My Rescue Cat With The Saddest Face

My Rescue Cat With The Saddest Face

by Elisa
(USA)

Sad Ginger

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Sad Ginger

We rescued ANOTHER declawed cat on Friday. We didn't make the decision to adopt Saber because she was declawed. I'll explain that in a moment.

Saber is a 10 year old long haired ginger tabby I spotted on the euthanasia list where we rescue and foster. She had been turned into the shelter due to the bad health of the owner. Saber had the saddest little face...

I contacted the rescue coordinator Andrea, telling her we'd like to foster Saber. Our signals got crossed and I was put down on the paperwork as "rescuing." This means we'll either have her until a forever home can be found or we'll keep her.

I'd already decided to change her name from Saber to Ginger. I didn't much like the name that came with her. Saber makes me think of saber-toothed tigers.

Now for the rest of the story and how we learned Ginger is a declawed cat. It appears her shelter name fits her personality. As soon as Laura picked her up to place her in a cage to feed her, Ginger turned around and nailed Laura. She bit Laura really hard, then tried to scratch her. That's when Laura turned to me and asked "I wonder if she's declawed?"

There's no mention of Ginger being declawed on her shelter paperwork. There's also nothing about a bite history, which we believe she has. Laura didn't get scratched because Ginger is a declawed cat! I believe the shelter didn't realize it either because she's a terror to get near with all the hissing and growling and slapping.

Let's not forget BITING! This is what declawed cats do. When their main line of defence is taken away, even sweet kitties learn to bite. We know her front paws are now mutilated for life. We have been brave enough to check the back ones yet.

Ginger has become an expert at biting. It's not her fault. Her previous owner may have been elderly and afraid of being scratched. Many elderly cat owners in the U.S. are still mentally conditioned to believe the only good cat is a declawed cat. They may have had grandchildren they didn't want to fall victim of a cat scratch.

I wonder how many people Ginger has bitten? As for the shelter paperwork, it's a shame they hadn't listed Ginger as declawed because declawed cats are very desirable. Compare it to having cruise control on a car. Many people here in the states believe a declawed cat is great. Until the cat learns to bite and begins to show other behavior problems.

The owner of a declawed cat may save on new furniture, but the difference moneywise will be spent on antibiotics for bitten hands and future vet bills for their cat.

Laura would have had a scratch for just a few days if Ginger had used her claws to defend herself. Maybe she wouldn't have been scratched at all. Declawed cats perceive threats differently than cats with claws. Paranoid is a word that comes to mind. Laura didn't fuss at Ginger. She made her humb bleed and washed and treated it. It's still very swollen and sore. Laura's on antibiotic for strep throat, so she shouldn't have any problem with infection.

People are so clueless about bites. The wound is small. Laura has a small hole where Ginger's teeth penetrated the skin. When compared to a scratch, some would think a bite would be preferable to a scratch. Yet a scratch doesn't interfere with life. Usually it doesn't hurt long after. Laura's bitten thumb will interfere with everything she tries to do for the next several days. I know it sounds lame, but it's painful for her to text using the thumb that was bitten.

I wonder if the biting has anything to do with Ginger being turned into the shelter? Whatever the reason, we'll lover her and care for her until she learns to trust us. Ginger hid in the cabinet under the master bath sink last night. Today she found the cat tree in my bedroom and Laura caught her looking out the window.

Perhaps Ginger was daydreaming about all the things she can't go outside and do as a declawed cat.

I ask you readers, are declawed cats preferred in the area you live in? Has a vet ever tried to sell you a package that included declawing? It's hard to believe declawing can still be looked at so casually in this country.

As for dear Ginger, we'll do right by her and not fuss about any behavior problems. i hate to think what would have happened if she'd been up for public adoption. Biting the hand that feeds you is punishable by death in this country.

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May 01, 2012
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A happy cat destroyed by declawing !
by: Anonymous

Title sounds harsh because it is, Ginger didn't ask to be declawed/deformed, removing her basic form of defense. A loving, happy cat now has Jekyll & Hyde personality that everyone fears, she'll inflict a bite that will require a visit to dr, strong oral antibiotics & cream for @ least 2 weeks, painful & complicated. The mouth of ANY living thing HARBORS lots of bacteria.Dionne Warwick said in a song "A kiss can give you pneumonia".
A scratch will heal on it own, nothing compared to a deep bite that breaks skin & gets infected, could put a person in hospital specially if imnume system is compromised eg elderly, diabetics or heart trouble.
Why do you think "declawing" is illegal in most countries except USA & Canada. Mr Ghandi said "A nation is measured by how it treats the lesser ones".
Do we want to be known/remembered as a country that treats its lesser ones (cats & dogs in a sadistic, cruel manner ?
We're supposed to be an example to others, let's think about the treatment we give the lesser ones, the ones that can't speak for themselves.
This cruel, sadistic & criminal practice needs to become illegal & penalize the vets performing it.No cat deserves to be declawed.
Vets performing such cruel & sadistic methods need to be fined & perhaps license revoked, such
persons ONLY care about their profits NOT the cats well being. Everytime I read about declawing it makes my blood pressure & anger rise to a dangerous level. I speak for those who can't !
A cat lover/rescuer/helper for over 50 yrs
keenpetite
Southeast Arizona (USA)


May 01, 2012
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Declawing a cruel & sadistic practice !
by: Anonymous

That poor cat, she looks so dejected thru no fault of her own. Vets should be heavily fined/license revoked for MUTILATING/DEFORMING cats. Once a loving happy cat has been turned into a Jekyll & Hyde so & so. Reason she fights/bites, no natural deffense.
As mentioned before if we get a scratch from a cat, it will heal in a few days, but a bite will become seriously infected requiring a visit to dr & strong oral antibiotics & cream for bite site @ least 2 weeks. Very painful & complicated indeed.
I certainly wish people/vets would be wise enough to let a cat be a cat the way it was created with four claws. If you think I'm upset, you're right, I've been a cat lover/rescuer/helper for over 50 yrs. Reading about declawing makes my blood pressure & anger rise to a dangerous level.
Mahatma Ghandi said "A nation can be measured by the way it lesser ones are treated" do we want to be known/remembered as barbaric, cruel and sadistic cat owners, let's ponder what we do to our cats.
keenpetite
Southeast Arizona


May 01, 2012
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Declawing a cruel & sadistic practice !
by: Anonymous

That poor cat, she looks so dejected thru no fault of her own. Vets should be heavily fined/license revoked for MUTILATING/DEFORMING cats. Once a loving happy cat has been turned into a Jekyll & Hyde so & so. Reason she fights/bites, no natural deffense.
As mentioned before if we get a scratch from a cat, it will heal in a few days, but a bite will become seriously infected requiring a visit to dr & strong oral antibiotics & cream for bite site @ least 2 weeks. Very painful & complicated indeed.
I certainly wish people/vets would be wise enough to let a cat be a cat the way it was created with four claws. If you think I'm upset, you're right, I've been a cat lover/rescuer/helper for over 50 yrs. Reading about declawing makes my blood pressure & anger rise to a dangerous level.
Mahatma Ghandi said "A nation can be measured by the way it lesser ones are treated" do we want to be known/remembered as barbaric, cruel and sadistic cat owners, let's ponder what we do to our cats.
keenpetite
Southeast Arizona


May 01, 2012
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Declawing a cruel & sadistic practice !
by: Anonymous

That poor cat, she looks so dejected thru no fault of her own. Vets should be heavily fined/license revoked for MUTILATING/DEFORMING cats. Once a loving happy cat has been turned into a Jekyll & Hyde so & so. Reason she fights/bites, no natural deffense.
As mentioned before if we get a scratch from a cat, it will heal in a few days, but a bite will become seriously infected requiring a visit to dr & strong oral antibiotics & cream for bite site @ least 2 weeks. Very painful & complicated indeed.
I certainly wish people/vets would be wise enough to let a cat be a cat the way it was created with four claws. If you think I'm upset, you're right, I've been a cat lover/rescuer/helper for over 50 yrs. Reading about declawing makes my blood pressure & anger rise to a dangerous level.
Mahatma Ghandi said "A nation can be measured by the way it lesser ones are treated" do we want to be known/remembered as barbaric, cruel and sadistic cat owners, let's ponder what we do to our cats.
keenpetite
Southeast Arizona


Apr 29, 2012
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Poor Ginger
by: Ruth

Poor Ginger, another cats life ruined by an ignorant or uncaring person and her callous vet.
I'm with you Michael, I don't hate Americans but I do hate that declawing is allowed to happen in America and I don't care if anyone doesn't like us Brits going on about it as I'm afraid they will have to put up with that until they stop it happening there.
EVERYONE needs to know the truth about the cruelty of declawing and the devastating effect it has on cats and that despite what declaw vets say, it does NOT keep them in their homes.
I sympathise with Laura, a cat bite is seriously painful and anywhere on the hands it makes daily life difficult. I suspect poor Ginger has been physically punished before for biting and it will take a long time for her to realise she is now safe with people who will never hurt her or let anyone else hurt her either.
Elisa and Laura I admire very much the work you are doing to help so many cats, especially the declawed ones, you are 2 very special ladies!

Kattaddorra signature Ruth


Apr 29, 2012
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Sorry
by: Elisa

Sorry about the typos. I wrote this article using my cell phone and I'm all thumbs. So far my thumbs remain unbitten. Gingers still growling at me but otherwise seems comfy.


Apr 28, 2012
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Sad
by: Michael

She does look sad. I despair at declawing. But a lot of Americans probably don't like me going on about it all the time.

It seems to upset some Americans when a Brit argues against declawing.

I am not complaining about Americans. I am complaining and criticising the process of declawing.

If there is blame it must fall at the feet of the veterinarians. They could stop it tomorrow.

I am glad you rescued this sad cat. I think you and Laura will make her happy again.

Keep us posted please. Thanks for sharing.


2 thoughts on “My Rescue Cat With The Saddest Face”

  1. I was given a declawed Persian by the name of Cyrus by an elderly woman about 20 years ago. He was a sad little cat who trusted no one and never purred. I renamed him Snowball because he looked like a little ball of snow. He had been through quite a bit of abuse by the time I got him but this woman had no idea she abused the cat. She knew nothing about cats. Her daughter had given her the cat for her birthday and the first thing she did was have him declawed. He was very small. His long white hair made him look a lot bigger than he was. He weighed only eight pounds. He now had no defenses except his teeth and he was so small that his teeth did him no good. I had two other cats and they began to protect Snowball. Snowball desperately wanted to visit the outdoors even though he had access to a patio from the back of my apartment. I finally put a small leash on him and took him to the front for visits where he loved to roam about and eat grass. At night he began to sleep cuddled against me and after a couple of years he began to purr. He played with my other cats and he lived a happy life in the end until he died with squamous cell carcinoma in 2002. Both I and my other cats grieved deeply for him. Snowball never bit me in all the years I had him though at first he would try before he came to trust me.

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    • I enjoyed reading your comment. It was a bit like reading a short story and it is a very sweet little short story. I’m very pleased that Snowball met you and had a good life with you.

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