Currently I have 19 adult cats, 31% of those cats are declawed (6) and all six of those cats are primarily unadoptable.
Four of them will not use the litter box at all, but are extremely sweet.
One is very reactive/defensive and unhandleable, and one is 15 years old but should be able to find a retirement home (hopefully).
Two of the cats have already had bone fragments and regrowth removed from their paws, the others we are still working on get in for exams/options.
The two that have had the surgery still aren’t using their boxes and we are trying prozac to help retrain their brains not to associate the litter box with pain.
Chart is based on data from shelters in the cities where declawing was banned. March 8, 2020. The pro-declaw folks, who don’t want declawing banned, often say that less cats will be adopted and more cats will be in shelters and euthanized. Here’s one of the MANY examples that debunks this antiquated myth and lie. […]