The Paw Project: A New Documentary Deals with the Issue of Declawing

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The Paw ProjectThe Paw Project exposes the truth behind what declawing your pets actually entails. The documentary calls for the act to be banned for the sake of all animals out there. Dr. Jennifer Conrad, a veterinarian, details her personal experiences with declawing. Part of Dr. Conrad’s job was to see to larger cats that had been abandoned by their owners or came from the zoo. What she found was that people would buy exotic cats, and then have them declawed as they got older out of fear, eventually abandoning the animals.

This got Dr. Conrad thinking: if this is so prevalent amongst bigger, more exotic felines, what about domestic cats? This documentary deals with the answer to that question and calls to the viewer to take action. This film compares declawing to chopping the last bone of one’s finger off. This experience is extremely frightening for a cat, especially since he or she cannot be walked through the ordeal and is often taken to a strange place for the operation.

It is important to remember that when an animal is declawed, a portion of bone is removed, not simply the nail. This kind of surgery can lead to more problems down the line and significantly affect the quality of your cat’s life. A cardboard cat scratcher or cat scratching tree is a simple enough way to deal with this issue. Another sad fact is that there are owners out there who have their cats declawed, then abandon them in the wild, which even further decreases their chance of survival. To read more about declawing, check out The Pet Project’s website or look for any cats book that covers the topic.


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  1. yes.. thanks for educating people on what declawing really is. my vet said that it is like removing the first digit of your finger, it’s not just the claw. I don’t think I can watch this “paw project”. I will go nuts and start bawling my head off and I do know what happens with declawing. if it is ever brought up in any conversation I have with anyone, I will get quickly on my soapbox and not so very nicely tell the person or people how sick and cruel it is. i’m not very diplomatic when it comes to animal cruelty. I feel we have no RIGHT to do that. I feel it should be outlawed and people should go to jail for cruelty if they do do it. if you don’t want a cat with claws, then don’t have a cat, it’s pretty simple to me. take the time and spend the money to get them scratching items and teach them to be gentle when they are playing with your fingers. I used to have a wonderful cat that loved to play but he was super rough. I went and bought these super sturdy leather gardening gloves and whenever i knew he was in the mood for rough play i would put those gloves on and play with him. he liked that they were leather and he could play and i liked that i could play with him and not get shredded. my point is you find other ways, you respect the fact that you have a CAT for crying out loud and if that is too much for you to deal with then you DON”T get a cat. the assumption and the arrogance that we have in this world that we have the right to do what we want with anything and anyone that we can possibly have power over makes me sad and sick. we could be so much more. bless all of you that are intelligent and caring people that truly love and respect your animals. you give me hope.

    1. I agree with you on that!

      But I don’t think people should go to jail for declawing their cat. However, I do agree that the vets SHOULD go to jail for declawing. When I said “People” I meant the owner(s) shouldn’t go to jail. Why? Because half of the time it’s the vet’s fault for telling the owner(s), that it’s okay for their cat…. So the poor owner(s) can’t make the right choose for their cat(s). Poor owners and their cats!

      Blame the vets!

      I hope that made sense to you.

      Have a great day:-)

      1. Awesome! Can’t wait to see Nico’s video! I love that Raggies love to play fetch!

        NOTE: I remember how shocked I was when about a week after we brought Pink Sugar home, she jumped into my recliner with a little pipe cleaner toy (which I made for her after the breeder showed me how) in her mouth and dropped it between my legs and sat back and looked at me. It dawned on me that she wanted me to throw it. I threw it and she jumped down and retrieved it. I repeated this for about 10 minutes and then she was ready to do something else. She taught me how to play fetch with her. Amazing! She still brings us little toys (catnip worm, little puff balls, pipe cleaners) all the time to throw for her but her all time favorite fetch item is the little pipe cleaners. Amazing!

        Big hugs! 🙂

      2. LOL! OMG, Nico does the same thing!

        So Anya’s new thing, is to pick up a piece of plastic or something that “crackles” and brings it to the corner of their kitty condo, and piles it up… Like some kind of rat or something. Lol.

        Could you try to get a video of Pink Sugar playing fetch and send it to me?


      3. lol 🙂

        OMG! Pink Sugar “stockpiles” her pipe cleaner toys (which is similar to what Anya is doing with the crinkly papers). Here’s what Sugar does:

        She takes any pipe cleaner toy she can find and will put it in front of our kitchen garbage can and then she’ll bat it under the garbage can. She does this throughout the day and evening. Once a day, I’ll tip up the garbage can and get all of her little “treasures” out from under it and put them back on the floor in the living room. Next day, they’ll be under the garbage can again. Hilarious! It’s funny as she’ll leave the two or three pipe cleaners on the bedroom floor there for “night time play” when Mommy & Daddy are sleeping and she wants to play fetch. Such funny little characters these adorable Raggies are…

        I’ll try to get a video of Pink Sugar playing fetch. I’m not the best at making videos and was unable to e-mail any of them to you last time as you never got them as attachments. However, I will post any videos I make on my YouTube channel and then send you the link to them via e-mail.

        Big hugs!

        Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

      4. Ha! I luved how you called it “treasures” lol!

        Already, I look forward to Pink Sugar’s videos!

        I luv watching videos of Raggies! I watch Jenny’s Ragdolls (Charlie and Trigg), all the time, as it’s ADORABLE!!!!

        As you can see I am quite obsessed with Raggies! Lol


        H&K/xoxo, Ragdoll Mommy x Nico&Anya~

      5. I think all Raggie owners immediately become obsessed with everything Ragdoll related. It’s an obsession that just can’t help but happen with these awesome adorable, beautiful kitties. 🙂

        I know what you mean. I just lurve watching Charlie & Trigg, too! 🙂 <3

        Best wishes for a good evening! Gotta run as I'm making bread right now and it's time to get it in the oven! 🙂

        Big hugs!

        Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

      6. Bread is especially good when it’s hot with a little cinnamon, while it’s cold outside, while you’re sitting by the fire, lol.

        Okay, I’ll give my Raggies a big ol’ hug from you and Pink Sugar!


  2. Hi Jenny,
    Thanks so much for putting this info out there. Am sure you will get some controversy about it, but good for you for standing up for our angels and helping others be well informed about exactly what is happening. Know that a lot of people think it is a really benign procedure and they are mislead by false info. The part that the kitties weren’t even given enough pain control just broke my heart and can’t imagine what they go through initially and then forever afterwards.
    Also, just wanted to reaffirm that yes, when kitties are declawed, they resort to biting. Our Mariposa, the Maine Coon we rescued, was out in the snow screaming her head off, and fully declawed with no defense left but to bite. She was chased by a bully tomcat who caught up with her and bit her in the back of her leg. She had to have multiple antibiotics, and even a drain put in it was such a bad wound, but she had no defense except to run. Well, that has all passed now about 6 years or more later, but she still remains traumatized from being thrown away, declawed AND attacked. She has slowly learned to trust us and loves my husband more than life, but when anything disagrees with her, her first instinct it still to bite. I just talk her out of it and she will calm down nicely when she smells treats! She will never have to worry about being hurt ever again and wish I could have adopted her before she was declawed. Thanks again for putting this out there. ♥

  3. Thank you so much for helping spread the horrible truth about this mutilation done to cats for their owners “convience”. How I wish this had never been invented. Shame on those vets who knowingly put a helpless animal through such pain. I agree that if you don’t want to be bothered with how a pet is made then DONT get one!!!!!

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