The 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.