by Ruth
(England )

Meet Vincent, the untouchable.

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Meet Vincent, the untouchable.

Following my story about poor little Pierce, declawed and in a Shelter at only a few months old, today meet Vincent.

I came across him in one of my monthly counts for Dr Jean Hofve of the reasons why declawed cats are in Shelters. He is in a Shelter in Los Angeles and this is the description of him given:

'Large adult male. If your taste in cats runs to look, but not touch, then Vincent is just the one for you! Vincent enjoys the company of other cats and humans, but does not want to be held or touched. He is declawed in front, and would love nothing more than to spend his days sitting on your windowsill, admiring the outside world'

Just look at his face, what has that poor cat gone though? Look at the weight he has to carry partly on those poor mutilated front paws.

Who can blame him for not wanting to be held or touched! All he has to look forward to if he does find someone to adopt him is sitting on the windowsill admiring the outside world.

These Shelter counts and our 2 weekly data counts too, break my heart as I'm sure they also do the other 2 volunteers doing the same thing as me!

How many more cats like little Pierce and large Vincent have to suffer the cruel and unnecessary amputation of their precious toe ends before declawing is stopped.

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Jun 05, 2011 Still there !
by: Ruth

Hour after hour, day after day, week after week, month after month poor Vincent sits in his cage !
When will someone take pity on him ?

Apr 16, 2011 STILL there
by: Ruth

Vincent is still sitting in his cage !

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Mar 26, 2011 "Extra Special" Vincent
by: Chris H.

I'd like to see him in adopted by an Extra Special Purrrson, who'd be patient, loving and understanding. The ideal purrrson would be interested in nutrition and getting Vincent's weight down without using prescription diets (like on They'd also be interested in trying holistic medicine and things recommended to reduce pain and inflammation.

Mar 21, 2011 Still there
by: Ruth

Vincent is still sitting in his small cage, day after day, week after week, month after month.
I'd like to cage forever his ex 'owner' and the corrupt vet who did this to him !

Jan 18, 2011 Look at how he's sitting
by: Ruth (Monty's Mom)

Look at where Vincent is bearing weight through his front paws. It's like he's bearing weight more through the large paw pad near the rear of the paw. His paw is at a funny angle and you can follow the change all the way up his limb. He doesn't seem to be sitting the same as a cat with claws would sit. That's because he would normally be bearing his weight through his toe ends which are now missing. I don't think people who are only around declawed cats notice the difference, but I saw it right away. Some declawed cats can bear weight more on the smaller, anterior paw pads (which are designed for cushioning, not weight bearing) but he's too heavy to do that. All cats suffer from declawing, but just looking at this cat's stance and the expression on his face and you can tell he's in a lot of pain, every moment of every day. Anyone who doesn't see that just doesn't want to see it.

Jan 10, 2011 Vincent
by: Ruth

Vincent is in Metairie, LA, I'd adopt him myself if I lived over there.

Jan 08, 2011 Still there
by: Ruth

I'm very sad to say that poor Vincent is still sitting in his cage.
Someone ruined that cat's life and probably hasn't given him another thought since dumping him.

Dec 08, 2010 Poor little soul
by: Leah (England)

Kathy W I'm not surprised she was probably petrified that your son was going to hurt her and she couldn't defend herself.

How is she now?

Dec 06, 2010 poor kitty
by: kathy w

My first expience with cats was when my son was small. Being our first cat everyone told us we had to get it declawed. Not being educated on the subject we did what everyone suggested. I hate myself for it. Well Friskie was never the same. She hid behind the fridge, under the bed, everywhere.

Dec 04, 2010 To Ruth
by: Maggie

That's just it, Ruth. They say declawed cats are declawed because they find homes more easily, but in all honesty, who would want a cat that is untouchable? A cat that is so lacking in confidence that you cannot interact with him... Declawing keeps cats OUT of homes, you've proved that by writing about Vincent. And when people say that declawed cats do not experience behavioural problems they are just nothing more than ignorant fools. A declawed cat who is untouchable with no behavioural problems? What a lie. This is why Vincent remains homeless, because ignorant people cannot see what the damage of declawing has done to him physically and mentally.

Dec 03, 2010 Still there
by: Ruth

Sad to say Vincent is still sitting there in his cage.
How I wish someone kind and understanding would take him home.

Nov 20, 2010 Poor Vincent...
by: Maggie

Poor Vincent. He's such a big beautiful boy. His life has been absolutely destroyed by declawing. The fact that he doesn't like to be held obviously means he's got little confidence. But can you blame him? He became crippled over night, he doesn't know what happened. It would have been an extremely frightening experience for the poor boy.

I hope he find a good home where someone will respect him. Who ever declawed him is an evil person. Vincent deserves better...

Nov 19, 2010 Vincent
by: Edward

The look in Vincents eyes says I dont trust humans any more because they hurt me.
Someone spoilt that cats whole life and then didnt want him.
That to me is heartbreaking.

Nov 16, 2010 So Very Sad: So Very Unthinkable
by: Jo Singer

How anyone can declaw a cat is beyond my grasp. It is simply unthinkable.

Of course this cat is untouchable, and that breaks my heart.

When will humans become humane? I ask you this?


Nov 15, 2010 Oh man.....
by: Sylvia Ann

Some months ago there was a fine article by Sue describing in detail a surgical procedure that eases the pain of declawed cats. The essay was a ray of light in the gloom of suffering.

Nov 15, 2010 So sad
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

Because every male cat I've ever met with his coloring has been a snugglebug.

Humans have turned him into what he is today. There's no turning him back. The most he can hope for is a home where he can be catered to but not help.

Hopefully in time he'll find a home and forgive the human race.

Nov 15, 2010 poor Vincent
by: Kathleen

Prayers for poor Vincent. I wouldn't blame him at all for being angry at the human race, although it's a testament to the incredible forgiving nature of domestic cats that his shelter description still says he enjoys the company of humans, provided they don't try to touch him. I hope he finds a loving home soon.

Nov 15, 2010 Handsome and sad.
by: Michael

He is handsome but he looks p*ss*d off! He looks upset with the human race! If he is untouchable by human he has learned that through experience and he is doing all he must to survive. It is sad as it is totally unnecessary.

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Nov 15, 2010 Poor lad
by: Barbara

What a gorgeous cat he is and how sad he's hunching there and he only knows the worst kind of "owner" so far, I hope someone soon comes and takes him home and I hope they have an outdoor run so he can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air that is the right of every living creature. Fancy advertising him like a breathing ornament to put on the windowsill! What a life!
Ruth I should think you'll dread opening up the page next time you do the study incase he is STILL sitting there in that small cage.

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Nov 15, 2010 Scarred for life
by: Leah (England)

To me he is a very handsome cat. If he was housed near to me I would fetch him in an instant. To many others he is now damaged goods thanks to the vile selfish person that ruined his life.

I hope and pray that someone takes heed that his personality was changed forever at the time he was mutilated and takes him into a home with all the love and understanding he needs and deserves.

My heart bleeds for him and for all other unfortunates that have been mutilated them dumped by the fickle, selfish, vile inhuman scum that perpetrate these acts time and again.

Nov 15, 2010 Vincents eyes show it all...
by: pamela marshall

Vincents eyes show it all! all the suffering and pain...and then not being wanted or loved...
Humans have done this to him!
Now he waits to see what the future holds for him. Who will take him home and love and respect him? He now has issues,...and horrid memories, and daily pain! My heart goes out to Vincent,
and I hope that for the rest of his life, he will have a good home and be loved.
Vincent is the picture of many, many cats who have been de-clawed...who will suffer pain and deformity for the rest of their lives...Who will want them and love them...permanently disabled in body and mind....?

Nov 15, 2010 Vincent
by: Rose

Poor Vincent,I wish I could go and fetch him home myself.He looks so like my Malcolm I could swear he was his brother.It's terrible that someone took his toes away then got rid of him for being untouchable.

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56 Responses

  1. Kari and the Kitty Krewe says:

    Hi everybody. I just happened upon this story because it was linked to an article I was reading about the horrible effects of declawing cats. Based on the link that is provided (Petfinder) Vincent has been adopted. Today is March 1, 2014, by the way. I sent a message through Petfinder and I’m also going to contact the rescue organization directly tomorrow, to find out the truth about if he actually has been adopted. If he indeed has, I’m still going to pass on my contact info, just in case he comes back due to the new home “not working out” or something. I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which is about 60 miles away, and I go to New Orleans 1-2 times a week, so transport is not an issue here. I realize that whoever the new owner is may be overwhelmed or might not be prepared for having such a unique guy, and I’m going to make sure that this rescue group has my info if he comes back, which I pray he’s happy, but realistically, not all people are like us and unconditionally love their cats, and understand that Vincent is only as he is because he’s a product of horrible circumstances beyond his control. I have 3 furkids now, so my ONLY issue might be Vincent’s friend, but since I have a kitty family for him to be a part of, it might be okay, or maybe we can spend a few weeks together to see if he can happily live with my furkids, or if I need to smuggle in his friend Tori. My little girl that I have now was a feral that I picked up from a parking lot on a rainy day, and she’s become a very well-adjusted and happy kitty! I’ve had cats for all of my 37 years and I can even provide references if they need. Like I said, I hope he’s okay and in his furrever home, but if that’s not the case, I’m giving them another option.
    Hugs and purrs and head bomps from me and my kitty krewe

    • Thanks for sharing. I will return to your comment and read it properly soon. In too much of a rush right now!

    • Jo Singer says:

      Thanks for your interest in Vincent. He HAS been adopted with his best friend Tortie and they are both doing very well at the sanctuary. They has to go together due to their very strong bond.

      They are living with two other kitties and have all become great friends. I personally spoke with the woman who owns the sanctuary. They are not caged anymore.

      That was all the info I was able to get but according to the personnel at the shelter they were at and the sanctuary owner they both are well and being cared for with lots of love.

      Hope this helps.

  2. Rose says:

    I don’t think Connor is coming back so we need to hope and pray somebody else takes pity on these poor cats

  3. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    lol ‘not a dicky bird’ means ‘not a word’
    No it’s not looking good for Connor returning here is it. We have it about Vincent and Torti all over facebook too but so far no one wants them. Just hoping for a Christmas miracle, they do happen sometimes.

  4. Dee (Florida) says:

    Any word from Conner?

  5. Jo Singer says:

    There’s some possible great MEWS for Vincent and hopefully his new buddy- but only if there is someone who is committed to take Vincent and hopefully his buddy, Tori. Since the shelter will waive adoption fees if both go to their permanent loving home together, the cost of the adoption will not be an issue.

    This said, if someone lives within a 300 mile radius from New Orleans, and is able to make a committment to definitely take these kitties, there is a strong possibility for free transport from New Orleans to your location.

    So if anyone can open their heart and home for these two cats, please post a response to this post. Ruth and I will keep checking and we can go on from there. What a blessing this would be for these cats. Thank you so much!

  6. JanPlant says:

    Oh no! Well hopefully something good will come of all this.All we can do is what we’ve done.The rest is up to Connor. I can certainly understand,one animal is one thing,taking on two new ones at once is quite a feat.Hope he decides to take both.Best of luck Connor,whatever you decide.

  7. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    Unfortunately it’s not as straightforward as we thought. Vincent has a long time companion who the Shelter would like adopted out with him, but Connor already has a cat and wanted Vincent as a companion for him.
    If anyone can remember the story of little Gimpy/Gertie one of the cats abandoned next door to us, you will remember how traumatised she was and how her feline companion was her comfort in Kays Hill cattery. She was in the cattery so long she was institutionalised and unadoptable without her friend.
    Sadly she was PTS with an incurable illness without ever being rehomed and it was her friend Marcus left bereft.

  8. Jan Plant says:

    Sent an inquiry just now . Connor may have to fill out an adoption application if he has not already done so! Yes Ruth I agree ,with the shelters basically over flowing , the idea of being hesitant and drag Vincent’s freedom out is odd to say the least!!!

  9. Jan Plant says:

    Thank you Ruth! Got Vincents’s pics saved to my ‘puter . On my way now to FB to see if we can find this boy or a good contact for him!!!Will post here as soon as I hear!!!

    • Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

      Thanks Jan, I’d have thought that Shelter would have been only too happy to have Vincent adopted out after all the years he’s been there, so I wonder why are they taking such a time to approve it for Connor. He obviously truly wants to care for Vincent or he wouldn’t be going to the trouble of adopting a cat so far away and with obesity problems.
      It’s Vincent’s only chance of a normal home life and that Shelter is dragging their heels! With so many unwanted cats in the Shelter you’d think they would be happy to arrange the adoption quickly.

    • Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

      This link from Jo works

  10. Maggie says:

    Oh my, Vincent is a big, big boy! If you do end up adopting him, Connor, it is so important that you get him to a healthy body condition. As Leah mentioned, that’s an awful lot of weight for him to be carrying on those crippled paws. But obesity can also do some serious damage by itself. I feel so sorry for Vincent, I hope he can find his way into your home where he’ll finally get the life he deserves!

  11. Jan Plant says:

    Could someone post a pic of Vincent to my email . Won’t let me copy here . Thanks so much! I’ll need it to start a post on FB!

    • Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

      Will do Jan. The link to Vincent’s page is above in a comment I made when Connor first asked about adopting him, but clicking on it for the past week or so, the message comes up that:
      ‘the pets are busy playing while the site is under maintenance’

    • Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

      Jan I found him again for Connor by searching for ‘Vincent declawed cat Metairie, LA’ as I hadn’t got the Petfinder details on my computer any more from the data study.
      But searching that way now just leads me to the same message above. Maybe someone in Metairie might know where the Shelter is, it must be a no kill Shelter thank goodness.

  12. Jan Plant says:

    Oh how this makes me see red!!! As we ALL here know exactly what declawing is!!!!! Poor Vincent! Caged and in pain ,poor boy , no wonder he doesn’t want a human touching him! Look what one has already done!( I could say so much more , but it would fall on the deaf ears of idiots who do this!) Now…if someone could get me Vincent’s contact info I would be very happy to help Connor in his wonderful goal of acquiring Vincent!! I have free unlimited calling anywhere in USA and will call anyone we need to to help get Vincent out of this awful cage and home to Connor. I will also post his pic on my FB page see if anyone there has any more info on this poor guy! I may be wrong , but he’s probably over weight as moving around is probably torture on his poor little chopped toes!!! And he is probably being over fed out of guilt! Also there is nowhere for him to get any exercise in a cage!!!! ARGGGG.. Just so much wrong with this whole set up!!! Thoughtless unfeeling people should never be permitted the loving companion ship of any animal!!! Connor you can contact me here with info , my FB page or my email: ja*******@ya***.com. God Bless you Connor for wanting to give Vincent a better life, and again I’ll be happy to help with contacting!!!!

  13. Leah says:

    Hi Connor I can give you a little to help with your expenses you are such a wonderful person to take him into your life. I’m not surprised he doesn’t want to be touched with all that weight on de-clawed paws!!! The amount of pain he is in every day must be like a living hell for him 🙁 I hate with every fibre of me the disgusting excuse of a human that did this! I hope they rot in hell!!!

    • Rose says:

      Leah I so much agree with you in hoping the people who ruined Vincent’s life rot in hell along with all the vets who do it to make money and all the cat owners who pay those vets to axe off their cats toe ends.
      Connor I pray you are able to adopt Vincent and I wish you every bit of luck for yourself in this world because you deserve it for caring about that poor cat.

  14. Connor says:

    Hello Everybody,

    Just a little update on Vincent here. I greatly appreciate all of the rescue organizations for helping with the expenses, I will get that taken care of. I have inquired via e-mail and phone and no replies yet. However, Vincent is still posted as “Adoptable” through his rescue organization, so hoping for the best over here. I was sent an attachment of a photo of him during my first inquiry of his adoption. He seems in very poor overall condition and I do not think he should even be in a cage anymore, and just handled briefly to his tolerance.

    I will keep everybody posted here soon. Thank you for your support.

    • Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

      Hello Connor, thank you so much for persisting in trying to rescue Vincent, you would think the Shelter would be pleased to let him go to a good home after he’s been there so long! He is sure to be institutionalised by now and you are taking a lot on but I’d guess that with time he would settle nicely with you as you obviously love and understand cats. Goode luck in your quest to adopt him and you deserve help with the expenses if you manage to do this wonderful kind thing for this poor cat.
      Please keep us posted and good luck.

    • Michael says:

      So pleased to hear from you again. I was thinking about you and Vincent the other day. I hope this works out. I really do. Take care.

    • JanPlant says:

      Connor O Connor!!!! Just received an email from Zeus’s Place . Vincent is there! He is spending Thanksgiving w/ his bonded pal Tori and the owner of the facility , Michelle . I forwarded the email to you , Ruth , as Connor I do not have your email . But the gist is this .. you need to fill out an app at . Also seems that Vincent has bonded w/ another kitty , Tori and they are willing to for go any adoption fee if both cats get a home TOGETHER . If that is possible , it’d be super! So get your application filled out and let’s get these babies on to you and your home!!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeee…That would be so pawsome!!!!

  15. Rose says:

    What’s happened Connor?

  16. Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

    Vincent is still sitting there, heartbroken for him 🙁
    and he’s only one of many declawed cats either killed or condemned to a life in a cage, unwanted because of the legal mutilation of cats, called declawing!

  17. Maggie says:

    Thank you so much for offering your home to Vincent, Connor! Good on you, I hope everything goes well, and I hope you and Vincent enjoy your future together!

  18. Leah says:

    Connor you are amazing for rescuing beautiful Vincent I hope with all my heart it goes well he deserves so much more than being trapped in a cage all day 🙁 I hate the people who crippled him 🙁

    Please let me know about the chip in and I will put some as well won’t be much but every little bit helps

  19. Barbara says:

    I hope and pray that Vincent can be saved from the life he’s endured all these years, good luck and God bless you Connor, please let us know if you manage to save him.

  20. Jo Singer says:

    Connor, this cat will be forever grateful to you- and bless you! This surgery is an abomination and must be banned. I just don’t get it- how people can continue to maim and torture cats with this unnecessary and inhumane procedure is way beyond me.

    Thank you Connor. You are indeed an angel!

  21. Rose says:

    What a fantastic thing to happen Connor I love you.I hope it all goes well.
    I love you all who are contributing to Vincents expenses too and I wish I could help as well but I don’t have a penny left over by I’ve fed my kids and cats.
    POC is the BEST.

  22. Susan A. Gallagher. says:

    So hope you take him – it will be well worthwhile !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. I so much hope that Vincent will finally find the home, where he is loved and accepted. Bless you, Connor, for considering him. 🙂

  24. Nick Cassells says:

    Good luck Connor.

  25. Connor says:

    I would like to adopt him. I have another cat who needs a friend as his brother recently passed away. I’m not home and I feel it would be courteous to give him a new home. Any rescues/shelters or websites with any information about him?

    • Michael says:

      Hi Connor. That is a very decent suggestion. However, as the article was written a long time ago (actually before May 25th 2012 – the date stamp on the post) I am sure Vincent has found a home. I sure hope so by now.

      Thanks again for visiting and offering to take him on.

    • Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

      Connor, Poor Vincent is still there by the look of this! It’s years since I wrote this article about him, it’s heart breaking if he is still in a cage.
      There are contact details on that link.
      Good luck, please let us know if this beautiful boy is going to be lucky at long last.

      • Michael says:

        Thanks Ruth. If he is still there it is very sad. An example of why declawing is horrible.

      • Connor says:

        Hello everybody,

        I have been following this post regarding adoption, and it appears that Vincent is still up for adoption. He looks in very poor physical condition and is undesirably overweight. Being not home very often, I would enjoy his company as should my other cat being not able to touch him, but yet work with him with his trust issues. I have yet to make arrangements to pick him up from New Jersey, but I’m sure something such as a day trip can be made out.

        • Michael Broad says:

          Connor, I hope you succeed. It would make a great cat story. You’d have to come back and tell us all about it! Good luck

        • Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

          Connor you are an Earth Angel if you adopt Vincent, I’m in tears at the thought of that poor cat having sat there in that cage for years, left there by some cruel person who had their cruel vet declaw him and then they didn’t want him after all.
          PLEASE let us know if you manage to get him. I’m sure with time and patience he will come to love and trust you, you are obviously a true cat lover.
          I cried for him seeing him sitting there week after week when I had to visit that rescue site to gather statistics and I’ve never forgotten him, but we are helpless in England so far away, all we can do is fight to get declawing banned over there and save future cats from a fate like poor Vincents.
          PLEASE let us know what happens and THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

        • Michael says:

          Hi Connor, PoC will contribute towards your expenses in picking up Vincent. In fact we could go further.

          Every month PoC makes a donation to a cat charity. The next one is due !st December.

          Please update us about your plans and when you pick up Vincent and PoC will get some money to you if you would like us to.

          It won’t be a fortune but every little bit helps.

          Good luck.

        • marc says:

          I’ll donate towards this. Let me know what I should pay for. Transport? Adoption fee? Anything to help get him a home of his own.

          Michael if you donate then I’ll chip in to your donation. Just somebody let me know where and how to send the money.

          It’s heartbreaking for Vincent.

          • Ruth aka Kattaddorra says:

            Michael and Marc how very kind you both are.
            I will contribute too, it won’t be much as what we have to spare we support our local cat sanctuaries with and they are quite desperate, but every little helps and Vincent is a very special case.
            I hope and pray Connor can find a way to get Vincent home, I will then believe that miracles CAN happen.

  26. Alta Hanlon says:

    Is it true that when cats are in pain they have what I call the “flat eyed look” where their eyes are flattened on the upper side. Vincent has that look.

  27. Tunde says:

    How horrifying is this practice of declawing cats…
    I am from Hungary and I heard of declawing first time in my life after arriving in Canada. I nearly FAINTED on the very spot!
    Declawing is totally cruel and perverse!!!
    What kind of Middle Ages art of torturing is going on in North America??? I still can not believe this.
    All the vets performing this surgery should sit in the prison! That is exactly the place where they would end up when they would try to do this surgery in Europe. Animal cruelty is an offence there… and this IS animal cruelty, for financial gain!
    Repeated, dirty animal cruelty practice for MONEY… WHAT A SHAME.
    How low can the level of professional ethics sink when it comes to $$$… unbelievable…

    Hope this poor cat found a new, loving home in the meantime…
    I still can not believe this, that animals can be multilated in this way in supposedly CIVILIZED countries for the convenience for their stupid, ignorant, brainwashed and lazy owners..!

    • Michael says:

      I love your passion. Just like me and the other regular visitors who hate the vets and cat owners who put their cats through this cruel surgery.

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