How Not To Stop A Cat Scratching
May 5th 2012: This will make you sick. Note: people are still in the process of investigating this.
A woman phoned the police to say that a girl was mistreating a cat. The police investigated and the matter was passed on to Kelly Askins of the Humane Society of Sandusky County.
She picked up the cat, a sweet looking, pregnant female gray tabby.
The cat had all four feet bandaged. There was a foul smell.
When Kelly took the bandages off she was shocked to see paws that had, “started to decompose”.
The claws had ingrown into the paw pads. In fact the front claws had grown through the paw pads. Ouch. The suffering the cat must have been through.
The news story does not explain this but I presume that the paw pads had become badly infected. Hence the rotten flesh and smell.
I also have to presume that the paws had been bandaged for a very long time because it takes a long time for claws to grow all the way through paw pads. Obviously the reason why the claws had grown so long was because they were bandaged.
Kelly believes that the paws were bandaged to stop the cat scratching!
The cat received veterinary treatment. She lost her kittens in a miscarriage.
For me, this is a new take on the declaw story. It is almost as bad as declawing a cat.
How a person can think that it was acceptable to bandage claws indefinitely and ignore the smell of rotting flesh is hard to fathom. I guess it is down to education again.
This has to be a case of cat cruelty. But I’ll leave that decision to the authorities, of course.
Associated: Declawing Cats.