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A Veterinary Technician's photographs of the declawing surgery.
Warning! Very graphic.

A Veterinary Technician's description of the declawing surgery.

Educate! Don't Amputate! The Declaw Menu
Please Donít  Declaw!
I am a firm believer in NOT declawing.

Why would you want to put your precious little pet through this agonizing, painful and cruel experience when itís not necessary?

It is a cruel and barbaric way to treat one of
Godís little creatures.

Save Paws and Claws!

I have posted these pages to inform the General Public
exactly what is involved in the
Surgery of Declawing.

PLEASE take time to read these pages,
as they are very informative,
before you decide to have your cat or kitten declawed!

Take the time to teach your cat or kitten not to scratch on the furniture or the carpet.   I admit, training a cat requires patience, much like children, but in the long run, the time and efforts will pay off.

The most common surgical procedure, Onychectomy, or "Declawing",
is amputation of the claw and the end toe bone joint. 
The surgery has a reputation for causing pain for a week or more and the possibility of postoperative complications, such as infection, hemorrhage, nail regrowth and altered feeling in the toes for some time after surgery. 

There is disagreement as to whether declawing leads to behavioral problems
in cats. There is concern for the welfare of cats who can not defend
themselves or climb to safety if they are able to go outside.
A declawed cat will still scratch but without damage to furnishings.

An alternative surgical procedure, deep digital flexor Tendonectomy,
was first described by John Rife, DVM (Journal AAHA, Nov.1986).
This surgery involves severing the tendon attached to the end toe digit,
but maintaining the claw in the sheath. It is not possible to
detect the surgery visually, but the cat is no longer able to extend the claws. The technique limits the cat's ability to damage surfaces when scratching
as long as the claws are kept trimmed.

It is less painful (cats recover within 2 days) and it has minimal postoperative risks. However, ongoing claw trimming is a must or the cat can use its claws again to some degree, and there is a risk of ingrowth into the paw pads.
Some veterinarians have reported joint fusion and arthritis problems.
The technique has not been favored by most veterinarians,
mainly because of the above negative factors.
I generally donít put links on my pages
unless for a very good reason.

I have met a wonderful lady named Lisa. 
She too is a true cat lover. 
Please visit her site as it is truly educational and
very inspirational.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lisa for allowing me to
link to her website, and several of her pages on "Declawing".

Access to your site and your photos will hopefully help everyone
understand exactly what is involved in declawing, and perhaps they 
shall now realize that this is an unhumane procedure
and needless multilation to its victims ~ our precious cats and kittens.

Thank you so very much Lisa!