Videos of cats walking desperately needed, please help!

Videos of cats walking desperately needed, please help!

by Jean Hofve, DVM
(Denver, CO)

Hi everyone, I need your help! I need good-quality videos of cats walking, preferably from the side although any angle will still be helpful. I need both *normal* AND *declawed* cats. Cats walking on flat surface with good lighting preferred. Anywhere from moderate (a few feet) distance to close-up — all will help!

I would like to be able to visually demonstrate the difference in gait between cats with and without their whole paws. I know my friends across the pond will have lots of good video of normal, intact cats! 🙂

Please include information on the cat’s age, whether the cat is declawed or not, and if declawed, how long ago was the declawing done.

If possible, please post your videos to YouTube or other similar site and send the link either here or post it to Little Big Cat’s Facebook page. If you want to just send video to me please send me a message via my personal Facebook page and we can make those arrangements. Thanks!

Dr. Jean
Jean Hofve, DVM

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May 17, 2011 Thanks OJ
by: Ruth

Thanks OJ, we always have fun with our boyz, keeps us all young !
Our garden and us also are a bit of a mess on the video as we were on with rearranging it and laying slabs etc, hoping it stays fine long enough to paint them next.
I hope Jean gets lots more videos.

May 16, 2011 Cats enjoying life
by: OJ

Ruth and Barbara I did so enjoy your video!
How lovely to see happy cats running free and playing and full of confidence.
It breaks my heart to see cats with harnesses and leashes,there is so much they miss out on.

May 16, 2011 To auntie Leah
by: Walt and Jo

Auntie Jean needs healthy clawed cats too and that’s why we did a video as our mammies said we’d be film stars if we agreed.

May 15, 2011 Good luck
by: Leah (England)

I havent any videos because as you know we don’t declaw in England but I just wanted to wish you the best of luck.

May 15, 2011 Video
by: Michael

Here is a link to a page of Cocoa (declawed all 4 paws) and Mr Tom (got all his claws):

Cats Need Claws to Walk

If you click on the YouTube logo it takes you to YouTube where you can share it (get the embed code).

I think the major difference is that Cocoa is frightened. He has no confidence. This may be due to the declawing and detoothing. Elisa thinks his paws hurt too on the ground outdoors.

May 15, 2011 ps
by: Ruth

Walter will be 10 in July and Jozef will be 10 in August.

May 15, 2011 Our boyz walking ,running and playing
by: Ruth and Barbara

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May 15, 2011 Good one
by: Michael

I think Elisa has a good video for you that compares a declawed and detoothed cat walking with a normal cat walking! Coming tomorrow, I hope.

May 15, 2011 Cocoa walking outside
by: Elisa

Hope this helps.

May 15, 2011 My video
by: Maggie

Jean, my facebook isn’t working too well, it’s being very slow and is almost impossible to use. I hope it’s okay for me to post my link here!

I made this video today when I took Chilli out for a walk with Mae. I took it on my iPhone, so it’s not fantastic quality, and I haven’t edited out non-walking bits.

I also took some claw photos, you’re more than welcome to have them if they help. 🙂

May 14, 2011 PT who might help
by: Ruth (Monty’s Mom)

I’m only physical therapist assistant, but I know some awesome PTs. I will try to find someone who would be willing to collaborate with you. No promises, but I will try! Maybe if we had a start he/she would help us to improve upon our analysis. My husband tells me I can shoot video and slow it down in a video editing program we have. I will friend you on FB and share what I come up with, which will be rudimentary at best. Sometimes getting a start is good and greater minds can build upon it.

May 14, 2011 Thanks!
by: Jean Hofve DVM

See Michael, this is why I posted here first! So many awesome people! 🙂

There is no deadline, but only the person who shot the video (and consequently owns the copyright) should post them. We have several videos of Feather from his mom already. 🙂

For non-declawed cats, I also need its age; to keep vets from saying “oh that’s just arthritis that all cats get.” So video of normal, older cats will be helpful!

Please post links on my Facebook page:

I have tried to find a physical therapist to help with gait analysis, without success. I’m still trying!

May 14, 2011 Video
by: Ruth (Monty’s Mom)

I found a video on Facebook posted by “Declawing CrippledmyPaws” which shows an elderly declawed cat walking. The cat’s name is Feather. His gait is obviously abnormal– a very antalgic gait. He’s very arthritic. Unfortunately, without a careful analysis of the subtle gait changes which produced his arthritis, some vets will still deny the link between declawing and arthritis in this older cat.

May 13, 2011 Glad someone is doing this
by: Ruth (Monty’s Mom)

I have been thinking for a long time that someone should do what you are going to do– analyze cat gait and determine the exact effects of declawing on how a cat walks. I’ve been wanting to do it myself, but I’m not sure I have the patience or the time, or frankly, the brains.

We say that there must be changes to a cat’s gait post declawing, but the vets just deny it. How do we argue with them? We can’t unless we have done a careful and thorough analysis of cat gait.

I think cat gait should be divided into phases in the same way human gait is studied. There are different terms for these, covering both the stance leg and the swing leg. I’m trying to recall all of them without looking it up.

Ugh, had to go look them up: Stance phase, which includes heel strike, foot flat, mid-stance, heel off, toe off (or push off) which can also be considered pre-swing, a period of double limb support. Swing phase includes initial swing (acceleration), mid-swing and terminal swing (where the hamstrings decelerate the leg.) I had to memorize all of these with explanations of what was happening with each leg including joint angles and muscle activation. It’ enough to make your head spin.

Any analysis of cat gait needs to be as thorough, broken down into phases with an analysis of joint angles and muscle group activation, and for the cat, exactly what structures are bearing weight in the foot during each phase. This is made all the more complicated because the cat has four legs. This is why, though I have dreamed of doing this, I never dug into it. Just thinking about what therapists went through to thoroughly analyze human gait makes my eyes glaze over.

I wish you the best of luck with this. This is important, ground breaking work which as far as I have been able to find, no one else has done. I can appreciate how this will not be an easy project, but the results could be very powerful in proving that cats NEED their claws.

May 12, 2011 Cocoa
by: Elisa

My Cocoa is declawed on all 4 paws and toothless. DOn’t know what kind of hell he went thru. My daughter ordered a harness for the cats so I’ll take Cocoa outside and film him when it comes in the next day or so. I’ll upload it to Furby’s Halfway House on YouTube and post the link here when its ready

May 12, 2011 Deadline
by: Cynthia

When do you need these by? I adopted a persian from a rescue that is declawed in the front and back. (a real sicko did that!) Ill have to work on finding a way to video her.

May 12, 2011 Videos
by: Maggie

Tomorrow I’ll get videos on my iPhone of both my Aby and my Tabby walking. The quality won’t be spectacular, but it should be good. Both cats are clawed. I’ll put the videos on YouTube, and share the links here.

I can also get good photos of claws and paws, if you would ever like some. 🙂

May 12, 2011 We will try to help
by: Ruth

We don’t actually have any videos but will do our utmost to get one of our cats to demonstrate the walk of a perfectly healthy cat with claws. Jozef might even also demonstrate how he uses his fat boy scratching post if we are quick enough to catch that.
It’s a great idea Jean.

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May 11, 2011 Video
by: Jessica

I just recently took a video of our clinic cat, Feather. I’ll send it…it’s bad 🙁

May 11, 2011 Declawed cat..
by: Cheryl

We’ve got a cat at my shelter that was declawed and has a bad limp. I’ll try to get a video.

May 11, 2011 Put the word out
by: Michael

Hi Jean, I’ll put the word out to see what turns up. Good luck on this.

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