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Published on Oct 28, 2010
This is Kona, a mountain lion born in captivity, whose owners had him declawed by a veterinarian. They wanted Kona to be in the movies and thought declawing would make him safer to work with. Instead, over a period of a few years, declawing crippled Kona. Every step was agony. Declawing is the amputation of the last bone of each toe in a cat's paw. It is not just the removal of claws, and it can cause many complications. It can cripple pet cats as well as big, exotic cats. The veterinarians of the Paw Project performed surgery on Kona to treat his infections, smooth the roughened bone ends, and reattach the tendons severed during declawing. They could not give back to Kona what had been taken away from him, but at least he could walk with more comfort. PLEASE DO NOT DECLAW.