Tuesday, June 5, 2018

I'm with City The Kitty!

My new Paws Unite t-shirt from City The Kitty!
Folks, I am passionate about the end of declawing (technical term: onychectomy) both in America, and everywhere else that this cruel and inhumane feline surgery is performed.  There are many groups that are on the forefront of this fight, and my two favorite ones are The Paw Project and City The Kitty.  City recently came out with newly designed t-shirts, so I had to have one!  I also received a sticker in the same logo.  I paid for my purchase; no freebies here!  This cause is too important NOT to give some $$ to it.

Every day, and in any way, I talk to people about the life-altering and painful procedure that declawing causes cats, and how veterinarian's should NOT be performing it.  The argument that cats won't get adopted unless declawed is false; the statistics show that our shelters are full of declawed cats due to behavioral issues.  Declawing does not put cats in homes, nor does it keep them there, and the cat is maimed for life.  

So now, I will wear my shirt, and hope it will start conversations.  Some folks get very upset; they don't want to believe that they've knowingly harmed their cat, or that their trusted pet doctor allowed them to do it...and for a tidy sum, I might add.  There are several professional veterinary groups who fight any legislation to criminalize declawing, and they have a LOT of $$ to throw at politicians.  But right will win out someday, and we all can be a part of the process, by discussing the ramifications of declawing with friends and family, patronizing vet's who will not declaw (not many in Michigan, let me tell you!), and supporting the cause in any manner that you can. 


31 comments:

Rene said...

I applaud both of these groups! Twenty years ago, I declawed our Tucker when I didn't know any better. When I learned what the surgery was I was mortified and vowed to never do it again--and to educate people when I can. There are so many great products and scratching items for cats now. And clipping their nails is not a big deal!

Eastside Cats said...

No one was aware 20 years ago, and I appreciate your willingness to speak up about it. Just because it's been done in the past, doesn't mean it has to always be that way.

Madi and Mom said...

Yes geriatric was uttered in the presence of this Diva.....luckily my dictionary was at home otherwise there would be been USE made of my built in weapons.
Ironic I had my nail post today too.
I really don't mind the clipping it is the holding that I don't like. Dad is the holder and he has to hold me like a baby so all the digits are ready. You know we cats only get on our backs when we want to be on our backs
Hugs madi(son) d cat

The Whiskeratti said...

It is a terrible practice, barbaric.

Eastside Cats said...

Madi, they don't know how close they came to getting a visit from the Grim Reaper! The Hubby cannot clip Chili Bruce and Manny's nails easily, but he's working on it since he can trim Angel with no problems. I'd like to trim Patty O'Malley's nails, 'cause he likes to dig them into my head while he's fixing my hairdo! Ouch!

Eastside Cats said...

That's the truth!

The Island Cats said...

We hope for the day that declawing will be no more. Paws need claws!

Brian said...

Bravo, bravo, bravo! Declawing is evil!

Eastside Cats said...

Yes they do!

Eastside Cats said...

Well said...

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Declawing is barbaric, pure and simple. Love that shirt!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

And the AAHA looks the other way! It's sickening. Anecdotal evidence suggests many of the accredited vets are high dollar practices (from declawing). I knew it was wrong the second I set Kitty down and her paws broke open. I was in 8th grade and it was the worst day of my life.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I love that shirt!

Caren Gittleman said...

Kudos to you!! Love the shirt!

William’s Kith & Kin said...

We were horrified to read 5000 cats are declawed every day! WTP? We applaud these groups and their tireless efforts. We love your new t-shirt, too!

Summer said...

My human has been anti-declaw for decades, and hates that it's still such a fight to get it outlawed. It's cruel and inhumane and it galls her that so many people are being kept in the dark about what it really is.

Tamago said...

Declawing should be illegal everywhere.. Claws can’t be replaced once declawed but furniture can be. Easily and without any pain.

Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential said...

I didn't even know declawing existed until I started reading cat blogs. In Portugal I never heard of it.

Eastside Cats said...

That's a place that I'd like to get to here in America, Rosa!

Eastside Cats said...

And it's not really about furniture; it's about lazy humans who don't understand their cats needs.

Eastside Cats said...

Summer, I'm with your human!

Eastside Cats said...

All of us can do our part, to take a stand against it...and my shirt is a kind of advertising.

Eastside Cats said...

I know that you feel the same!

Eastside Cats said...

Thanks, and I know that you feel the same way.

Eastside Cats said...

Barbaric...yes!

Eastside Cats said...

It's a betrayal by the veterinarians. I am so sorry that Kitty had to go through that.

Cat Lover said...

Hi Vicki, Like Rene I declawed our cat 35 years ago. I knew nothing about it then but I sure wouldn't do it now!!! Great t-shirt for a great cause.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your kind comment.
Take care.

Deziz World said...

Glad you like your new shirt. It is horrifyin' to learn the truth. Mommy was a tech and had declawed kitties herself as nopawdy includin' her VET discussed the actual purrcedure and mommy didn't fully unnerstand anatomy. But, she would never do it again. And tries to 'splain to everyone why they shouldn't as well. Big hugs

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

Declawin' cats is such a HORRIBLE thing. Here in Nova Scotia, the veterinarian association recently voted to ban the declawing of cats. The government didn't do it, so it's not illegal, BUT if a doctor were to continue declawin', he or she would lose their license to practice here in the province, I do believe. purrs

Three Chatty Cats said...

This is an awesome shirt! I wish declawing would be banned everywhere!!!

The Swiss Cats said...

Paws up ! That's a terrific shirt, wear it proudly ! We are strongly against declawing. It's forbidden and illegal in Switzerland, and we wish it were like this everywhere. Purrs