7/31 Update: Goal reached!
This sweet senior tabby cat came to us through our PASS program. She arrived in severe pain from being declawed at some point in her thirteen years of life. As a result of the declawing surgery, Grandma Hugs has large bone fragments stuck in every one of her declawed toes, making it miserable for her to move around. We have contacted Dr. Breitreiter, the director of The Paw Project's Texas chapter, who has agreed to help get Grandma back on the path to a pain-free life!
Declawing isn't just clipping a cat's nails permanently- in order to remove the claw, the whole first joint of a cat's toe has to be removed. This procedure involves cutting through bones, tendons, and ligaments, and in addition to being incredibly painful in the moment, has lifelong consequences for the cat. Even under the best of circumstances, declawing a cat changes their entire posture, and removing their primary defense tool makes kitties feel vulnerable and afraid. Because of this, these cats are more prone to arthritis and back pain, fearful and withdrawn behavior, peeing outside the litter box, and biting when they become upset or scared. Studies have even shown that more than 60% of declawed cats surrendered to shelters have bone fragments in their toes- those bone fragments make walking painful, and can sometimes even cause the claw to regrow under the skin, like what Grandma Hugs is experiencing.
We need your help to raise $1,100 to cover the cost of Grandma Hug’s declaw repair to alleviate her pain as soon as possible. Your donations will allow Grandma Hugs to relax by the fireplace and enjoy the carefree retirement she deserves.
*At times a chip in fund will raise more than a pet needs. When this happens, rest assured that excess gifts will be used to help another pet in need of your assistance! Thank you for helping us help pets!