There are days that my mom and I feel like we just can’t keep going with this cause because of all the darkness and torture we see from cats being declawed.
Day after day, it is so draining and disheartening to hear stories about veterinarians who are supposed to be healing animals, yet are causing so much pain and suffering in cats by maiming them for their lifetime. It is truly numbing to realize that the majority of vets profit from such an inhumane procedure.
One of the things that gives us strength and resolve to keep going and fighting to protect cats from this inhumane procedure are notes like these from people who truly care about the welfare of animals.
Thank you to Wendy for this touching note. We won’t let your mom down.
Thank you Shirl for your amazing humanity and for being a compassionate cat owner who knows right from wrong. You give your cats unconditional love by keeping them truly happy and healthy with their claws and toes on their paws. We send you our love during these difficult times.
Dear City and family,
I just wanted to share this story.
My mom had to be put into a facility this week. She’s been a quadriplegic for 8 years and was recently in the ICU due to health problems.
We have been taking care of her at home prior to this but she needs constant medical attention now. I would love to say she has GOOD days and BAD days with her brain, recognizing us, etc but its literally down to just moments now.
Today is her 75th birthday – we celebrated with the usual kitty cards from us.
In a GOOD moment, she asked me if I knew who City the Kitty was.
Quite frankly I was surprised because she’s had NO access to internet for 8 yrs.
I told her yes and that I follow City on facebook. She had me show her.
For whatever reason, City was on her mind, even though she can’t remember her own cats.
I just wanted to thank YOU, for sharing City with us, if only for a moment in time, City’s mere existence made my mom happy today.
Mom said for me to tell you to never give up on your quest to end declawing.
AND as soon as the cognitive moment came, mom was gone again in fantasy delirium.
Again, thank you.
This is my mom, Shirl, with her favorite cat blanket.
Mom can’t smile anymore due to the strokes. I said, “SMILE MOM” and she replied “THIS IS MY SMILE.”
I’ve been saving this announcement for a special day like today.
My life will be changing soon and I’m going to be a big brother. I know that I might not get as much sleep as I’m used to but that’s ok.
I want to teach my brother and sister (yep twins) everything I’ve learned about love, life, and helping others. I know that they will grow up and love all animals and will treat them and other humans with respect and kindness.
I’m not going to give up with our important cause and fight to help end declawing because it is so important to me. next generation of cats is counting on us.
I won’t be able to devote as much time to it as I have, and that’s why we need YOUR help and support more than ever!
Together we can accomplish anything we put our hearts and minds to.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
I am so thankful and lucky to have so many caring friends and supporters. I feel so grateful to have a loving family with my two awesome moms and my sister, Ms Lulu La Roo. <3
City and family
Ps, I’m getting lots of books for them!
I received a nice note from a veterinarian in the UK.
Her cats, Indy and Flower
Firstly, a little background about me. Like so many others I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was growing up. I am proud of the fact that my very first word was “cat”.
My mother taught me that loving animals was not enough, practical caring was also necessary; to ensure that those animals we cared for and loved had all their needs met.
Seventeen years after graduating veterinary college I still consider it an honour and a privilege to be able to care for sick animals and to help those who love them to look after them to the best of their abilities.
I have always been enthusiastic about sharing any knowledge I gain, and have enjoyed continuing to learn after leaving college. Some clients may think I talk too much, but I just want to help them in every way possible. Growing up with cats has given me a particular passion for felines and a fascination with trying to understand their behaviour. I was lucky enough to spend time in Namibia and South Africa working with cheetahs and lions in genuine sanctuaries a few years ago.
Since graduating college I have worked only with companion animals (cats, dogs, rabbits and other small animals.
Every cat I have ever encountered has had all his or her claws. It was only a few years ago that I learned that in some countries declawing is commonplace. As I discovered more about what the surgery involved, and the consequences suffered by many cats, I began to feel ashamed of being a veterinarian. I consider it my job to help owners to provide the best care for their pets.
How can someone who is prepared to inflict potential lifelong suffering on an animal advocate for them?
I have immense admiration for those veterinarians who choose to stand up and refuse to perform declaw surgery. It must be very difficult when you are being pressured by your employer and your clients to perform a legal operation.
I am so glad that declawing is illegal in the UK, where I practice.
I currently live with four cats (and two dogs). They have plenty of scratching posts, mats etc and yet I have still had some furniture cosmetically altered by them. I live with this furniture, as I can’t replace it right now. I would love to live in a beautiful home that is forever spotless, but if it meant having no animals around me then there would be no joy in it.
I have had a cat run across my face in the middle of the night, leaving a lovely scratch across my cheek. He was scared, I healed.
There are many things I wish I could change about the world in which I live. I would like to see greater kindness and compassion shown to all living beings, and a better understanding of the natural world. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one (thanks John Lennon).
If I could have a small wish for 2017 it would be for all veterinarians to stop performing declaw surgeries, and to help their clients have a better understanding of feline behaviour.
To my colleagues around the world I just want to say the following: I see people beginning to dislike (hate is such a strong word) veterinarians, accusing them of just wanting the money.
Well, let us all show the world that we became vets because we love animals.
Yes, we need to make a living, but not at the expense of those animals we have vowed to help.
White whippet is Brian, with his best buddy Leo