Today I am thankful for being able to take care of two new cats (and a dog!)
So this is a part introduction/thankful thursday.
Meet Harley. He’s a 12 year old service dog – he specializes in seizure alerts. He’s a lab and takes his job very seriously but when he is at home he is mostly cat as he loves to lay in sunspots.
Meet Miss Aura. She’s 6 and just got up to date on her shots as of last week. She’s believed to be a Siamese/tabby mix. She’s very talkative and when she first came to the house she hissed at everything. Now she’s coming up on the bed wanting pets. She is front declawed (which I am highly against).
Meet Buttercup (aka Butters). She’s also 6 and just got up to day on her shots and received a “spa” treatment due to some mats in her beautiful long fur. She is very timid cat and I’ve just recently had the wonderful experience of her coming to me for pets. She is also front declawed.
Now to my thankfulness, I am very thankful to have them under my watchful eyes as many of you know I simply adore my cats and they are more family than just pet. So I’ve spend plenty of time reassuring them that they are safe with me (there’s been some abuse in their past simply for being cat/dog) and will never go without care/love/food/shelter.
I will be keeping a close eye on the girls since they are front declawed, I’ve never had a declawed cat under my care before but I will be watching for limping or favoring their paws. Apparently the surgery was done when they were young and have had no complications since, but believe me it made me cringe to not only say it to the vets twice (they went to different vets as one could do the grooming and the other couldn’t) but to even think about what these poor girls went through during it.
I was of course worried about them holding their own against my cats, who have all their claws, but they seem to be doing well.
I am also thankful that having these additional pets under my care brought to light another issues I’m passionate about and that’s the anti-declawing campaign.
Declawing is a cruel and inhumane way to spare the cat owner’s furniture and to leave them defenseless if they ever get out of the house.
If you are interested in learning more about the cruelty of declawing please visit The Paw Project also please visit City the Kitty he’s a wonderful spokescat for anti-declawing.
Author’s Note: I discovered City the Kitty on Instagram and found his facebook page.. not only is an outdoor cat turned indoor but he is a spokescat for the anti-declaw movement. Please follow him and spread the word that declawing is inhumane. Please visit him on his facebook page – City the Kitty , read his bio on his page – City the Kitty (Official) .
Many thanks to his mom Lori for letting me bug her with questions and letting me use pictures with permission. =^..^=
How old are you City?
6 yrs old
Was it hard adjusting to the indoor life?
Yes, but my mom takes me out on daily walks. I get to chase grasshoppers and lizards, stalk birds and just enjoy the outdoors.
Since you’re a polydactyl, do you find it easier to grip things?
I don’t even notice my thumbs since it’s how I was born. They sometimes get in the way when I try to reach in things but mostly they come in handy cleaning myself and catching my feather toys.
I read you like to model, do you have any tips for other cats or humans trying to take great pictures of their cats?
Well, it takes a lot of patience since I know kitties don’t like to sit still for very long unless we are napping. Get in close and use a high shutter speed to stop the action. Light is important so look for your kitty in good light.
How long did it take for your to adjust to being on a leash when you go outside?
It took me about a day. I realized that when the leash came out, it meant I got to go out. So I embraced it and started my new adventure.
What is the best position to drink from the sink?
The best is when my mom cups her hands, lets the water from the faucet fall into them and then I drink away. She says I’m spoiled. Sometimes if she’s in a hurry she turns the faucet on low and I tilt my head to the side and drink. I also have 3 bowls of water in the house in case I want to drink from those too. Drinking water is very important for a cat especially one like me who is so very active.
Are you able to balance just as well as cats with long tails?
I think I can balance better since my thumbs make up for my tail.
When did you get involved with the Paw Project and helping spread the word that declawing is cruel?
It started a little less than a year ago when I started hearing about the Paw Project on social media and also from some of my followers like Cassandra.
What suggestions to you have in lieu of declawing?
Lots of different kinds of scratchers and trimming a cat’s nails are the best things. Cat owners can simply take the time to train their kittens and cats to use the scratchers. There are many other options as well, such as clear, sticky strips to apply to the furniture, and other deterrents, as well as a multitude of climbing trees, mats, and other distractions that will protect your possessions. Adequate exercise, especially interactive play sessions, will also help channel the cat’s energy. For aggressive scratching, conscientious nail-trimming or soft vinyl caps for the claws, soft paws, are a good beginning.
What types of complications can cats have due to declawing?
Many cats who have been declawed stop using their litter boxes because of the pain and tend to bite more often because they have lost their primary defense. Pain is a huge factor both short and long term. Many cats are relinquished to shelters because of these issues.
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.
Is there anything your or your girl would like to share? Education is the key in ending declawing. What I’ve found is that many cat owners who declawed their kitties didn’t know that it involved amputating the cat’s toe bones along with the claws. Their veterinarians didn’t tell them how bad it was for the cat. My cause is to help the Paw Project to end declawing in North America like it is in 28 other countries. Anyone interested in joining this important cause, can go to the PawProject.org website and follow me and the Paw Project on our social media sites. It’s such an important part of feline history, so join us and be a part of it! 🙂
Author’s Note: I wanted to thank Miss Donna Drury for her patience and letting me borrow the images of her pictures for the article (they were used with permission). This is a correction of the original article as it posted without edits and pictures.
Please check out her beautiful work on the following pages:
My name is Donna Drury, I have two declawed cats who have health problems. I will let my Cassandra tell her story below. I am an artist and I paint her dreams, she needs beauty in her life after what was cruelly and brutally done to against her will.
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).
Well, I have an ETSY for prints, and I started to paint when I was a child, I used to paint flat rocks with sea scenes on them, and did a lot of paint by number. I grew up near the sea, and it was very inspiring. I did not paint again until about the time my Cassandra cat arrived, nine years ago. I raised a family before that. My mother made sure I always had paint and rocks, everyone wanted one. We would go to the beach and pick out rocks. I did enjoy painting them. I also sew quilts and make soap and woodwork. I cut my own boards for painting. I give my Cassandra cat a lot of credit for the inspirations for my paintings, she gives me the ideas through intuition. The prints here are all 8″x10″. I need to paint more paintings, and then eventually offer prints and paintings. https://www.etsy.com/shop/UntoldCatDreams?ref=si_shop
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.