Declawed cat suffering in a small cage.
I was given permission to use the photo above of a recently declawed cat, with the condition I don't give details of who is allowing it.
The photo is harrowing and I've cried buckets for that cat but we need to look and see the reality of this cruel unnecessary operation ourselves, no matter how much it hurts us, so we are able to use it to show the truth to those who deny it.
Staff of some clinics are bravely coming forward with stories and photos of the cats suffering which until now has been hidden away. We must be brave too if we are to stop this premeditated abuse of kittens and cats.
The client leaves their cat and picks him up 2 or 3 days later when the first agony of 10 (or 18) amputations is over, the blood cleaned from the cat's fur and the poor cat resigned to his fate of a life of disablement.
This cat is in a small steel cage, no comfort, no litter tray and only a blood splattered blanket to sit on. It looks to me as if he has chewed off one bandage and his stumps were still bleeding. Maybe he was stopped then by the uncomfortable ecollar put on him or the other bandage would be off too.
Look at his eyes, he's squinting as if he has a migraine, we know how that feels don't we!
Who is to say that anesthetic doesn't cause a cat a bad headache, their brains are similar to ours so scientists say when experimenting on them. His mutilated paws must feel as if they are on fire.
He hunches there dejectedly, resigned to his pain and fate, he can't even lick the blood from himself and we know cats are fastidiously clean and hate their fur to be dirty. He doesn't know what has happened to him or why.
His family, the very people he trusted, have betrayed his trust along with a person who trained to help animals and who knowing full well the consequences of declawing performed this cruel and painful surgery !
How can this be allowed to go on ?
Surely anyone with even the smallest shred of humanity can see how wrong declawing is!