What was something you once believe was true but now you know is false? How did you feel when you learned the facts?
I have always grown up with cats. When I was a child I believed that declawing cats was not only safe, but a normal thing to do. It wasn’t until I was older and started adopting my own cats that I found out how untrue this is. This point was strongly reiterated last week when I watched a documentary called “The Paw Project”. You can check out the trailer here:
As a cat lover, an animal lover, or just someone against cruelty to any creature, the reality of cat declawing is truly heartbreaking. It doesn’t just remove the claw, but removes the first bone on each of the toes. This would be equivalent to amputating the tips of all of your fingers. Cats who are declawed can end up with severe infections, problems walking, and even behavioral issues. It is truly a cruel act, all for the convenience of the owner.Jennifer Conrad is a vet that spent a large portion of her practice working with captive big cats in Hollywood; lions and tigers that were used for movies and tv. She saw so many of them with issues from being declawed and started trying to repair their paws one by one. While she could not give them back their claws there were procedures that could be performed to give them better function and better quality of life. It was then the question came to her, if so many big cats are having these issues, how many domestic cats are there that have the same problem. She created The Paw Project to raise awareness about what a cruel act declawing is and to try and get it banned across the county. The Paw Project has managed to get declawing banned in several counties in California and is branching out to create legislation across the country.
Please, watch the trailer. If you have access to Netflix or iTunes or the DVD in any way, please watch the documentary. It is both heartbreaking and educational. Do your own research about declawing and the legislation in your state. You can make a difference. I am currently looking into ways to create or support legislation for declawing in Massachusetts.
For more information click the picture below to go to The Paw Project’s website.