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My name is City the Kitty

I’m part manx and bengal with BIG polydactyl paws and a short tail. I’ve appeared on Animal Planet’s shows My Cat from Hell, 2010, (2nd season, Mad Max episode),  Bad Dog, 2011, and the KittenBowl 2015.

Together we can spread awareness that declawing cats should never be an option. Declawing is amputating the last bone of a cat’s paw and cutting through bone, tendons, skin and nerves. In a person, it is the same as amputating each finger at the last joint.

Declawing is one of the most painful and inhumane, routinely performed procedures in all of veterinary medicine, with many associated health risks and disabling consequences.

As for my personal life, well here it is in a nutshell. In 2009 I was out wandering the mean streets of the suburbs, when I was guided by some sort of divine intervention to this house with these girls who kept feeding me and giving me all the love I deserve. One of them started taking pictures of me, so I posed for her.  She obviously likes my style, because she hasn’t put the camera down.  I decided to stay since I’d been looking for a professional photographer to document my life and help make this world a better place in any way I can. And after all, she had just been laid off at her job as a photographer at the Latimes for 25 years, and she needed the work! 20,000 photos and videos later, here we are.

If you’re following me now, you’re family to me. I was made aware of the PawProject.org in 2014 and the cause to end the horrific procedure called declawing.  I was inspired by Dr Jennifer Conrad, the veterinarian who started the Paw Project and this important cause, and wanted to use my”fame” to give it my all and help end this inhumane thing.

I also want to someday help my local animal shelters and cat rescues and help cats and dogs find their forever homes.I have big things planned and with your help we can accomplish them, without a doubt!  So join me on this fun ride and be part of a bigger picture to help make our world a better place and be on the right side of cat history.

Love,

City the Kitty

Cease and Desist For Trying To Stop Cats From Being Harmed

” Please cease and desist calling my client. It is my understanding that you call every day. ” Wrong and a total lie! I wasn’t calling everyday. In fact, since March 20th, I tried to call once a week and then a couple times this week.
Their lawyer said in the email that I was, “harassing my client and such harassment is against the law.” He went on to tell me that if I persist in my, “telephone harassment”, then his client will “file complaints with local law enforcement, and the appropriate law enforcement agencies” where I live.
The phone messages that I left simply asked to call me back, said who I was, and that I wanted to talk about their declawing policy with the appropriate person who sets their pet policy. I never once left harassing phone messages or demanded anything.
Their lawyer also went on to say that they will, “also will file complaints with the FCC and seek to have you retrained from sending further e-mails.”

I Was Bullied For Not Declawing A 7 Year old Cat

Dear City, So my story goes like this… In 2015, I declined to perform a declaw on a 7 year old cat. The husband and wife wanted me to declaw their cat who they were afraid would jump into their newborn babies crib and scratch it.  She was still pregnant and they...

My vet, friends, and family started recommending that I look into getting them declawed

They also taught me that contrary to popular belief, cats CAN be trained to used appropriate scratching posts and that declawing is 100% unnecessary.

Lastly, and most importantly, they taught me that saving a couch, drapes, and carpet can never replace saving a life…..the life of a cat whose chances of making it out of a shelter alive drastically decreases if it doesn’t have claws on its paws.

CATurday Veterinary Heroes

I Was Bullied For Not Declawing A 7 Year old Cat

Dear City, So my story goes like this… In 2015, I declined to perform a declaw on a 7 year old cat. The husband and wife wanted me to declaw their cat who they were afraid would jump into their newborn babies crib and scratch it.  She was still pregnant and they...

It is time to make a change

My decision to stop doing this surgery now is that other veterinarians will hopefully follow the new position statement from CVMA and stop declawing cats. As fewer and fewer veterinarians perform this procedure there is less of a concern that clients will go somewhere else and less concern that the surgery is not being done properly with the appropriate pain control.

The demand for this procedure comes from the public, and veterinarians should not be the only ones at fault . Cat owners need to stop asking us to do this procedure and we need say no and provide alternatives.

Sunday Supporters and Spokescats

My vet, friends, and family started recommending that I look into getting them declawed

They also taught me that contrary to popular belief, cats CAN be trained to used appropriate scratching posts and that declawing is 100% unnecessary.

Lastly, and most importantly, they taught me that saving a couch, drapes, and carpet can never replace saving a life…..the life of a cat whose chances of making it out of a shelter alive drastically decreases if it doesn’t have claws on its paws.

Clairabelle, the declawed kitty who is suffering from her amputations

In 2015 I adopted a 5 year old calico that was front paw declawed. She was declawed with her spay surgery.
I was told that she is a pure breed straight ear Scottish fold.
I picked her up in a freak snowstorm at 4 am because her former owner was leaving on vacation and would be dropping her at the vet for euthanasia if I couldn’t get her that morning. They said she was having cat pan issues. I was certain I could help her and I fell in love with the pictures they sent me of her. I’m happy to say that we never had any pan issues.
She is getting older and I noticed that her right leg was sensitive sometimes after she would jump down off the furniture. Lately, she is limping most of the time. I can feel a pointed piece of what I think is bone in her sore toe.
She is a love bug but when she is hurting she will gently bite my hand while I’m checking her feet. I love her dearly and I know she was destined to be my baby for the remainder of her days

Two Declawed Cats, Zachary and Maximilian

A frequent justification for declawing is that the cat would otherwise be banished from the home and that the procedure is a small price to pay for the kitty to live out its life in a safe and nurturing environment.
Sounds good, but it’s complete BUNK! Anyone who would subject their cat to the pain, disfigurement, and lifetime of misery resulting from a declaw procedure would discard them without a second thought.

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