Lilly was in a bit of a state. Now she’s much happier.
Judy is Lilly’s caretaker. She found Lilly at the PetSmart store when there were having an adoption day. Julie wasn’t looking for a cat but she said that Lilly looked so sad and scared. This attracted her.
Lilly had been in several foster homes and obviously hadn’t settled because of her behaviour. She had been declawed. She had been adopted more than once before but had been sent back to foster care because she had had accidents outside of the litter box.
At the time Julie saw Lily she was about 5 years-of-age and had been in foster homes for about 4 of those 5 years.
Judy decided to adopt. She discovered that Lily was nervous and was over-grooming as a consequence (grooming is reassuring). She had lice and crystals in her urine. She also had arthritis. She would not sit on Julie’s lap. She did not like being held, indicating that she had been mistreated.
Seven years elapsed and Julie discovered Kirsten of The Poor Project-Utah (PP-U). Up until then, Judy had no idea that so many problems could be caused by the declawing operation.
Lilly underwent declaw repair surgery. She had big P3 (distal phalanx) fragments in her paws leftover from a botched declaw (see photo above). She also had a claw growing through her paw pad. In addition she had calluses on her back hocks due to an altered stance which in turn was due to arthritis which in turn was due to a poor posture which in turn was due to the declawing operation…..
You can see how declawing a cat can have such profound effects in so many areas of a cat’s health and welfare.
Now, after the repair surgery, Lilly is like a different cat, Judy says. Lilly wants to be close to Judy and lets Judy hold her close when she sleeps. She is happy at last. It took a long time. Just think about it; all that pain, trouble, unhappiness and disruption just because somebody wanted to remove the claws of this sweet little cat. Isn’t it crazy?
My thanks to The Paw Project-Utah.