Horrendous must see photo of cat claw regrowth after declawing

You read about cat claw regrowth quite a lot if you are passionate about fighting declawing as I am. Here is an excellent and frankly gruesome example published by Dr Rachel Fuentes on her Facebook page.


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An example of cat claw regrowth after declawing. Photo: Dr. Rachel Fuentes. Many thanks.


This cat’s forepaws were declawed 12 years ago including the dewclaw which is on the side of the foreleg a little way away from the cat’s four toes.

Dr Fuentes says that a small amount of viable tissue was left behind during the declaw operation. This, apparently, is not uncommon.

The dewclaw regrew under the skin. The doctor says that it was not noticed by the cat’s owner which seems barely believable judging by the photo taken before the doctor operated on it. It could not be more visible.

Anyway she removed the ‘offending nail’. You can see how it formed a huge spiral of nail under the skin, forcing its way through the skin as it enlarged.

The doctor correctly comments:

“The downsides [of declawing] far outweigh the benefit for this procedure….”

I would add that the only so called benefits befall the cat’s owner and for the cat it is all downside, bigtime downside.

Please don’t declaw your cat. Insist that your vet explains everything about it including what it actually entails, the pain (sometimes permanent), undesirable consequences and possible complications. If your vet won’t discuss it properly change vets. And please read up about declawing first.

Link to the doctor’s FB page.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home.

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  • There is only one instance where a declaw should be done and even then, all options should be exorcised .. and that’s if the patient has diabetes. Studies have proven that people with diabetes often are prone to infection regardless of how clean and careful they are when they are wounded. In which case, they must be extremely careful when it comes to cats with claws as we know our feline friends don’t mean to hurt us sometimes when they suddenly are frightened by a noise on our lap or are seeking to jump into our laps. My mom had to have hers declawed for that very reason. Even the vet said that they would ONLY do it in that circumstance and ONLY with a note directly from the doctor themself stating the ailment and issues.

  • You cannot call yourself an animal lover or cat lover and be in favor of declawing. I despise having to argue with people who do and find ways to justify it.

    • Yes. And you'll find that 99% of cat owners who have declawed their cat will say with complete conviction that they are animal lovers.

  • A Facebook friend has told me how his two declawed cats are just fine, but I believe it is wishful thinking on his part. I stuck by my guns. It's not worth the risk of mutilating and causing pain to these animals for the rest of their possibly short lives.

  • At least this poor victim didn't walk on her dew claws. :( The worst thought is about the cats whose claws regrow on their regular toes.

    May the fleas of at least one million cats (before they were treated) infest the shorts of each declaw vet. >:(

    • Yes, a good point Cat's Meow. I can't imagine what it must be like for cats walking on toes that have regrowth inside them. Even without that it is problematic in my opinion as the whole architecture of the paw is altered by declawing. Vets who declaw are horrendous.

  • This photograph is horrifying. That must have been so painful for the poor cat to live with. This fills me with complete anger. Declawing is a form of mutilation that is so severe. It is unthinkable that it was ever allowed as a "medical" procedure at all. This is not medicine. It is barbaric torture. 😱😧

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