|This website is dedicated to
Katie and Sebastian, two feral kittens who were declawed despite an
agreement not to. Katie now spends most of her life in a cage - a
result of behavior problems that developed because of the surgery.
My hope is that the information on this site will deter anyone
reading it from subjecting their cats to this most cruel, inhumane,
and absolutely unnecessary mutilation.
|PLEASE...IF YOU LOVE YOUR
|Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Professor
of Behavioral Pharmacology and Director of the Behavior Clinic at
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and internationally
known specialist in domestic animal behavioral research, explains
"The inhumanity of the procedure is clearly demonstrated by the
nature of cats' recovery from anesthesia following the surgery.
Unlike routine recoveries, including recovery from neutering
surgeries, which are fairly peaceful, declawing surgery results in
cats bouncing off the walls of the recovery cage because of
excruciating pain. Cats that are more stoic huddle in the corner of
the recovery cage, immobilized in a state of helplessness,
presumably by overwhelming pain. Declawing fits the dictionary
definition of mutilation to a tee. Words such as deform, disfigure,
disjoint, and dismember all apply to this surgery. Partial digital
amputation is so horrible that it has been employed for torture of
prisoners of war, and in veterinary medicine, the clinical procedure
serves as model of severe pain for testing the efficacy of analgesic
drugs. Even though analgesic drugs can be used postoperatively, they
rarely are, and their effects are incomplete and transient anyway,
so sooner or later the pain will emerge."
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