Tractor is a 14-year-old polydactyl cat. He has a sweet personality despite the fact that a veterinarian butchered his toes when he declawed him.
We do not know the name of his previous owners and neither do we have the name of the veterinarian who carried out the declawing operation. Tractor has been adopted into a new family from the Alaska Humane Society and he is now loved and cared for properly we are told.
The key to the future happiness of this sweet male cat is to make sure that he is not in any pain because of the declawing operation. Many people by now know that veterinarians sometimes carry out the declawing operation carelessly and too quickly leaving shards of bone inside the paw causing chronic pain or claw regrowth under the skin. There are veterinarians who carry out reconstructive surgery when this happens.
This story was posted on Alaska’s KAAAT Facebook webpage.
It is the first time that I’ve seen the declawed toes of a polydactyl cat and the photographs, I think you will agree, are horrendous. To think that a qualified veterinarian who is under an oath to never do anything against the welfare and health of an animal could did this. It makes me want to weep and scream and scratch my head to figure out how it could happen. We know money is at the heart of the problem but where is the regulation of these veterinarian? If their association had teeth and ethics they would uphold the ethics of their veterinarian members and ensure that their oath was complied with. They do not. The system fails and to an outsider it is a shocking state of affairs.