Here is a sad story about a cat owner that was deceived by her declawing AVMA and AAFP veterinarian at a cat clinic in Central Michigan in 1999.
My researchers looked into how this vet is currently addressing declawing and they found this.
Their receptionist says that this vet uses the laser and says, “it is a lot safer and the healing time is a whole lot faster.” They say that this vet does declaws weekly and sometimes more than one a week and that she is very skilled at them.
When a first time cat owner asks them if they just take out the claws or nails? “We take out the nails, yes.”
They say, “The larger the cat, the more sensitive their paws are that’s why we say if you are going to get them declawed, the earliest you can do it the better. When they are lighter, it doesn’t hurt their paws.”
They also say, “If they are over 8 lbs then we do send them home with some pain meds but not always. Under 8 lbs they don’t require any sort of pain medicine.”
When asked about stories on the internet that say declawing is inhumane and harmful to a cat they say that they leave it up to the owner if they want to do a declaw. When the cat owner pressed them to ask if a declaw is ok for the long term health of a cat, they say that you can go the route of Soft Paws to see if that would help or if you want to do the declaw you can do that too. They say there are different options rather than going for the declaw. They say, “It’s a controversial thing to do, we do it, and if you are going to do it the laser is the way to go.”
They say that a scalpel is what “normal veterinary offices” use and say the healing time is a lot slower and that’s why they use a laser because it seals up the nerve endings and makes the healing time go much faster.
That is all lies my friends. These vets purchase those lasers for around $35,000 and they need to do a lot of declaws to pay them back so they lie and deceive the public about how they burn off a cat’s toe bones and claws. Here are the facts about laser declaw. Laser declaw facts
Here’s the story about this poor kitty that I received from a supporter about this laser declawing vet. .
In the summer of 1999 I adopted a kitten from a local veterinarian’s office. I was interested in having her front declawed. At the time, I didn’t think there was anything wrong about declawing. Everyone I knew that owned a cat had them declawed. What was the big deal? I knew it was probably painful, but thought it was just for a little while until the paws healed and then the cat would return to normal. That’s what pain killers are for, right? I thought as long as a cat had its back claws, there was nothing wrong with having the front claws removed.
When I asked the vet about declawing, she mentioned she had a brand new laser machine that made it virtually painless because it burned off the claws rather than cutting them off. I thought “Great!” and made an appointment. That was a lie. It was anything but painless for her.
Afterwards, she limped for weeks, especially favoring one of her paws. I took her back to the same vet multiple times because she didn’t seem to be returning to her happy, playful self. The vet took x-rays and told me nothing was wrong. Several visits later, the vet said she was experiencing “phantom pain” and prescribed a low dose pain reliever for her to take temporarily. Her pain was not “phantom pain.” She suffered silently for the rest of her life.
Watching my cat suffer, my opinion about declawing began to change. Along the way, I did some research and learned about nail caps and scratching posts, and how to train your cat to use them.
Like me, most cat owners are naive about declawing. Declawing is socially acceptable in this country. If one does not want a cat to scratch their new furniture, then the answer is most always to have the cat declawed. None of the veterinary practices I have used ever recommended nail caps or other alternatives first before declawing. The ugly truth is that declawing hurts! It can alter a cat’s personality, change their behavior, and result in the loss of a stable home. Every day, declawed cats with undiagnosed behavioral issues caused by the pain of declawing are dropped off at shelters across the country, or worse, thrown out like trash and forced to live outdoors with no means of defending themselves.
I have another cat now and she came equipped with all of her claws intact and will remain that way. I will never again subject a cat to the barbaric process of declawing.
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Here’s an example of one of the many old school, unethical, and inhumane vets who is torturing and harming many cats for life by barbarically amputating their toe bones and claws. This vet, Dr Donald St Ledger, a 40 yr American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) member vet, who went to University of Illinois has been and is STILL declawing cats of any age on 2 and 4 paws and NOT USING ANY PAIN MEDS at Albion Veterinary Clinic in Illinois.
Irma the cat was declawed by this old school vet.
I had my researchers look into how they address declawing at this practice and the employee confirmed that Irma had a 2 paw declaw and spay at this practice and paid $110.
When a cat owner calls them for a price for a declaw for a 7 month old and 3 ½ yr old cat, the receptionist asks if you want a 2 paw or 4 paw declaw. They say it is $105 for an all four paw declaw or $140 for a spay/4 paw declaw. They say that your cat will get stitches and you don’t need to come back in because the cat will work it out on it’s own and lick their paws and take them out that way.
They also don’t give any pain meds and say that it’s because animals don’t know that they should rest so if you give them pain meds it could make it worse for them. So basically they are saying it’s better for the cats to recover in agony so that they stay immobile.
One employee also said that cat’s don’t tolerate pain meds very well so that’s why they don’t give them after the declaws.
When a cat owner asks the receptionist how the vet does the declaw she says that it is a surgical procedure to remove the nails and the portion that contains the claws. When pressed if it’s the guillotine or scalpel method the receptionist said, “Is that going to make a difference? I’m concerned that you are questioning how our doctor does a standard procedure. “
She said, “You are questioning a professional veterinary office.” She said that she was not going to discuss his procedures and maybe the cat owner should find another vet practice.
When asked if the cats would be ok long term from a declaw, they said yes they would be fine but the older one will be sore but would “get over it” and that they can’t say there’s never a problem but usually they don’t have issues with their declaws.
I also privately reached out to this cat owner to tell her that her vet lied to her about the pain meds and deceived her about this mutilating procedure and she told me to, “mind your own f&%#@ing business.”
Also the AVMA says that pain meds are necessary and NOT ELECTIVE! AVMA position statement on declawing
Anyone can file a complaint to the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation about this situation. Illinois Division of Profession Regulation Online Complaint Form
Please go to www.citythekitty.com and sign up to be a City the Kitty Crusader. Please help me continue to work on this important cause to save cats from the horrific fate that Irma is having. I see sad stories and photos of declawed cats every single day and just can’t continue without your help. This is all just too much for one cat to handle.
Here is another long time AVMA vet that isn’t using pain meds after he declaws cats. Oklahoma AVMA vet
Here is the Oklahoma complaint form page Oklahoma complaint form
Why do declawing vets keep playing the cyber-bullying victim card?
Another declawing vet practice is crying cyber-bully victim after hundreds of people provided factual and scientific, educational information to correct some false information that they were giving to the public about declawing cats and cat health.
The irony is that this is a New Jersey vet practice’s President is playing the victim card, even though the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) has hired the state’s top lobbying firm to fight our important NJ anti-declaw bill.
That’s right, the NJVMA is paying an estimated $2-5k a month to the top lobbying firm in NJ, Princeton Public Affairs Group, to fight our important anti-declaw bill so that declawing can continue to be as legal as possible … and also to do their PR to make the NJ veterinarians look good while they fight to keep this cruelty legal.
Vets playing the cyberbully victim card … the state’s top lobbying firm … could the two be related? Is this just some slick public relations move?
Do veterinarians really think it is “cyber-bullying” when they post incorrect information about declawing (to the public) on social media, and the public replies back with polite, factual information that disagrees? What’s the point of posting to the public on social media if you don’t want the public commenting back with polite, factual, accurate information?
Let’s look at what happened with this vet. Some of our supporters shared with us this picture, posted by St Francis Veterinary Hospital of Woolwich Township, NJ, boasting that this kitty named “KC” was purring because he was feeling good after being neutered, declawed and having an eye removed.
Hundreds of people pointed out to St Francis Vet Hospital that cats can purr when they are in pain, in an effort to self-soothe. Obviously poor KC was in a lot of pain after having 3 surgeries including 10 amputations of his toes, the removal of his eyeball and being neutered — all at the same time. Then we asked this vet practice why they performed the declaw on KC, and we were told that he had a communicable disease.
Photo posted on September 7, 2017.
The practice, which has the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Cat Friendly logo on their website (UPDATE- I RECEIVED A NOTE FROM A SUPPORTER ON SEPT. 22, 2017 THAT THEY INFORMED AAFP THAT ST. FRANCIS WAS USING THE CAT FRIENDLY LOGO WHEN THEY WEREN’T ONE OF THOSE PRACTICES. BOTH REFERENCES TO AAFP ARE NOW OFF THEIR WEBSITE. SEE SCREENSHOTS AT THE END OF THE STORY) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) logo on their website, said that this cat was declawed because it has a communicable disease and the owner didn’t want the other cats in the household to catch it. They asked me this question.
I replied to Saint Francis Veterinary Center of South Jersey with this info but never received a reply back. The facts are that if they are talking about either FIV or FeLV, two diseases that are transmitted through bodily fluids like blood and saliva and therefore most commonly transmitted by deep bite wounds. Would they remove the cat’s teeth as well? If not, why not? They pose even more danger than the claws. Also, FIV is very rarely transmitted to other cats in friendly households. If you’re talking about FeLV, then I suppose there’s a chance, but declawing will do nothing to prevent it. The other cats can be vaccinated, and the owner can be educated about the risks of rough play or the cat can be rehomed to a FeLV positive home or a home with no other cats. Many cats live long and happy lives, never succumbing to FIV or FeLV morbidity. I believe with a good diet and excellent vet care, these viral positive cats can live quite healthy lives. No one would recommend declawing to stop the transmission of these viruses, so please be so kind as to tell me what communicable disease requires declawing to prevent its transmission.
St Francis continued to repeat that they declawed ONLY in those “rare and difficult cases”. Immediately around that time, one of St Francis’ clients posted a comment saying how much he liked St Francis Veterinary Hospital and that he had 6 cats declawed because, as he said, “I have expensive furniture and I don’t wish for it to be torn up.”
Oops! If a vet declaws “very, very rarely”, what’s the chance that he declaws 6 cats for just one of his clients? #Contradictions
I guess that means having “nice furniture” and multiple cats is one of those “rare and difficult cases”? Since St Francis refused to give examples of those “rare and difficult cases”, we are forced to speculate.
After receiving over 170 comments on their thread — from concerned people providing numerous links, diagrams and text excerpts from doctors, scientific research papers, medical studies, authoritative sources such as the CDC and NIH and other similar, reputable sources — St Francis deleted all the comments.
Their reason for deleting all the comments was that they were under cyber-attack or cyber-bullied. We took dozens of screenshots and did not see any sign of this cyber bullying they were talking about.
It certainly appears as if they removed all the comments because they knew they were wrong and hated being corrected by the public and they were just trying to save face. They re-posted their original thread, in an attempt to do a do-over, but soon there were another 100+ comments from the public, containing factual information once again.
Apparently the declawing vet’s son, who is the President and MPA (Master of Public Administration) of the vet practice, didn’t like all this factual information contradicting this social media digital marketing efforts, so he cried cyber-bully victim and pleaded for help from his friends:
St Francis continued to confuse everyone by claiming they want to help end declawing, yet they refused to respond to any of the valid comments from people.
Their comments were nothing but smoke and mirrors and contradictions about how they wanted to work together with us, yet provided no reason for us to trust that they were sincere with their comments.
If any of you have screenshots of all of these vile things that they say were said to them, please send it to me at CitytheKitty@gmail.com. I am adamantly against cyber bullying and always remind people to just be educational and respectful in their comments and posts. Please report any cyber bullying to the police if you are experiencing it!
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Here is just one of the many comments where they said that they only declaw cats when it is the last, final option for the cat owners.
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