanted so desperately to use as a stepping stone to his favorite nap spot. It was so sweet of Cocoa not to want to wake Lucky up. That chair ALWAYS has a sleeping cat.

And finally, I added a picture of my Cocoa, who is trying so desperately to live right now. I can help him overcome a lot of things. A scalpel-happy surgeon isn't one of them.

Have any of you eyewitnessed any sad declawed cat moments. I know a lot of the readers here have rescued declawed cats.

Elisa

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Sep 15, 2011
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Poor Declawed Kitties
by: Cazz

I also see nothing good coming from this disgusting practice. I have rescued about 5 declawed cats (one right after his maiming) and it stops them from being cats.
Cats run and jump, without claws they can't do that. They can't really play fight, they can't even scratch in the litter box! It's depressing for people to watch, it removes the essence of being a cat for them.
I can't handle a declawed cat here. All 11 of my fuzzies have claws and they love life. Sure, they've destroyed a few wheelchair tyres, but I've changed the house for them, not them for the house. An inanimate piece of furniture doesn't care if the cat scratches it. Many cats die of depression or their personality changes forever if you remove their claws. My furniture gains personality when it's scratched!


May 16, 2011
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Our Miss Kitty
by: Colleen

We rescued our Miss Kitty from the street (!),then found she was declawed in the front. We don't know if she was left "out" or ran away but we are sure glad we got her. Luckily, she seems to be a very happy kitty, playing with our 2 other kitties, or harassing them! LOL She does like to play the "string game" and bats like crazy at strings , etc., dangled in front of her. She even manages to grab ahold of them sometimes! She can also jump up on things easily so I guess she is a bit of a miracle kitty! Thank God Miss Kitty found us!


May 08, 2011
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Legalised cat abuse
by: Sylvia

All I can say is that if those 400 people don't go as they promised to in order to let the declawing doctors know the strength of their feeling then I for one blame every single one of them for allowing legalised cat abuse to go unchallenged.


May 08, 2011
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Demonstration
by: Leah (England)

Ruth thanks for promoting the fact that hardly any of the 400 Americans have confirmed their attendance.

I hope with all my heart that it doesn't have to be cancelled.

Come on Americans! Show your outrage at declawing! Us Brits can't do anymore than we are already doing and believe me if I had the financial backing I'd be confirming my attendance!

So please! Come on! Declawing doesn't happen in the UK but we are still fighting it tooth and nail!


May 06, 2011
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by: Anonymous

When people ask me if I recommend they have their cat declawed, I tell them, "Sure, when I can rip of all your fingers at the first knuckle." There is nothing more inhumane than declawing a cat 🙁


May 06, 2011
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by: Anonymous

When people ask me if I recommend they have their cat declawed, I tell them, "Sure, when I can rip of all your fingers at the first knuckle." There is nothing more inhumane than declawing a cat 🙁


May 06, 2011
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by: Anonymous

When people ask me if I recommend they have their cat declawed, I tell them, "Sure, when I can rip of all your fingers at the first knuckle." There is nothing more inhumane than declawing a cat 🙁


May 06, 2011
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Poor Cocoa and all declawed kitties
by: Ann

It is cruel enough to declaw the front ones, I didn't realize that poor Cocoa doesnt' have any back claws either! How in the world could a vet do that to him??? That is just cruel and unneccessary. If his former owners didn't want claws, they shouldn't have gotten a cat! My kitties have all their claws and sometime scratch me, but I will never have them maimed like that! I will be scratched a million times before I abuse them! I am so glad that you have Cocoa now and he will have a good like and be spoiled by his new Mama!


May 06, 2011
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Poor Cocoa and all declawed kitties
by: Ann

It is cruel enough to declaw the front ones, I didn't realize that poor Cocoa doesnt' have any back claws either! How in the world could a vet do that to him??? That is just cruel and unneccessary. If his former owners didn't want claws, they shouldn't have gotten a cat! My kitties have all their claws and sometime scratch me, but I will never have them maimed like that! I will be scratched a million times before I abuse them! I am so glad that you have Cocoa now and he will have a good like and be spoiled by his new Mama!


May 06, 2011
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Poor Cocoa and all declawed kitties
by: Ann

It is cruel enough to declaw the front ones, I didn't realize that poor Cocoa doesnt' have any back claws either! How in the world could a vet do that to him??? That is just cruel and unneccessary. If his former owners didn't want claws, they shouldn't have gotten a cat! My kitties have all their claws and sometime scratch me, but I will never have them maimed like that! I will be scratched a million times before I abuse them! I am so glad that you have Cocoa now and he will have a good like and be spoiled by his new Mama!


May 06, 2011
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Demonstration
by: Fran

Sorry to gatecrash your article Elisa but have most of the people who signed up for the July Demonstration really backed out?
Surely not?
If so I am totally disgusted with those who have.
To do nothing is to condone this horrible cruelty
to the millions of cats like Cocoa and Misty!


May 06, 2011
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Heart breaking
by: Ruth

I agree with Leah ! Only the lowest form of life would continue to do this cruel surgery which cripples cats and ruins their lives in every way.
Yet vets are supposed to be educated people who train to care for animals !
Any vet who declaws is an animal abuser. They know full well what they are doing, they know cats need their claws for exercise and for grooming and yes for balance too.
They obviously hate cats and don't care that the poor creatures have to live with the consequences of the pre meditated abuse they get paid to do to them.
The cats caretakers must take some of the blame too, anyone who says they love cats must know they come with claws because they need claws.
The 2 who dumped poor Cocoa and Misty are very cruel people. I just hope they didn't label them 'bad cats' and go out and get another cat and ruin his/her life too.
COME ON AMERICANS, DO something about this ...
I can hardly believe the over 400 people who promised to attend the protest in July haven't confirmed with Michael that they WILL BE THERE. If this has to be cancelled it will be DEVASTATING and declawing will go on and on.
PLEASE everyone don't let the cats doomed to suffer in the future down like that !
Don't let Michael down and don't let your fellow anti declaw troops in other countries down, either.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth


May 05, 2011
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Utter scum
by: Leah (England)

What are the hell are 'vets' oh sorry my mistake 'butchers' playing at in the states!!!!!

Why would you take a cats back claws for Gods sake!? Is it not enough to take the fronts? Their only defensive? What would possess someone to do it?! Its just as if there are vet butchers out there that really hate cats! I can't think of any other reason! Its just as if they think ok what can I do to hurt this cat for the rest of its life ah I know I'll cut of all her toes so that she has absolutely no quality of life!

How I would love to meet the scum responsible for this!!!!!!! If you lazy, selfish brutes are out there I beg you to email me; ratters1939@hotmail.co.uk


May 05, 2011
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Sweet Cocoa
by: Irish Cornaire ~ Co~Founder stopcrush.org

This is why I hate it when cats are declawed but for poor Coca to have all 4 paws declawed is beyond inhumane,grrrr,I am a former vet tech and witness to cats who actually killed themselves after coming out from being put under,they were in so pain they would slam themselves against the kennel walls and break the their neck due to the pain being unbearable,declawing is 100% unacceptable!


May 05, 2011
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A good example
by: Michael

This little event struck me as one almost commonplace example as to how declawing affects a cats life. Cats hardly ever fall like that if they have all their claws. But declawing limits a cat's movement. It must also undermine the cat's confidence and certainty.

A cat who falls might be more wary the next time or avoid the jump. This makes the cat less active and limits life. All little things that add up to spoil a cat's enjoyment of life.



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