Typical cases of the damage caused by declawing cats

Examples from The Paw Project

Neptune

Declawing is Mutilation, Neptune's Story

This is Neptune from the Southside Animal Shelter in Indianapolis.
She was declawed on all four feet and recently relinquished for not using her litter box.
Our friends at the shelter knew she must be dealing with pain somewhere so they paid a visit
to Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Cat Care Clinic for a paw evaluation.

She exhibited signs of back pain when examined and Xrays showed bone fragments in all 18 toes!
New nail was starting to grow under the skin and she was attempting to walk with more weight off
of her toes than normal (palmigrade: pic below).
She received surgery to remove all the fragments and hopefully offer her some relief.




Steve

Declawing is Mutilation, Neptune's Story

This is Steve from the Johnson County (Indiana) Animal Shelter.
He was taken to see Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran (Paw Project IN State Director) at the Cat Care Clinic of Indianapolis
for a paw evaluation because he was relinquished to the the shelter for not using the litter box.
The staff also noticed him holding up one paw frequently.

After examination and Xrays large bone fragments were found.
Once the fur was shaved away from his toes an open sore was also found where the sharp bone left behind was poking through.
Thanks to the Paw Project he received corrective surgery today and is resting comfortably.




Moana

Declawing is Mutilation, Neptune's Story

This is the super sweet and cuddly Moana.
She is 1 and 1/2 years old and declawed on all four feet.
She was recently relinquished to the Hamilton County Humane Society.
She was part of a group of kitties brought to see Dr. Nicole Martell-Moran at the Cat Care Clinic of Indianapolis to be evaluated for pain.
She already suffers from back pain and the Xrays showed bone fragments in one of her back feet.
The ligaments in her wrist joints are already affected causing a "palmigrade" stance (walking on her wrist joints)
and she has tendon contracture in one of her front feet.

Thanks to the Paw Project she received paw surgery and a long-term pain management protocol.



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