by Maggie Sharp
(Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
Chilli - the morning of the day that he died
This isn't my cat, obviously, though they go by the same name. I found this cat's story and thought that there was a certain aspect in which I would like to bring to your attention... See directly below.
This is what was mentioned about Chilli's legs and paws:
"Elizabeth pointed out that he had been de-clawed, and would be unable to defend himself." and "Chilli was at this time already an older cat (7-10 years we guess) and appeared to have been abused by a previous owner.
Both front legs appeared to have been broken and had set slightly off. Chilli's front paws rested at 45 degree angles to his body, and both legs had a certain odd angle to them when he sat."
Indeed horrific... I personally think it was the declawing that caused Chilli's paws to be like that, not the braking of his legs.
Here's the website: Chilli: A Memorial (new window). Look at Chilli's paws in the many pictures, you can tell that he's been declawed. Poor boy, still, I'm glad his life turned out well in the end...