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Rushy's story

I still feel very bad about this whole situation.

When Rushy was six months old he came into our life. I immediately took him to be neutered and declawed. I knew that declawing was not pleasant for a cat, but I never knew just how horrible it could be. For at least a year after his declawing Rushy did fine. But all of a sudden one day I saw him limping. One of his little toes was horribly infected and swollen. I immediately took him to the vet. Rushy was very frightened,in a lot of pain and he had to wear a bandage and take medication for a while. We didn't know what the cause was but we were glad he was going to be alright. Not long afterwards the very same toe was swollen and infected! We went back to the vet and had him treated and then came home and tried to figure out what he was getting his paw stuck on that would cause that type of injury. We had no luck. After two more visits for OTHER infected toes our vet x-rayed Rushy's paws and found the problem. When the original vet amputated Rushy's toes, she didn't get the entire nail bed. This allowed his claws to grow partially back--underneath the skin! So, whenever Rushy walked, ran or jumped the partially grown claw would irritate the skin that grew over the knuckle and cause an infection. Poor trusting Rushy ended up needing to be re-declawed to take out the nail beds completely. I feel bad that he experienced 2 unnecessary operations and several painful infections because I was not educated about the horrors of declawing.

Mel --- 1-30-99

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