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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.



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 declawing:

"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."












(Note: When purchasing a free standing scratching post, please remember that carpet, in general, is not a good covering. Often the cheap, carpeted posts you find in chain stores are brought home, only to be ignored because they do not offer an attractive scratching surface. Rough materials like wood or sisal are much better choices, and are preferred by most cats. It is also important to make sure the base of the post is wide enough that it remains steady and does not tip over. Please refer to the article in the "what you need to know" section on "How to choose a scratching post" so you can make an informed decision and purchase a post your cat will not hesitate to use. You can see two of the most popular and well-used posts at my house here. When you give cats something of their own that they really like to shred, furniture becomes a non-factor!)