It Still Haunts Me

It Still Haunts Me

I received this sad note from a supporter. In honor of this little kitty named Magic, please go to my website, and sign up on my mailing list so you can be a City the Kitty Crusader and help me end declawing once and for all. Around 5000 cat a day have their toe bones and claws amputated by very unethical and inhumane declawing vets. It is shocking that around 80% of vets in America mutilate cats and kittens by doing this barbaric and unnecessary procedure.

I worked as a manager at a shelter and while I was there we had a special kitten come in. We named him Magic.

He was an orange and white splotched kitty with a huge personality matched only by his massive purr. A love bug to everyone who came in and playful. He tolerated having ears and tail tugged by special needs children that came to visit and would purr and snuggle despite it all. He understood they just didn’t understand and that they just wanted love the same as he did. He was the heart of the shelter and the staff and we all had a special place for Magic.

He was to be adopted for a little boy who was having a birthday and we were thrilled that Magic would get to grow up with this child.

Until the mother declared that she wanted him declawed.

We tried in vain to talk to her about Kitty Soft Paws and similar products, advise of the problems of declawing, and give her all the details. She wouldn’t hear it.

We tried to get her to go with the vet we used and she wouldn’t hear it. So we told her that the shelter would pay for the neuter but she would carry the financial obligation of the declawing. She said that was fine.

The day he was to be neutered I took him in with an extra thick blanket in the carrier and dropped him off. When I picked him up, he didn’t have the blanket and he was trying to sit up in the carrier with his front legs curled in tight against his chest. He was crying and the bandages around his paws were soaked in blood.

It broke my heart as they handed me the carrier and his paperwork. I asked for his pain pills, standard with our vet when they are spayed/neutered and especially with a declaw.

I was informed he didn’t have any. Asked if they had given him a pain patch and, again, no.

My heart broke.

They hadn’t given him anything for pain at all and he was crying wanting me, his caretaker, to make it stop.

Sobbing, I drove straight to our vet, and before I could even finish explaining they whisked him into a room and gave him a shot, shaved a part of his side and gave him a patch. When we got back to the shelter we layered his entire kennel with knitted yarn blankets, soft and spongy to help with the hard bottom of the cage, and sat there holding him.

There wasn’t a single staff member that wasn’t outraged and heart broken. Not only for his treatment but this was our Magic. It took him two full days before he would try to walk with his front feet down.

After that we informed the public that we would no longer schedule their declaws and we would not hold them while they healed from the treatment.

It was cruel and to watch our baby have no idea why he hurt and cry tore our hearts to shreds. I don’t know what became of him, I hope he’s doing well. But anyone who thinks declawing is as simple as clipping your nails needs to watch a baby who has only known cuddles and playtime suffer through it.

There were a lot of cats that had this happen to them after adoption, but Magic stood out because of his personality and his young age.

He was barely old enough to be neutered but to have his claws taken out as well (all 4 paws).  And then to see him trying to stand on his back legs (basically sitting back to take pressure off his back toes) and hugging his front legs to him.

And then to try to walk that way to crawl into a lap of a human to make him feel better. It was like watching a toddler who’s been abused by humans turn around and then beg for love and for them to make it all better.

It still haunts me.

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“I feel like I have failed you”

“I feel like I have failed you”

July 12, 2017

I received this sad note from an awesome woman who really cares about the welfare of cats. It’s really sad that this cat cruelty and abuse is happening in around 80% of veterinary practices in America. It’s hard to believe that all those declawing vets took an oath to EASE the suffering in animals yet are causing it by amputating the toe bones and claws in around 5000 cats a DAY in America.

Emily didn’t fail.

All the declawing vets are the ones who have failed. They aren’t honoring the noble mission of their profession and that is to heal and help all animals. WE shouldn’t have to be fighting so hard to end this inhumane, harmful, and cruel procedure. The veterinary associations should be doing everything they can to end declawing but they are doing everything they can to keep it alive and well in vet clinics and are stopping our anti-declawing bills so their vets can keep mutilating and harming cats by declawing them.

The veterinary organizations like American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) should stop allowing declawing at their “Cat Friendly” practices. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) should NOT allow declawing at their “Standard of Excellence” vet hospitals because declawing is BELOW the standard of care. But instead they don’t want to lose the memberships of their declawing vets who won’t stop because they like the money that declawing brings them. It is all appalling and shameful.

When we call them out on their unethical ways and wrongdoings, they play the cyber bullying victim card and bring up the suicide rates in the vet profession. Here’s a novel idea. Maybe stop doing such a mutilating, sadistic, and barbaric medieval amputation procedure to cats and that might take away some of the dark clouds that follow a lot of these declawing vets.

Here is Emily’s note.


Hi City and Mom!
I’m a huge fan and follower of you and your work and I love what you are doing.  I’ve bought a calendar and book [and my cats must have smelled City on them, they loved the package haha] and a shirt and I love it.
But I feel like I have failed you.  I took one of our stray kitties to the vet the other day, he is an outdoor kid and got into a fight or something and had to have an abscess drained.  Luckily, I was able to get him in right away.
 So as my husband and I were in line to be checked in, a kid [probably early 20’s or so] came in carrying a Calico cat.  I laughed and told him he was brave not to have her in a carrier and he said that she clawed him up, so he was getting her declawed.
 My blood literally ran cold.
 My husband could see the attitude shift in me.  I stood up straight and gave the kid a look that could have killed.  The cat was shedding all over [likely from stress] and had a terrible dandruff problem.  The kid himself didn’t look overly clean [and I’m not judging his appearance as a whole, don’t get me wrong!!] and all I could think was “he’s maiming this beautiful girl, she’s probably going back to a filthy environment and if she claws this bad now, she’s going to be a biter”
 I almost offered him cash money for the cat.  I opened my mouth to say something and I couldn’t even form words.
 We left our kitty there and drove home.  I cried the entire way.
 I hugged our three babies [and our other outside strays – it’s amazing how people move and “forget” their cats, but not their family members…] and promised them I’d never harm them, even if they do claw on me and our furniture.
 I am still sick over it.
I know this vet declaws, I’ve actually gotten into an argument with the staff on the phone before because of it.  I HATE that we don’t have any anti declaw vets here.  I have called every vet I could find online within a 50 mile radius to try and find one without any luck.  I’ve even emailed the folks at Paw Project and websites and there is ONE in my state [Idaho] and it’s 12 hours away.  I even called them to see if they had suggestions, and they didn’t.
I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard spot.  Our cats need vet care, and we will provide it regardless of cost.  I just hate that I’m supporting a vet that took an oath to protect and nurture, knowing he also maims cats.
 I’m so angry that I firsthand witnessed someone that willingly took his cat in to have her knuckles chopped off and will be in forever pain.
 I’m angry that I couldn’t even form a sentence to educate him on what he was doing.  I seriously feel like I’ve failed.
 Part of me knows deep down that I would have caused a scene and been kicked out and kitty wouldn’t have been cared for.  The other part of me is mad I didn’t take the chance.
I don’t know that anything can be done from this, but going forward, should I encounter this again, I’ll try to keep my emotions in check.  I just needed to tell someone, who would totally understand, how I’m feeling.
Thank you for listening and for everything you guys do.  You ARE making a difference!
Emily and Mjaldr, Pandora & Thrall [who will always keep their claws, regardless of how many times they smack me awake]

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