by Ruth (UK)
Introduction: Firstly, there are a huge number comments on this page. The comments are very much part of the page. Please read some of them. This page including the comments is almost 18,000 words! Secondly, both the poster and image below are on separate pages where there are no adverts because they are quite uncomfortable to see and advertisers can’t advertise on these sorts of pages.. The page was first published around 12 years ago. It remains very relevant today as declawing is sadly still rooted in American culture. There has been some major success such as the New York State ban. Please don’t declaw your cat. Find another way.
Thank you to the person who is allowing us to use these photos. This once happy healthy 6-month-old kitten’s life changed forever in just one day and he is now disabled because the person who he trusted the most betrayed his trust.
His human handed him over to be anesthetised and ‘declawed’ by one of the very people who having trained to care for animals and therefore must know the anatomy of a cat and how much a cat needs his claws, instead betray their patients and break their oath to cause no animal to suffer.
Declawing is not the right word for this surgery. The third phalanx, ungual process, ungual crest, flexor tendon, dorsal ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, flesh and fur of each toe are all severed and amputated leaving only stumps of bone covered by wounded flesh for the cat to walk on.
To put it simply, in reality it is the amputation of the cats last toe joints, which are the equivalent of our last finger joints. Here is the photo used in the poster, in large format showing the ten bloody, amputated third phalanxes:
Here is a poster by Ruth on declawing (please click on the link to see it – thanks):
The photographer’s identity has been deliberately kept confidential. The photo is copyright protected. Don’t breach copyright, please.
Vet staff said the kitten in the poster above was already scared to death before surgery and was completely freaked out when he woke up. They tried to soothe him but he growled at them and didn’t want to be touched. Who could blame him?
This pre-meditated abuse of cats happens every day in many vet offices in the USA and Canada because the doctors there would rather mutilate a cat and add more dollars to their bank accounts than stand up for what is right on behalf of their animal clients.
They justify declawing by the excuse that it saves cats homes and cats lives. This is untrue as is proved by the thousands of declawed cats regularly abandoned or relinquished to Rescue Shelters.
This needless cruelty has become accepted as ‘routine cat care’ because most people trust their vet and are not told that declawing is major surgery which can cause many mental and/or physical problems to the cat.
I think anyone looking at the close up of the amputated joint and seeing for themselves the extent of the healthy parts removed from cats for convenience sake, will agree that this cruel surgery must be stopped.
Before this photo was taken this cat was using these very claws to exercise, stretch, groom, grab toys, & rake litter. Then his human shoved him in his carrier and left him at his doctor’s office. It is interesting to note that the claws are trimmed.
Just hours later he woke up with his paws throbbing, bloody beneath bandages. Vet staff said this kitty was already scared to death before surgery, and was completely freaked out when he woke up. They tried to soothe him, but he growled at them and didn’t want to be touched. Then he spent last night all alone in his cage – just him and his newly mutilated fingers.
Had a cat been found on the streets with his body parts severed off, the person who did the crime would be convicted for animal cruelty. But because this needless cruelty is done by veterinarians, it’s become accepted as “routine cat care” in our society.
This is a true story and one that happens every day in many of our countries vet offices because these vets would rather mutilate a cat than stand up for what is right on behalf of their animal clients.
So it is up to us to EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE everyone we know about declawing and the many easy and effective ways to care for claws!