thanks everyone for the information. i know it is wrong and i no longer do it 
to my animals, the last one i did was over 5 years ago and he has long sinced 
passed. I felt horrible once i had seen what they really do. Thanks for the 
reminding information. 


 From: Kathryn Hargreaves <>
Sent: Thursday, October 4, 2012 8:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Declaw

Also:   Technically, it's like getting your fingers 
cut off at the first knuckle, except that all that cats have for fingers are 
their claws.  So it's really like having all your entire fingers (and thumbs) 
cut off, so you can't pick up anything anymore---and also (even if you only 
declaw the front) all of your toes, so you can't walk without pain (including 
back pain).   

Watch this:

On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 3:45 AM, Lorrie <> wrote:

You declawed your cat?  I will send you some information about
>this.  It is NOT a good thing to do.
>People don't realize what's involved when a cat is declawed. They
>think it's just a "manicure", but it's actually amputation of the
>digit of each toe along with the nail.  It's a very serious and
>excruciatingly painful surgery to inflict on cats and kittens. It
>is in fact ten different amputations!
>Because some veterinarians advocate it, to make extra $$$, people
>believe that there are no risks involved and think it's merely a
>"simple procedure".  It is NOT.
>Veterinarians who perform this surgery do not tell people that this
>surgery can cause all or a combination of all the following........
>Personality changes, such as withdrawal, unpredictability & biting
>(they now feel helpless, as biting is their only means of defense).
>The most common problem with declawed cats is urinating and
>defecating outside of the litter box.  The reason is that it is
>extremely painful to step on litter after the surgery, and in many
>cases a cat will never use it's box again.
>Walk into any shelter and you'll see many declawed cats there who
>have been given up, due to one or more of the above reasons.
>Here's a perfect example:  We know of a couple who, when expecting a
>baby, had their two adult cats declawed; what they got instead, was
>far more dangerous to a baby than scratching - unpredictable and
>serious biting! They had no choice but to have their cats of 6
>years killed because no one in their right mind would adopt them.
>Cats need claws for many reasons........ During play her claws snag
>flying toys out of the air and hold them in place. A cat uses claws
>to scratch an itch, manipulate catnip mice, grip a narrow catwalk,
>hoist her body up to a high-up perch.  Most important of all, claws
>are lifesavers, enabling a cat to climb to safety or thwart an
>attacker if she should get outside by accident.
>All this and much more is lost when a cat is declawed.
>Unlike routine recoveries, including recovery from neutering
>surgeries, which are fairly peaceful, declawing surgery results in
>excruciating pain.  Cats huddle in the corner of the recovery cage,
>immobilized in a state of helplessness, overwhelmed with pain.
>Declawing is a major operation. The "patient" is first put under
>general anesthesia, as the pain would be torturous without it. A
>tourniquet is placed around the first paw to be declawed. The
>veterinarian then performs a series of ten amputations. Each
>amputation removes the claw and the bone into which it is firmly
>rooted. The supporting tendons and ligaments for each claw are
>severed. The surrounding soft tissue and flesh is cut off, and a
>veterinary technician bandages up kitty's paws to soak up the blood.
>Kitty is now declawed. The retractable claws that she would have used
>throughout her life for scratching, playing, walking, and self
>defense lie in a heap on the table, waiting to get thrown out
>with the trash.
>Declawing Sites
>www.     a powerful anti-declaw site.
> -- veterinarian Christianne Schelling describes
>declawing in plain English.
>Declawing has been banned in over 20 other countries. I think the
>only reason it's still done here is vets make a lot of money from it,
>plus people are uninformed about how cruel and painful it is.
>On 10-03, Joslin Potter wrote:
>>    You make a good point Natialie, When we took Zoey in to be fixed and
>>    declawed we didn't realize that in a few months when he was dx with
>>    FeLV that we would be seeing them a lot more often then planned, I also
>>    recommened them to everyone and sometimes get discounts for refering
>>    friends.
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