Lyova The Lioness.

by Anna Nesterova-Liers
(Long Island, NY)

Lyova the Lioness

Lyova the Lioness

Her name Lyova means "little lioness" in Russian. She was adopted from the shelter in Ann Arbor and she helped my daughter survive Law School.

Though I heard many times how big, beautiful, intelligent and furry she was, what a shocker it's been to finally meet her in person in our home on Long Island!

She looked more like a fox or a raccoon, so huge, heavy, with a dark silver coat mixed with patches of sunny orange and a big bushy tail.

For a day or two Lyova was hiding in the closet. I was anticipating long and hard work to win her heart over knowing that her previous owners had de-clawed her and probably abused in other ways (if that alone was not enough) before dumping her to a shelter.

It was such a ray of silver sunshine in my life when Lyova came out of her closet and just like that became a queen of our home. The only cloud in the sky and a heartache I felt when I watched her limping slightly on her front paws: what a horrible thing to do to an animal!

People do not realize that not only the claws, but a part of a bone is taken off from the cat's phalanges during this torturous procedure. They partly lose their balance, ability to climb, clean themselves, play with the toys, and may develop a depression. I think those owners should have removed some of their own digits first to see how that feels before doing this to their animal. Good thing those were the front paws only.

Though Lyova has evidently destined to be an indoor cat, once in a while I allowed her to come out to our patio and a stretch of grassland and shrubs separating my front windows from a golf course. The area is safe, she never went far and I always saw where she was.

That one evening my Daughter, Lyova and me were having a quality time out on the patio when a huge faraway neighbor's cat snicked out from the bushes.

Before any of us had a chance to grab our poor defenseless Lyova to a, no what you think happened 😉 In an instant Lyova turned into a mountain of standing up fur and in another instant she was cheerfully chasing that cat away with a speed of light. Unbelievable!

That was the moment of truth for all of us: it doesn't really matter as much if you are de-clawed, hurt or physically disabled. As long as your are loved and your spirit is strong, there is nothing to fear. I love our tender but courageous little lioness with all my heart and ready to share her pictures with all kind people on the planet.


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Feb 26, 2011 Oh no
by: Jane

I followed the link from your other page and didn't know until I read this page that poor Lyova was declawed!
What a brave cat she is and I'm crying for her and for you that some ignorant person had this done to her by some cruel vet.
I feel so angry at anyone who has ever had anything to do with declawing any cat,from the owner to the vets to everyone who works for him.
How do they do it and go home and sleep at night?
I'm so pleased you took that brave little lioness in and gave her a good home.
I can't bear to think if she'd ended up in a cage for life ...or worse ......

Feb 06, 2011 Thank you, all!
by: Anna

Thank you, Ruth!
Thank you, Michael!
I am so happy that "you may say I am a dreamer,
"but I'm not the only one"

And I'll definitely follow the advice to check out my Lyova's paws by a good vet. The one who is not only after the money.
All the best to you all.

Feb 06, 2011 Lyova
by: Ruth

Hello Anna.
Lyova is absolutely beautiful and it breaks my hear to think that she has to live her life without her much needed claws because some selfish person chose to have this done to her.
Cats are so stoic and brave.
People who say declawing doesn't affect cats obviously don't know that they adjust to a disabled life because they have no choice.
There are many of us now trying to educate those who don't know the truth about declawing and that the vets who do it don't care about cats, only about the money they can make from their suffering.
Their excuse is that it keeps cats in their homes, but you only have to look at Lyova's fate of ending up iun a Shelter and the thousands of other declawed cats like her, to know that is not true.
Michael's advice to see a no declaw vet is good because he/she may be able to help Lyova.
Thank you for telling her story, it may save other cats from being declawed.
X for Lyova's furry head

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Feb 06, 2011 Nervous
by: Michael

Hi Anna, thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading Lyova's story. I got a bit nervous at one time. I thought you were going to lose her!

I am sorry that she was declawed by her previous owners. Such a terrible thing to do to such an outstandingly beautiful cat.

If she still limps, you might see if a genuinely good vet (one who doesn't declaw) can have a look at her paws. Sometimes small fragments of bone can be left behind in this brutal operation and these can cause great discomfort when walking. These fragments can be removed. Just a thought. I don't know if this applies in this instance but it might.

Your post is a good example of how declawing cats can cause life long problems sometimes. Some people should never "own" cats. I wish there was some sort of test people had to pass before they were allowed to have a pet of any kind. There should be a test like a car driving test.

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