Today I have some inspiring and very good news.
Last week I found this new facebook page, Apartments that require declawing in Indiana Facebook Page that was started by one of the awesome Paw Project veterinarians, Nicole Martell-Moran. (We need one of these facebook pages in EVERY state)
I saw a post on it that said a woman that lives in these apartments Rivers Edge Apartments, Noblesville, Indiana wanted to get a cat but they require declawing so she wasn’t going to get one.
So I had my mom send an inspiring note to one of the managers in charge of the company and she had information in it about declawing. She also informed him how after we reached out to 3 other huge property management companies last year and they realized the horrific facts about declawing, they took the declawing requirement out of their pet policies.
Today we received this note from this awesome manager from this company, Samaritan Companies.
I did receive your email and discussed it internally with the regional managers yesterday evening before we left for the day. We have come to the agreement that we are going to remove the declawing policy in our current Resident Policies. However, due to hardwood floors and trim, we will be increasing our Pet Deposit. I appreciate you reaching out to us and we are more than happy to accommodate our furry friends the way they are! We plan on having another internal meeting within the next week (most likely after Labor Day weekend) and will re-write the policies to become truly pet friendly across all 6,000 units across Indiana & Ohio.
I hope you have a great weekend!
IT Director / Regional Manager
My friends, usually when rational, compassionate people like this, learn the truth about declawing and how it is inhumane, cruel, painful, and mutilating, they do the right thing and don’t require a very inhumane requirement in their company pet policy.
Thank you for ALL of your help in raising awareness about declawing and inspiring people to not move into apartments that require declawing their cats and NOT declawing them PERIOD! Your efforts do make a big difference in protecting cats from this evil and barbaric procedure. Thank you.
Here are more property management companies that became truly “Pet Friendly” and took the declawing requirements out of their pet policies last year after we sent them a note about their declawing requirement and educated them about the facts about declawing.
Flaherty & Collins- 105 properties and 15,409 multifamily units in 12 states across the nation.
Here is the note we received from this awesome company.
Thank you for your follow-up! We have been reviewing the policies and have made this change to no longer require declawed cats at our properties. We thank you for the information and for reaching out to us. It may take some time before you notice these changes on our community websites, but we are in the process of making those updates.
Again, we appreciate your feedback and thanks for reaching out to us.
Marketing & Communications Director
Flaherty & Collins Properties
Steadfast Companies- Owns and/or operates more than 36,000 units in 23 states across the United States
Steadfast Facebook Page
IRET- 259 properties and 11,765 apartments
Maybe you can respectfully inspire them to do the right thing.
Here is the note that my mom sends to the property management companies
I’m the mom of City the Kitty, one of the most famous cats in the world, and I have received word from some of his followers about your requirement in your pet policy to have cats declawed. City’s number one cause is to end declawing in North America and educate people as to how cruel, horrific, and inhumane it is.
People want to move into your apartments and want to have cats but aren’t going to subject them to this unnecessary, painful, and cruel procedure.
I am not sure if you are aware that declawing, which is amputating the first toe bone along with the claw in a cat’s paw, causes a lifetime of some sort of pain and suffering and takes away parts of their body that are so important to their health and well being.
You don’t require dogs to be declawed and they cause a lot of damage with their nails sometimes. Why do you require this mutilating surgery for cats?
Why not just require a larger deposit on the off chance that the cat does cause damage? You also require renters insurance for the cat so why go to the extremes and require them to do such a cruel thing to their cats?
Declawing is banned in over 28 countries and considered unethical and not performed in most of the rest of the world because it is so barbaric and cruel. Veterinarians all over the world look at vets here in shame because they are violating their oath they took to help protect and heal animals. Declawing is the most painful and barbaric surgery in veterinary medicine. Performing a surgery to fix a behavioral issue went out with lobotomies. There are bills that are introduced in many states that will ban declawing if passed.
Declawing was started in the 50’s by a very unethical vet and it caught on but only in America (Canada also but not as much) Veterinarians make great money doing this inhumane thing to cats and that’s why it is so hard for us to end it in N America. It is a billion dollar business and cats are the sacrifice for their greed. Cat owners believe their unethical vets that declawing was ok for their cats and it was just something that they did. Now that we have the internet and people are educating themselves on the facts about declawing, thankfully more and more people are doing the right thing and not amputating their kitties’ toe bones and claws. But for some reason the Midwest is slower to this change and many cat owners have no concept about the facts about declawing.
Many vets are doing the right thing and not declawing cats anymore and we have lists of them on citythekitty.com, declaw.com, and pawproject.org
People that care about animals are leaving their vets that declaw and are taking their business to these ethical, no-declaw veterinarians who honor their oath to just heal and help animals.
The American Veterinary Medicine Association condemned declawing in exotic cats in 2013 because of what they say is the pain and suffering factor. They haven’t done the same for domestic cats because of the revenue that declawing generates for their veterinarians but the pain and suffering from declawing is the same for all cats, domestic or exotic. (some exotic cats are as small as 6 lbs by the way)
Most of these cats coming into your apartments already know how to use scratchers and have their nails trimmed so it is just very unnecessary and quite inhumane to require it in the first place.
It is actually illegal in California and Rhode Island for property management companies and landlords to require declawing in cats for renters. Soon more states will join in.
Also, I’m not sure if you are aware but cats that are declawed often stop using their litter boxes because of the pain, and urinate on carpets. That terrible smell is harder to get out of an apartment than replacing a rug. Many cats also develop aggressive behavior and biting problems because they have lost their first line of defense. A cat bite is 100 times more dangerous than a scratch. Also the cats usually have bone fragments left in their toe bones from the guillotine declaw method which causes a lot of pain and suffering too.
Please see that this is an amazing opportunity here to become truly “pet friendly” and a compassionate company and announce that you won’t require declawing.
In the last year I sent this same note to Flaherty and Collins with over 20,000 rental units and Steadfast Management Company with over 26,000 units, and IRET with thousands of apartments, and they announced that they are becoming truly pet friendly rental property companies and are taking the declaw requirement out of their pet policies. Will you please join them and do the same?
I would announce it to all of my followers and you will probably get more animal loving people renting your properties which means more business for you. Win win. Also you will be heroes to the world.
I’m hoping that you guys realize that the declaw requirement in your pet policy is asking for a lot of painful and unnecessary cruelty to be done to cats and you are perpetuating this very false idea that declawing is ok for a cat.
You can go to Citythekitty.com and read the stories I’ve done about declawing and the PawProject.org for more information about declawing.
Lori and City the Kitty
Photo from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine website of an Ellman Radio surgery unit being used to declaw a cat.
Here’s another BIG veterinary convention that is offering many CE courses that help the health and well being of animals. Unfortunately there is also a course that basically promotes radiosurgery as a cost effective way to do surgeries and included in the list of procedures is amputating cat’s toe bones and claws. I will let this Dr Mayo explain it to you personally Radio surgery by Dr Mayo
While any new instrument may help reduce pain associated with surgery, it will do nothing for the lifetime pain and trauma inflicted through amputating 10 – 20 toes.
We need veterinarians to wake up, and truly evaluate what they are doing by declawing cats. How can any veterinarian argue that amputations don’t cause pain and especially how they can believe that amputating every toe on an animal does not cause it harm.
Where are their lectures on scratching behavior issues, behavior training, counseling cat owners about declawing etc.
There aren’t any because that does not make veterinarians money.
As most of you know, the most common procedure that is done with a laser in a veterinary practice is a declaw. The laser units cost around $30,000-$40,000 and these radio surgery units cost around $15,000. Many vets who declaw cats don’t want to spend that much money for a laser so here is an option that many will feel is more affordable. These pro-declaw vets will be able to falsely promote their radiosurgery technique for declaws as more humane than the old school ways like all of the laser declaw vets do.
Today, this CE “Hands-on course” at the CVC Convention in Kansas City, is being taught by a veterinarian who is an expert at this radio technology for veterinary medical procedures. This man is a master of using his Ellman radio surgery unit to perform all kinds of healing surgeries on animals yet he also uses it to perform the most inhumane, cruel, painful, and mutilating surgery in veterinary medicine with it. He is a great salesman for Ellman to promote this radio surgery technology for a procedure that is banned or considered unethical and never performed by veterinarians in most of the rest of the world.
It is just quite disturbing that “doctors” of veterinary medicine, who took an oath to heal and help animals would use their HANDS to willingly and purposely mutilate, harm, torture, and inhumanely maim a cat.
We all can only hope that someday the veterinary profession in North America will only have continuing education courses that are ONLY about healing animals and not about options and methods on how to mutilate their paws for the sake of a sofa or piece of furniture.
In fact it appears that Dr Mayo teaches this course to many veterinarians at the big conventions. This one was at the 2015 NAVC Conference.
One of my FBI (Feline Bureau of Investigation) members reached out the veterinary practice of this instructor, Dr Jeff Mayo, to find out how he personally addresses declawing since he is primarily an orthopedic doctor. As we all know, it’s important for any animal or human being to have a healthy paw or foot to walk on.
My FBI member posed the questions as a first time cat owner who wanted to get their 6 month old and 1 yr old cats declawed and the younger one neutered.
The nice licensed technician on the phone said that normally a cat neuter is $200-250 and with a declaw it would be an additional $150. The reason the declaw is cheaper than the usual price of $300-350, is because you are pairing it with a neuter. (Yep, it’s the usual package deal that veterinarians offer as a declaw with a neuter/spay.)
Is the vet is skilled at the declaws? The licensed technician said, “Dr Mayo been a doctor for 22 yrs so he’s been doing them (declaws) since he’s been out of school and not a lot of doctors do them (declaws) these days.”
Asked how the declaws are done. The nice vet tech on the phone said that they use radiosurgery for the declaws and said that it is “essentially the same thing as laser surgery and that it cauterizes the blood vessels as they are removing them, reduces swelling, bleeding, pain and is a lot faster and easier on the pet.” Once they are removed, they use a laser afterwards to reduce inflammation.
Is it inhumane to declaw my cats? “It is a controversial procedure because basically it’s like removing the top part of our fingertips. So it is controversial so it’s something that if you want to do it, you might see a little bit of behavioral issues afterwards, the cat might be aggressive, might be sensitive to the touch around the toes, so it’s really something that we recommend you look in to and make sure you really want to do before we go ahead and do it.” (Why is it that vets who declaw always seem to say that declawing is “controversial?” It’s not controversial, it is wrong, and inhumane, and cruel, and painful, and mutilating, and barbaric, and the list goes on. And if you asked any vet to declaw your dog because it was ruining your floors and if you couldn’t you would take it to a shelter, 99.9% of the time the vet would say they would never declaw a dog and to get help with a behaviorist for your dogs issues)
But you guys do them so it must not be inhumane? “Not necessarily, honestly, we all have our own opinions on it, so it’s really also dependent on the clients situation, if they are going to lose their apartment or house because their cat still has claws then of course we are going to say ok we don’t want you to lose your pet , we will do this but you need to know exactly what you are getting in to.”
Will my cat be ok afterwards? “We haven’t examined your cat but normally they do just fine afterwards.”
So there you have it. Radio surgery, laser surgery, guillotine method, or scalpel. They are ALL inhumane and mutilating methods of amputating the toe bones and claws from a cat’s paw.
Here is an AAHA hospital where the owner/veterinarian touts how great the Ellman radio unit is for declaws (and other surgeries) Loving Kind Compassionate Vet Declaw with Ellman Radio surgery unit
My FBI (Feline Bureau of Investigation) team reached out to this hospital as a first time cat owner for a declaw price. The owner/veterinarian actually spoke to them herself.
Dr Taddeo, said this, ” It (front declaw) usually ranges from $850- $950. That includes the procedure, staying two nights, pain meds, the blocks, paid meds to go home as well as and pre-op blood work. We use an electro surgical unit which is very similar to a laser. It cauterizes and helps with pain as well as cuts. The mechanism of how you use it is a little different than laser, lasers you have to wear googles and be a little more precautionary. I use both of them, but I like this one better. I also recommend a CRI for pain and local block of their paws. I just did two Birman cats two days ago and they recover very well and don’t have pain in their paws.”
Dr Taddeo was asked if it was humane and ok to declaw a cat and if the cats would be ok afterwards. She said, “A lot of vets don’t do them (declaws) anymore so we just do them very humanely and ok in regards to making sure they aren’t painful. Usually they are walking the next day after I do it.”
Asked if the cats will be ok and not limping or anything like that. Dr Taddeo said, “Nope, it’s just like any orthopedic surgery, 2 weeks is just probably the most critical care that they need, they shouldn’t be running, jumping, or playing because they could jump and ooze a bit so you have to confine them. They also have the lampshade ecollar on for 2 weeks but after those two weeks they’re fine, normal, happy go lucky.”
Asked if it’s on to declaw the 1 yr old and 2 1/2 yr old cat. “Dr Taddeo said, “Yes they are ok. The younger they are, the faster they heal so we recommend doing it soon rather than when they are 4 or 5.”
Asked about the horror stories about declawing online. ” There are a lot of veterinarians that don’t do it at all anymore. I still do it because a lot of times I feel that if the pet is either going to be put down or gets to have a home and be declawed, then I would rather have it declawed and do it properly and make sure they aren’t painful.”
“First time cat owner” said they just want to do it so their cats don’t scratch the furniture. Dr Taddeo said, “Right and some cats do have issues with scratching and some cats don’t at all. It just kind of depends on the pet.”
“First time cat owner” asked that if their cats are healthy then they can get the declaw done? Dr Taddeo said, “yes, you come in for the pre-op exam and then on that day we set up the day of the surgery.”
This doctor didn’t suggest humane alternative ideas, didn’t ask if the cats were currently scratching the furniture, and no counseling about the facts that declawing is an amputation procedure and has risks to the health and well being of the cat. (AAHA is strongly opposed to declawing and yet doesn’t enforce or care if their hospitals do it as a first option or as a last option. They don’t want to lose the $1070 or more in membershipdues from these member vets.)
Here is a link explaining the difference between laser and radio surgery and declawing is mentioned in this story. Beyond Scalpels
Here’s a vet practice that promotes their radio surgery units for declawing Radio surgery for declaws
Another veterinary practice info on laser/radio surgery declawing. (This one says the healing time for radio surgery is long than the old school methods. They also list the benefits of declawing as this. “Most kittens that are declawed correctly with adequate pain control before and after the procedure generally act like nothing ever happened the next day. Your furniture is safe, and there is nothing sweeter than a paw placed on your cheek with no fear of being scratched when your cat is being affectionate.” All Feline Hospital Methods of declawing
Here is another sad example of the very dark side of the Veterinary Profession in North America, where this very inhumane, cruel, barbaric, mutilating, and unnecessary procedure, called declawing, is considered an acceptable and common solution to a natural cat behavior in the majority of veterinary practices. These amputations are going on behind closed doors in the majority of veterinary practices in America on a daily basis and mostly for the welfare of a piece of furniture.
A vet tech posted this on Instagram two days ago and said that the cat owner said if she can’t declaw the cat, she will take it to a shelter.
So the vet, who went to vet school for years to learn how to help and heal animals, decided he would comply with this cat owners wishes.
Do you know what would happen if you called any vet practice in America that declaws cats, and said that your dog is chewing all of your expensive shoes and you want your vet to pull all of its teeth or you will take it to a shelter or that your DOG was scratching all your new hardwood floors in your home and you wanted it declawed or you will take it to a shelter…
I’m confident that 99% of them will say that they won’t do either of those surgeries because it’s inhumane and wrong. They will tell you to go to a dog behaviorist or will give you advice on how to help with your dog’s issues.
Yet 2 million cats in America each year are put through this very inhumane and unnecessary torture by hands that were meant to heal. Enough is enough. Any vet that declaws cats is a shame to the veterinary profession. Period.
So many of these pro-declaw vets and vet techs are so disconnected and desensitized about declawing, that they don’t think there’s anything wrong with amputating the toe bones off a cat.
Yep folks…it’s all about greed and the lack of respect and compassion for cats and this is a fact.
Please find an ethical, humane vet that doesn’t declaw cats and take your business to them. Please help us end declawing in North America so that ALL cats will be able to live happy and healthy lives with their toe bones and claws.
And fyi, I had one of my FBI (Feline Bureau of Investigation) members reach out to THIS practice in Michigan and ask as a first time cat owner about getting a couple cats and their dog declawed.
They were happy to give you prices and tell you what day of the week you could bring in your cats for the amputation surgery. In fact they asked if you want 2 paws ($95) or 4 paws($140), no age limit, you can get special deal with a spay/neuter/declaw package and they do around 2 a day. They said there are no long term negative consequences except if your kitty is heavier it just takes longer to heal and you should use special litter called Yesterday’s News.
Also, my FBI team member also asked this practice about declawing their dog and the person on the phone put them on hold and asked the vet and they came back and said, “We can’t declaw a dog. Dog’s nails are different than cat nails and dogs nails have veins in the nails. Cats don’t have veins inside their nails.”
How YOU can you help end this inhumane procedure in America.
Call your own or other local veterinary clinics that declaw cats, as a new customer or first time cat owner, and ask about prices for declawing and say that you want to to know all the facts about declawing . Ask them about their method of declawing and if your cat will be ok after having it done. Ask them questions like, is declawing your cat ok for the health and well being of your cat. Ask them if there are any long term negative consequences to declawing. Ask them what kind of pain management they use and if their vets are skilled at declaws and how many do they do a month.
Check the laws about recording the phone conversation in your state and if it is legal then record your conversation with the practice about declawing. If you are in one of the eleven states that require the consent of every party to a phone call or conversation in order to make the recording lawful then you can just take good notes about what they said. These “two-party consent” laws have been adopted in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington. Save the recording and transcribe the notes and email them to me at email@example.com with the state and name of practice in the subject line. With your permission, this info will be used anonymously in a documentary and YouTube video for educational purposes.
Please be respectful and never threaten these unethical “doctors” and staff. We must take the high road even if they are torturing, maiming, and mutilating cats.
Remember the sad truth is that many veterinarians, drug companies (pain/anesthesia meds), laser companies, cat litter companies, radiosurgery companies (the latest fad in declawing techniques), medical instrument companies, and other businesses all profit from each cat toe that is amputated. Millions of cats are the sacrifice for this appalling and evil procedure that brings in BILLIONS of dollars. Any company that profits off it should be ashamed to make blood money from harming and mutilating cats and should at least help in some way to help end declawing by education and making the public aware about the facts about declawing.
Thank you to all of you who are helping our important cause and getting the word out about how declawing is inhumane and harmful for the welfare of all kitties.
Many cat owners are being deceived by their veterinarians about what declawing is, so your help is so very important.
Here is a note I received from a special cat mom about her kitties.
Hi there! I know you have a lot of conversations with a lot of people so i wouldn’t be offended if you don’t remember us having a “spirited” chat about declawing and the loss of my 17 year old love of my life, Sophie.
When i adopted my first cat, Sophie, I was young and perhaps materialistic and i thought declawing my new 1 year old cat seemed like a good idea. I asked the vet what was involved and if there could be any negative side effects. I honestly don’t recall it being explained to me as an amputation or mutilation of her paws and toes. I believed it to be a relatively harmless procedure that she would heal from quickly and be the same cat she was… just without any claws.
I brought her home and she was healed and back to her old self within 2 or 3 days. In hind sight… i think i made a huge mistake, since i now understand what declawing is. Sophie lived for 17 wonderful years and was an amazing companion who did not have litter box or biting issues and it’s only now that I realize how rare that is.
She acted like a completely normal and loving kitty but deep down I will never know if she had side effects or lasting pain and that will always haunt me.
I very much believe the saying “when you know better… you do better” so needless to say i will NEVER declaw another kitty, there are other alternatives.
———————- *** ————————-
Our chat was back in the spring some time. You were kind enough to educate me and forever change my views on declawing as i truly has no idea what the procedure really was. So…. I’m happy to introduce you to my 8 year old rescue I got this week named Bubbles … she was rescued by our local spca from a horrific hoarding situation and i fell in love with her the moment i met her she is the most loving and cuddly cat i’ve ever met!
Declawing her will NEVER be an option thanks to you and I found a great solution i think you will be proud of…. thanks again for helping me understand what declawing is and leave it in the past.
First class action lawsuit on behalf of declawed cats, against vets who lie or don’t fully disclose facts, fueled by Pro Bono Animal Advocate Team is pending!
Attention people, I have some very good news so please spread the word to your friends, families, and co-workers!
Please share this post and forward this link to anyone you know who was asked if they wanted to declaw their cats or who did declaw their cats.
An international group of Pro bono animal advocates is looking for people who had their cats declawed at VCA Hospitals, Banfield Hospitals, National Veterinary Assoc., Vetcor, any hospital chain, or even single private practitioners in the last 4 years and who want to participate in a class action lawsuit, based on the failure of these veterinarians to disclose the true facts, risks, and consequences of declawing and based on the inappropriate veterinary recommendation of declawing cats to protect human health.
Even if you think your cat doesn’t have any problems from the declaw, you still can join this class.
Please send the info to CatAtty@yahoo.com
For now, you can just email your state and the name of the big chain vet hospital (VCA, Banfield, etc) where your kitty was declawed. The pro bono animal advocates will reach out to you in November or sooner for more details.
Your information is confidential and will not be used without your permission.
If you have any questions please send an email to the address above or you can reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are all the details of what will be needed from you if you want to join this class.
In the email subject line please include this information:
Declawed cat: your state or province (Canada), your vet’s affiliations like AVMA, AAHA, AAFP, VCA, Banfield, etc.
(This information is usually readily available on the practice’s website or you can ask them and you can list all that apply).
In the body of the email, please include your name. (More information will be gathered if needed)
Include the cat’s name and birth date (approximate is fine). Your cat does not have to still be alive.
List the year the cat was declawed and the name and address and phone number of the declawing veterinarian.
If possible, it is highly recommended that you get your cat’s records from the vet before the vet realizes why you’re asking for the records. Ask for a copy of every page in the record including the surgery consent form that you signed.
This should be free and the vet should have to give them to you within a week of your asking.
Please add any comments about your experience at the hospital, including what the vet or the staff told you.
1. Were you informed before you paid for the declaw surgery that declawing was an amputation of your cat’s toe bones?
2. Were you told that it was just removing the nail?
3. Were you given the option for pain medications at an extra price?
4. What was the cost of the declaw?
5. Was another procedure like spay or neuter done at the same time? Was the declaw part of a “kitten package?”
6. Were you offered behavior consultation to try the multiple humane alternatives?
7. Did your vet talk you into declawing your cat?
8. Did your vet offer declawing at a discounted price because of a “special” or “coupon?”
9. Did your vet recommend declawing to protect your furnishings or the health of a person? Please describe this in the best detail you can.
10. Did your vet say that your cat will return to normal or be perfectly fine after the declaw heals up?
11. What method did your vet use to amputate the toes and claws? Guillotine method, laser, radiosurgery, or scalpel?
Thank you very much. They will be organizing the data and you will hear back from them via private email by mid July.