All Four Paws Declawed
I have a 16 y/o black cat, Zelda, with beautiful green eyes. I adopted her from the local shelter after originally going there to get a kitten. Here was an 8 year old, completely declawed cat, surrounded by dozens of cute kittens.
She’d been brought there by her owner who claimed his 10 yr. old daughter was allergic. Took 8 yrs. to find that out? Zelda can be a little…uhm, bitchy, at times, but if you had a very thick coat and undercoat and had NOTHING to scratch with, wouldn’t you be a little bitchy too?
Her Nirvana is a good, rough daily brushing, esp. round her ears! She’s not the only all-four declaw I’ve had. I adopted a male years ago, Siamese colored but much too fat to be Siamese, about 6 yrs. when he drifted my way from a neighbor’s home. He fell in love with my now-husband, so the neighbor let us keep him.
He too could be a bit grouchy, but once again…The neighbor told us Jingle Bells (later changed to J.B., for the sake of dignity. I mean, neutered, no claws, (why rub salt in the wound with that name?) had been declawed by “some maniacal Italian vet.”
Don’t know if said vet was in Italy, or in the U.S. But how could ANY vet with any type of conscience take off the BACK claws of an animal, as if the front weren’t bad enough.
I hope this type of thing doesn’t happen often, but I know for a fact that it does happen. My vet doesn’t declaw and was appalled by J.B. and Zelda’s condition. CRUEL, CRUEL, CRUEL.
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