Declawing is considered one of the most painful, routinely-performed surgeries in all of veterinary medicine and yet 30% or more of veterinarians don’t provide any pain medication whatsoever to their declaw patients. Another study showed that declawed cats were still in pain from the surgery at the end of the study, which was 12 days after the operation! Declawed cats can have joint pain, arthritis, lameness, abscesses, and paw pad atrophy which can occur after surgery. In some cases where the veterinarian left part of the bone in the toe, the claw can begin to grow again. However, the claw grows abnormally under the skin and might eventually bust through the skin on top of the paw. In one report that studied cats for only five months after surgery, about 25% of cats developed complications from both declaw and tenectomy surgeries.
I wanted to try to put a list together of the things that people should consider before committing to a pet. This covers canines/felines/birds/fish & pocket pets (guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, etc).
I broke it down to 6 catergories: Type, Bug, Room, Funds, Time & Commitment
Type: First and foremost think of the type of pet you want… canine, feline, bird, fish, guinea pig, hamster, mouse, rat, sugar glider, rabbit, ferret, gerbil, lizard, snake, spider, etc. There are many different breeds/species of the above listed pets so you may want to do some research on that.
Bug: Bug the heck out of friends and family – they are going to be the most honest with you about the pros and cons of being a pet parent. Ask about the amount of time they spend with him/her – grooming, feeding, exercise, vet care, training, etc. Obviously some pets don’t need training, but if they do ask how long it took.
Room: Make sure to consider if you have enough room for them, such that kitten/puppy is cute now, but will they have enough room when they get bigger? There are of course pets that don’t get bigger such as guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, rabbits & ferrets will you have a big enough cage for them to be able to get around? What about taking them outside in a run? If you rent, what is the pet policy? A lot of apartment complexs/houses have management companies that have restrictions on the type of pet, limit to how many, require pet rent and/or a deposit.
Funds: Next is funds, do you have the money to buy their supplies such as the initial set up for a cage for a small pet, food/water dishes, toys, collar/leash, etc? What about getting food on a regular basis? Training (if needed)?
Time: Time do you honestly have the time to commit to a pet? Are you often working long hours? Going on trips? Or are you a homebody?
Commitment: The final thing to consider is are you able to make the commitment to a pet. If your living situation changed are you honestly going to take them with you? Because having a pet is like having a child, you’re their protection, provider of food/shelter & love.
A few other things worth mentioning:
Please, please adopt. There are many shelters that are overflowing with pets.. so if you adopt one you are making a difference for that pet.
Black cats are least likely to be adopted because of superstition, they are really wonderful cats so if you are looking please consider taking a black cat.
Consider taking a blind, deaf, three legged, FIV+, or otherwise “different” pet. They may seem like extra work (and sometimes they are) but they have so much love to give.
Elderly pets need homes too!
And that’s it! Let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂
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MY PINTEREST DECLAW BOARD
My name is Cassandra Cat, I have been front declawed nine years ago. My previous owners dumped me into the woods because I started to bite them. My paws have nerve damage and are always numb. I shake them all the time. I wake up from my naps because I hiss and growl in my sleep. I have nightmares all the time, flashbacks of my declawing. A veterinarian who does not declaw cannot examine my paws unless they medicate me, I may have bone fragments in my paws from a botched declaw. The veterinarian said she did not want to put me through medication, X-rays, possible correction surgery because it would traumatize me further. She used to declaw many years ago and stopped. I take herbal medications daily for my mental instability and pain. I will never forget laying on the operating table while each of my toes were being amputated. I heard the snap, and saw my claws on the table next to me. It was the most horrible experience, I cried and cried and no one heard me. I bite my new owner, she cannot pet me. I am extremely heartbroken humans have done this to me. I cannot knead, climb, hunt, and I never purr. Declawing is a major orthopedic operation, it is amputation of the leg bone.
My new sister, Cameo Cat, is also front declawed. Her owners did not want her anymore because she started to develop skin issues, her immune system was compromised with her declaw. She had an infection for months. Her previous owners could not afford the vet bills, so they brought her back to the shelter. She also has ‘horns’ growing from her paws, they are scurs (growth of deformed claw segments).We are fighting hard to make declawing illegal. The Paw Project is our best friend, they are working very hard to educate people regarding the absolute horrors of declawing. Declawing should never have been legal, never. I, Cassandra Cat, will cut through the red tape that is keeping declawing legal with the same surgical instrument that amputated my leg bones. This is a promise.
Please visit The Paw Project FaceBook page and please use a veterinarian who does not declaw cats. If you have dogs only, still do this. Do you want hands that mutilate healthy cats touching your pets? Pets know, they sense what veterinarians are doing, they know. They only want your money and could care less when your cat develops the following…also, all cats hide their pain very well. If she does not look like she is in pain, she is. Amputations have side effects. If you feel your cat is in pain, you may want to have her paws x-rayed to see if there are bone fragments.
MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS FROM THE PAW PROJECT
Reported medical complications after a declaw can include: pain, hemorrhage, laceration of paw pads, swelling, reluctance to bear weight on affected limb, neuropraxia (transient motor paralysis), radial nerve damage, lameness, infection, abscess, tissue necrosis, wound dehiscence, incomplete healing, protrusion of 2nd (middle toe bone) phalanx, claw regrowth, scurs (growth of deformed claw segments), retention of flexor process of third phalanx, chronic draining tracts, self-mutilation, dermatitis, lethargy, palmigrade stance (walking on wrists), chronic intermittent lameness, chronic pain syndrome, flexor tendon contracture, and cystitis (stress-associated bladder inflammation).
My Artist FaceBook page. I have been trying to get more paintings done, but, my main focus is to get the word out to everyone regarding declawing. Veterinarians will not explain what declawing is, they offer coupons also, and they sometimes declaw the wrong cat. I have read many stories of vet techs who quit because they cannot stand to hear the cats screaming for hours when they wake up.
How did your mom convince you to move into the house?
Do you venture outside still?
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Vinny & his mom for answering the questions and letting me interview him. You can visit him on his facebook page
Pictures used with permission.
How old are you?
I am 2 1/2 years old.
Where did your name come from?
My mommy named me after her favoritest horror movie director, Dario Argento.
How did you come to your forever home?
Mommy and daddy always wanted a sphynx kitty. They thought we were such neat cats. They found a breeder 2 hours away, and drove to come and get me!
You have some great clothes, what piece(s) are your favorite?
I love wearing clothes cuz it keeps me all cozy. My favorites outfit is my red hoodie that says “I Bite”. Mol.
Do you wear clothes all the time?
I wear clothes most the times. But at night I just likes to snuggle with my blankies.
Who is your favorite furry sibling?
My favoritest fur family member is my brudder Lou. He is a big fluffy orange kitty, and I loves to cuddle with his soft fur. We likes to chase each other around the house and drive mommy and daddy crazy.
There are a lot of pictures of you sleeping, what is your favorite spot?
Sleeping is my hobby. Mol. I thinks my favoritest place to sleep is under the blankies in bed with mommy and daddy. It’s so toasty! I also like my tall cat tower. It’s next to the window so I can lay in the warm sun shines and watch birdies.
Do you require extra care since you are furless?
Since I’m a nakie kitty, I do needs more care. I have to have a bath once a week and get my ears and nails cleaned out. If I dont, I get really dirty and leave oil marks everywhere. Oops!
What would you or your mom like to tell people about sphynx cats they may not know?
I would likes people to know that us sphynx kitties are very sweet and loyal. We loves cuddling and have such a happy temperament. We may look a little strange to some peoples, but we are great companions. My mommy likes to describe our personalities as a cross between a monkey, a toddler, and a puppy. Mol. She might be right. =^.^=
Purrs and headbutts!
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Argento and his mom for answering the questions.Pictures were used with permission.
If you would like to follow his adventures please follow him on Facebook at Argento the Sphynx
This article is apart of the Extra Love Needed Theme.