• Posted on August 25, 2015 8:02 pm
    By Chris
    Blue boots after surgery

    Just imaging letting a doctor cut the end bones in your fingers and toes off… I found this story on Facebook today and just had to share. Blue Boots is doing fine now as far as I am aware…

    Blue Boots. In 2013 Blue Boots was surrendered for behavioral issues including litter box avoision and extreme aggression. Fortunately, someone stepped in and Blue Boots went to a Specialty Purebred CAT Rescue foster. The vet through SPCR found the cause that explained everything, though most people would not have connected the dots, as Blue Boots’ original owner did not. See, years earlier, Blue Boots had undergone a 4-paw declaw procedure. It’s quite routine and widely accepted in the US and even vehemently defended. What you see in these photos are the deformed claws that were growing WITHIN and THROUGH Blue Boots’ paw pads.


    In one study of declawed cats in a particular shelter, one vet found that 66% had left over P3 fragments from the declaw being performed improperly. 33% of them had more than 5 fragments. Of those with fragments, 45% had at least one fragment larger than 5 mm. 28% had a 100% fully BOTCHED declaw procedure, meaning they had bone fragments larger than 5 mm left in each declawed toe.

    In the case of Blue Boots, he was 100% botched, meaning those bone fragments left behind in each toe also included a part of each nail bed. Over the space of time after his declaw, the ingrown claws caused constant pain and resulted in his litter box issues and his aggression. Again, his owners weren’t able to connected the behavior with the cause and he would have been killed.

    If an individual MUST have a declawed cat, either due to the potential health risks of a possible scratch or due to the rules of their living arrangement, please consider adopting an adult feline from a rescue or shelter that has already been declawed. If a child colors on a wall, you do not cut off their fingers. You teach them not to. The same applies to kittens and training them to use an appropriate scratching surface. There are so many alternatives and humane solutions. This is not merely my opinion, but a truth based upon the research of countless veterinary professionals, proven statistics and studies done throughout the world. Declawing is now banned in at least 22 countries.

    Personally this is a surgery that I consider cruel, we should not be modifying animals to fit our needs.

    Posted in categories: Random Things I Just Have To Share!, Vet School Diary
  1. Michi

    Thanks for posting, good information for all the people who think “de-clawing” (amputation) is no big deal. When I worked pet supplies and people would come in with litter box issues, 90% of them were declawed cats and they were using hard clay litter. Switching to soft litter helped but most failed to understand the delicate state their cat’s paws may be in. Then again, people who feel their own convenience is more important than the health of an animal never will. Cats have claws, don’t like it, don’t get one. Or adopt one that’s already declawed, there are plenty because people who tend to declaw for selfish reason are the first to bring them to a shelter if any other issue arrises.


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