Purina & Declawing Veterinarians – A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

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Feb. 9, 2017

Back in the day, in the late 80’s, a Canadian veterinarian, Dr Gary Landsberg, helped promote Yesterday’s News to vets for their declawed cats. It caught on in the veterinary profession in America and Canada, and most vets who declawed cats, which was almost all of them, started recommending this litter for declawed cats. (Landsberg has written several papers defending declawing. He claims there is no evidence of any problems, and that declawing saves cats’ homes and lives.) Yesterday’s News was created by a Canadian company and Purina purchased this company.

Purina still says, “It’s also their (U.S veterinarians) #1 recommended cat litter following surgery thanks to 99.7% dust-free, gentle paper pellets that are easy on sensitive paws.” Purina’s Yesterday’s News Cat Litter Website

Here is an advertisement in the Canadian Veterinary Journal in 1989.


 Purina’s Yesterday’s News Cat Litter is the most recommended cat litter by veterinarians for declawed cats. Most of these pro-declaw vets don’t counsel cat owners about the humane alternatives to declawing like soft paws, sturdy scratching posts, nail trims, and deterrents. Most of these pro-declaw vets don’t educate cat owners about the facts about declawing and how it is harmful to the health and well-being of a cat.

 

Purina should step up, do the right thing, and educate cat owners about cat behavior and scratching since most of these pro-declaw vets aren’t and many of these vets are deceiving cat owners to believe that declawing is ok, when it’s not!

 Purina has a wide reach and could save thousands of cats from being declawed with their reach.

Purina is making millions of dollars from declawing, thanks to these vets who recommend and sell Yesterday’s News cat litter.

We tried to inspire Purina to help us end declawing with some of the millions of dollars they are making from the sale of Yesterday’s News Cat litter. Here is the campaign idea Purina4Paws campaign idea to help end declawing with the money they are making from it

Also, here is a petition that you can sign to help inspire Purina to do the right thing and help us to protect cats from this inhumane and unnecessary procedure. Purina Petition



Here are examples of how pro-declaw vets and Purina have a mutually beneficial relationship and how they are profiting from this very inhumane and cruel procedure.

While it is nice of Purina to offer this cat litter that is “gentle on sensitive paws” to these poor cats, they are implicitly condoning a surgery that is very cruel to cats.

Around 80% of veterinarians in America declaw cats and most of them either carry or recommend Yesterday’s News for those cats.



Countryside Animal Hospital was proud to announce that they carry Purina’s Yesterday’s News and that it’s a great product for declaws in this facebook post in 2016. Countryside Animal Hospital Yesterday’s News Post on their Facebook page  

Here is a screenshot from facebook from a cat owner that had their cat declawed at Countryside Animal Hospital in January 2017. When asked if they have any complications from their declaws an employee said no. When asked about this cat’s problem from his declaw at their practice, an employee confirmed that Greydee was declawed there and said he, “was allergic to the glue.”

Here is another photo on Countryside Animal Hospital’s facebook page of a cat that they are proud to announce, came in for a declaw. Facebook link of a photo of a cat that came to Countryside Animal Hospital to be declawed  


Around 2 million cats a year are declawed in America.

This veterinary practice is one of the many that recommends and sells Purina’s Yesterday’s News cat litter for these poor declawed cats. Purina sells it to these vets for around $3.50 and this vet practice sells it for $9.50.


My FBI team (Feline Bureau of Investigation) made some calls to Countryside Animal Hospital to see how they address declawing. The investigators posed as cat owners who wanted to get a neuter/declaw for their cat. This is usually the only way you can get an honest answer from these pro-declaw vets on how their practice addresses declawing.

They asked how much this practice charged for a neuter and the employee said, “It’s $80 unless you want a declaw.”

We have withheld the names of employees for fear that they might suffer a backlash for their honest answers.

Countryside Animal Hospital charges $100 for a front declaw. According to one of the employees, the owner, Dr Hayes uses the clippers (old school way) to declaw cats and doesn’t give the cat a pain injection. The other vet, uses a scalpel and does give the cat a pain injection. You can just drop the cat off for the declaw. They offer take home pain meds for the cats for $20-$30 extra.

Numerous calls to this practice found the following information. They say that they regularly declaw cats. One employee said they do them everyday and sometimes 5 in one day. Another employee said that each of the two vets do around 5-10 declaws a week.

Both employees said that there is nothing wrong with declawing. One said that everyone at this practice declaws their cats and they even declawed their two clinic cats. One employee said, “we are for declawing because it is less stress on us so we aren’t yelling at our cats to stay off furniture” and they said it saves them from having to trim the cat’s nails.

They have no age limit on declawing cats but just say that the older ones will just have a longer healing process. They say you can just drop the cat off for the declaw. No appointment with the vet is necessary.
Both employees say that they never see any complications with their declawed cats.

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I had my mom reach out in an email to Countryside Animal Hospital’s owner vet, Dr Hayes, 29 yr member of the AVMA. She asked Dr Hayes why she doesn’t follow the AVMA’s declawing guidelines of doing it as a last last resort, or pain management, or why her practice doesn’t counsel cat owners about the facts about declawing and the humane alternatives. She asked Dr Hayes why two of their employees said there is nothing wrong with declawing and that there are no negative consequences.  My mom received no reply so she called this practice to ask if Dr Hayes is going to respond to the email and the person on the phone said, “Countryside Animal Hospital does not consent to anything being published about anything we had talked about with you or anything associated with you. Please do not contact us again, goodbye.”


These are all declawing veterinary practices that use, recommend, or sell Purina’s Yesterday’s News cat litter for their declawed cats.


HERE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AN AMERICAN VETERINARY PRACTICE WITH AVMA VETS THAT RECOMMENDS YESTERDAY’S NEWS CAT LITTER FOR THEIR DECLAWED CATS.


This practice charges $70 for the front paws and $105 for all four paws.

They recommend Yesterday’s News cat litter and say that you can buy it at Petsmart.

One employee said that there are usually complications to a declaw and the cats have to learn to walk again. They said that they do at least 6-7 declaws a day. Their vets use the clippers and have been doing them for 30 yrs. They said that there is no age limit for the cats but the older ones might need stitches.

When asked if there are any negative consequences, one employee says that a lot of people with rescues say that declawing cause the cats to bite more and have behavior problems. But they said that all the cat owners that get their cats declawed with them, say they love it. Another employee was asked if declawing is bad for a kitten or cat and they said no.

They recommend the 2 paw declaws because they say if you declaw a cat on all four paws it won’t be able to scratch an itch if they have one.

They say you can just drop the cat off for the declaw. No appointment with the vet is necessary.

We have withheld the names of employees for fear that they might suffer a backlash for their honest answers.



Please sign this petition so we can inspire Purina to help us end declawing with the money they are making from it Purina4Paws Petition


Here is a screenshot from a post about a kitten that was declawed and had it’s back leg amputated. Link to photo of Miracle the Kitten who had her back leg amputated and was declawed.

Just to look into how they address declawing an investigator asked one of their certified veterinary assistants some questions in January 2017. Here is what they found.

We have withheld the names of employees for fear that they might suffer a backlash for their honest answers.

Holmes Animal Clinic in Iowa charges $145 for front or $180 for all four. It’s only $220 for a neuter/all 4 declaw. They say it’s up to the owner if they want 2 or 4 paws. Investigator asked what they recommend and they said, all four if you want to be happy with no damaged furniture. They say that it is an amputation and the first knuckle/bone with the claw is removed and sutured shut. They say the bigger cats might notice the toe pad shortened depending on where it’s cut. They say some of the pad might be cut. They say their vet, Dr Jeff, uses “sharp scissors” to do the declaws and he does many declaws a week. They say you can just drop the cat off for a declaw, no appointment is needed. They say you can use Purina’s Yesterday’s News Cat litter. They say there aren’t any negative consequences to declawing a cat.


Here is another example of one of the thousands of vet practices that do lots of declaws and recommend and use Purina’s Yesterday’s News for their declawed cats.

Screenshot from Companion’s Choice Animal Hospital’s facebook page on February 26, 2017.

My FBI team (Feline Bureau of Investigation) made some calls to Companion’s Choice Animal Hospital to see how they address declawing. The investigators posed as cat owners who wanted to get a neuter/declaw for their cat. This is usually the only way you can get an honest answer from these pro-declaw vets on how their practice addresses declawing.

We have withheld the names of employees for fear that they might suffer a backlash for their honest answers.

They asked how much this practice charged for a neuter and a spay and the employee said, “Are you also wanting to do a declaw?” They say that it’s better to do both the spay/neuter together with the declaw. They require a first exam to see if the cat is healthy enough for the surgery. They do a 2 paw declaw with spay for $293.50 which includes blood work, anesthesia, pain meds, etc. and  1 overnight stay and Purina’s Yesterday’s News cat litter. They say that their doctor does “quite a few” declaws and they “cut the first digit.”

They say that there are no negative consequences but just that their paws will be “a little sensitive” for around 2 weeks to 2 months and the cat may have “phantom pain.”

One employee was asked if the kitten would be ok & if she would have any long term negative effects from the declaw, The employee said “no, it’s good to do because the kitten will be on the furniture.”