Declawed Cat Story

by Deb T
(Minnesota, USA)

My husband recently saw a cat who was freezing (he kept putting one foot down and then the other back and forth) and he let the cat come in the van and warm up. The cat was really appreciative and very affectionate like he was so grateful somebody would do that for him.

Later, my husband got some cat food and when he fed the cat, the cat ate like he hadn’t eaten in awhile.

THIS was at his friend’s house and he said he would take him in because he seemed like a nice cat, very sweet, purring (tweeting) constantly and doing the figure 8’s rubbing along the legs etc.

Anyway, 2 weeks later, the friend didn’t like changing the litter box so he had to go, and my husband brought him across town to our house to stay in the garage. We have 3 cats, all related and together since birth pretty much (3 generations).

Needless to say, I fell in love with him, we call him Buddy and he is the sweetest nicest cat I have ever met. He acts like he knows just what you are saying and apparently was very well trained. I don’t understand why I haven’t seen an ad for him in the Lost Cats section of our local Craig’s list, animal humane society etc..

I noticed right away that he was matted quite a lot especially around his cheeks or where his ruff would probably start. I realize before this that he was declawed, but then to my horror, I realized that he did not have his back claws either, no wonder he was so matted.

I am so upset, he cannot defend himself and my cat (the leader is Scooter) has been following him outside and then attacking him, twice now. I wasn’t there either time.

I don’t know what to do, the poor cat stays in the garage, tries to keep to himself and yet Scooter has to treat him this way. Now, Buddy has a big scratch by his ear where I’ve removed most of the matt and I just feel so bad.

I hate people declawing their cats. I did it myself when I was young, until I realized what it really was about. But, to have taken this cat’s back claws as well, is to me a death sentence for a homeless cat. How this cat survived as long as he has is beyond me. He is the best cat I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. He is my Buddy and I just want to find him a good home if I can.

Sorry, I’m so long winded.


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Apr 28, 2012 Heart breaking NEW
by: Leah (England)

The vet that did this to buddy is evil; plain and simple. Front paws are bad enough never mind the back! Can you imagine him with fleas or an itch? Utter torture that he couldn’t even scratch himself and the et knew all this and so did his owners!! They make me sick to my stomach, all of them.

I can only say thank God buddy found you and just goes to show what a beautiful cat he must have been if he’s still friendly and loving even now with all he’s gone though.

I wish you all the best with him you really are an angel.

Apr 26, 2012 BUDDY NEW
by: becky

hi how kind of you to take him in he must be so happy to have found a nice home! have you tryed to give your 3 cats a very special tastey treat everytime they see buddy so that hopefully eventualy they will identify him with a treat also maby you could try feliway its a plug in cat cent that you could get from your vet it calms the cats down. best of luck i hope you get to keep him

Apr 26, 2012 BUDDY NEW
by: becky

hi how kind of you to take him in he must be so happy to have found a nice home! have you tryed to give your 3 cats a very special tastey treat everytime they see buddy so that hopefully eventualy they will identify him with a treat also maby you could try feliway its a plug in cat cent that you could get from your vet it calms the cats down. best of luck i hope you get to keep him

Apr 18, 2012 What a Shame NEW
by: Lindy Fellober

Shame on the original owners doing this then abandoning him. One day they will answer to God for that I believe. It thoroughly ticks me off. This little sweetie needs a new home now knowing that he is loved and that someone cares. I pray that someone special will take him. Bless you for what you’ve done for him.

Apr 17, 2012 Poor Buddy NEW
by: Anonymous

Poor Buddy,why oh why is declawing still legal and what sort of monsterous vet would declaw 4 paws,two are bad enough.
What sort of person who says they love cats enough to have one can think a cat can live a cat’s life without claws!
I hope and pray you find him a good home with no more healthy cats in it,maybe someone who has rescued one already declawed will take pity on him too.
This cruel surgery MUST be banned,too many cats have suffered and suffer still,it’s downright abuse.

Apr 17, 2012 Sad story NEW
by: Barbara

Deb I was so sad reading your story about Buddy, that poor cat has been through so much already, it was really kind of your husband to rescue him (though I think the friend is a bit of a flake re the litterbox)I just wish he could have stayed with your family forever but it seems that he is one cat too many and your three don’t want him around, especially Scooter the alpha cat. Living in a garage scared of other cats isn’t much of a life for Buddy, I wonder if maybe you could ask around for a loving home for him, maybe advertise in your local newspaper, with a picture of Buddy and his very sad story, maybe ask your vet if you can put up a poster in his waiting room, someone out there who doesn’t know it yet is the ideal person to take Buddy home. I hate people who declaw cats (I know you said you used to, obviously I would have hated you then but don’t now as you have seen the cruelty of it)it beggars belief to take away something a cat so obviously needs for survival, to take all four paws claws is pure evil. This also blows the excuse that a declawed cat has more chance of staying in the home right out of the water.
Good luck in finding a forever home for Buddy, please stick with him and find one and meanwhile try and give him your love and protection.

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Apr 17, 2012 So sad NEW
by: Ruth

I’m so sad at reading your story, poor little Buddy, 4 paw declawed and then turned out to fend for himself.
How anyone could be so heartless as to take not only his front claws and leave him defenceless but to take his back claws too, is tragic.
The worst of it is that this happens all the time, people who have their cat declawed are not fit cat caretakers and much more likely to either relinquish them to a Rescue Centre or to simply throw them out.
Buddy’s people obviously couldn’t be bothered to even groom him, maybe he developed litterbox avoidance from his painful stumps, as many declawed cats do and they in their stupidity called him a ‘bad cat’ and didn’t want him around.
Scooter obviously resents Buddy, to established cats a new cat is an intruder but they usually eventually sort themselves out. However in Buddy’s case he can’t fit in as he has no way of defending himself. It’s not Scooter’s fault, it’s what we call cats politics.
I hope you can find Buddy a home all on his own or with other disabled cats like him.

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Apr 16, 2012 New home NEW
by: Michael

Hi Debs, you and your husband did a great job of saving Buddy. Well done. Unfortunately he is an intruder in your cat family. In time things may settle down but they might not and being defenseless is not good for Buddy.

The early part of the story of Buddy is typical of extremely poor cat caretaking, isn’t it? Declawed and then pretty much abandoned to die.

It would be nice if a good home could be found for him where he does not have to live in a garage and where there are no other cats etc.

I think he deserves that.

Thanks for sharing.


Declawed Cat Story — 2 Comments

  1. I read Deb’s letter. We took in a precious kitty from a caring foster home. He was abused by all the cats and dogs in the place, so his foster mom was happy that he could be in a home alone. We watched him and he was bad about clawing furniture. We have silk upholstery among other easily marred fabrics in our home. He refused to use scratching posts. His back claws have destroyed my leather office chair.

    So that we would not have to scold him constantly and make him nervous, we had him declawed. (incidentally by a vet who said she would never have another cat that was NOT declawed.) If we ever have another one, (we’re in our mid sixties,we may not out-live him), I do not think I would declaw again. But with one claw sharpening, the draperies and furniture are in tatters.

    Every one of our cats have been rescuees. This one is the best and the smartest. He keeps us laughing,and also “takes care” of us when we are ill. When I had hip surgery, he walked slowly in front of me to guide me. When I had both shoulders replaced, he never demanded that I hold him. It’s been a year and a half. Now he is on my chest, tweeting padding, and purring demanding my attention.

    He daily calls for his Papa to pick him up and love him. He is a definite lap cat. He is OCD also. If any of his things are out of place, he pads Papa so that he will fix it. If his sand box needs changing, he goes to the linen closet door where we keep the sand box supplies, and sits with his nose to the door until Papa fixes it. (I can’t lift heavy things yet).

    In answer to Deb, our inside kitty never goes outside. He even asks me to take him to the sand box, (tnx to his Foster Mom, he won’t go alone, unless we have company). My daughter says he’s spoiled. Lol We see cats outside in our neighborhood who we know are declawed. I agree, that’s dumb and careless as we have dogs running loose that are cat killers. We had a hole in our fence that our neighbors helped with and before we could afford to get it repaired, he got in twice and killed 5 of our babies and adults.

    We also feed and shelter feral cats. Ours are “homeowners”‘ have heated water dishes, homemade shelters and blankets, plenty of food. They are all beautiful and have magnificent fur, thanks to my kind-hearted, precious husband. It is expensive and labor intensive, but he told me one day that he’d thought about them and realized that they can’t help their situation. It’s not their fault that people were not responsible pet owners. Some one has to take care of the ones who were dropped and ousted.

    We are fortunate. There are enough Cats besides the ones we have for all our neighbors to feed. Lol. About 8 of us feed water and shelter the ones we know about. We just don’t have the funds to neuter them, yet.

    We have asked for help and funding even discounted vet bills as we have plenty of animals that need neutering, but our ” humane ” society and shelters have ignored us. We can get discounted rates but from only that source.They don’t return our calls.most of the time we get an answering machine. if they do, they are snide, assuming, rude and hateful. It’ been years since I called, and will be years more.

    But, Deb, we all have inside animals, too, that we love and appreciate. I hope you will screen the home before you give Buddy to a new home. No dogs other cats or untrained abusive kids! People who just give away animals to unscreened homes are irresponsible and uncaring too.

    Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion. If any of you readers win the lottery or have cash lying around, hiding under mattresses, please think about helping others like us to get our well-loved ferals fixed, provide funding for food, outdoor catteries, and watering vessels.

    • Thanks Deborah for taking the time to share your experiences. Do you have a PayPal account? I am not saying PoC will send money. I am just saying it may happen in the future.

      You sound like a very decent person but I wish you had not declawed. For that reason alone I cannot say you are a good cat caretaker. Sorry.

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