Nala - declawed cat
A vet tech who is painfully honest tells us that she can recognise the smell the blood of a declawed cat. She can recognizes the smell of a range of operations but declawing causes a lot of blood to flow and the cat tears at the bandages to open the horrible wounds. She also says that after the declaw operation, "I feel like the scum of the earth..."
The story concerns Nala, a Ragdoll cat. She is sheltered by Midwest Friends of Animals, Inc. Jasonville, IN, USA. I take the liberty of quoting verbatim from the vet tech's article as it is very poignant and informative. Could she come forward a leave a comment? She deserves a medal. I hope she is still in work.
Nala was declawed by her "owners". Her owners then didn't like Nala's behavior and relinquished her.
I don't know the name of the vet tech who provides this honest account on Petfinder.com but I feel an obligation to spread the story to inform people who simply are not aware of what they are doing.
The declaw operation is also described by this vet tech and it seems brutally quick.
The procedure is sort of a half pull, half cut kinda thing. The nail clippers are doing their best to saw through the joint while the hemostats are ripping it away. And please make no mistake here, this isn't a nail trim. A cat's first joint, just like on your finger, is being ripped out. Nala utters a half growl/meow of pain as the joint tears away, even after all this medicine..."
The vet fills the gaping wound where the claws where with glue..."and squeezes it together for a few seconds.."
The day after the operation the vet tech has to re-bandage the wound and re-glue some of the mess.
"I drop some goo into Nala's socket and squeeze her tender and bruised deformed little toes together for several seconds. This hurts. A lot. And I feel like the scum of the earth...
Back to the shelter. Nala is not the girl she once was. The vet tech describes her condition far better than I could:
"She is very 'soured' on life in general and will also bite out of frustration, thanks to the owners who mutilated her and left her.
She has a safe and caring foster home and while we realize she will likely never be adopted and will have to live as a foster cat for her remaining years..
Do you want to put your cat through all that?
Please think again if you are considering declawing your cat. Don't take what the vet says as the truth. It isn't. It is biased. The truth is here on this page.
See the full story here: NALA (opens in a new window)