After seeing her share of declawed cats, veterinarian Jennifer Conrad determines to put a stop to the often-crippling procedure.
I just got done watching this documentary on Netflix. I was already anti-declawing, but the stories and evidence in this film just firmed my resolve. Things I learned that I didn’t already know:
—When you declaw a cat, the claw tries to grow back underneath the skin of the toe. Except the leftover bone is mutilated, and the claw grows into a large, shapeless mass that can’t be pushed out of the sheath, and instead stays stuck and painful under the skin—imagine having large pieces of gravel embedded in your toes that you have to walk on. Worse, they often end up infected and inflamed.
—Housecats aren’t the only ones that are declawed. Many large cats, from cougars to tigers, are declawed when kept as pets (legally or not), and they suffer the same consequences.
—The American Veterinary Medical Association and other veterinary groups support declawing and lobby against legislation to ban it, primarily because veterinary clinics make a significant amount of money on declawing.
—Eight cities in California have banned declawing, to include Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Berkeley, among others.
Want to support The Paw Project and their quest to educate people on the horrors of declawing and pass declawing bans? Here’s their website (where you can get a DVD of the film for a $10 donation), their Facebook, and their Twitter.