Did your vet recommend it?  

I know that Bainfield Health, the veterinary Group with Petsmart, has a
"package deal" on kitten health (DUH), that includes declawing!  I wrote to
them and got a really stupid letter back - I will post it sometime - just


From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of
Joslin Potter
Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2012 9:13 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Declaw

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 <khargrea...@gmail.com>
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Sent: Thursday, October 4, 2012 8:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Declaw

Also: http:// <http://www.pawproject.org/> www.pawproject.org/
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:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NQOzwj41Pc

On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 3:45 AM, Lorrie <felineres...@frontier.com> 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. stopdeclaw.com <http://stopdeclaw.com/>      a powerful anti-declaw

http://www.declawing.com/ -- 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.


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