Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I heard Brother Wease, a popular talk show host who has been around for years, is well known, and influential to a lot of folks in Rochester, on the radio yesterday morning.  They were talking about cats – I joined in on the already in progress conversation after I finished my rounds and was driving home – he was saying how he had two cats, that they were both outdoor cats, and that they were declawed.  He reveled in that fact, and even mentioned that they had brought home mice, and that he had already heard from people against it saying ‘how could a cat defend itself outdoors’.  First off, does he even know what is involved in ‘declawing.’ (MAIMING)  For your reading pleasure, here are some facts about declawing.  His discussion this morning confirmed the reason why I never really cared for him.  I would rather listen to Howard Stern, who's wife Beth is heavily involved in North Shore Animal League, a no kill shelter in downstate New York. 

Written by Veterinarian, Dr. Christianne Schelling

If you are considering declawing your cat, please read this. It will only take a moment, and it will give you valuable information to help you in your decision. First, you should know that declawing is pretty much an American thing, it's something people do for their own convenience without realizing what actually happens to their beloved cat. In England declawing is termed "inhumane" and "unnecessary mutilation." I agree. In many European countries it is illegal. I applaud their attitude.

Before you make the decision to declaw your cat, there are some important facts you should know. Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Wheelchairs and bedpans are not an option for a cat.

No cat lover would doubt that cats--whose senses are much keener than ours--suffer pain. They may, however, hide it better. Not only are they proud, they instinctively know that they are at risk when in a weakened position, and by nature will attempt to hide it. But make no mistake. This is not a surgery to be taken lightly.

Your cat's body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility and beauty that is unique to felines. Its claws are an important part of this design. Amputating the important part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the conformation of their feet. The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors.

I have also had people tell me that their cat's personality changed after being declawed. Although, the medical community does not recognize this as potential side effect.

What do you think?

An update on a couple of things witnessed this morning - I did not see Neck Wound Kitty from Parsells/Garson/Hayward - his new name will be Nicky.  I pray he is around tomorrow morning and falls into the trap where Laura will then have him treated for his several years now neck wound.  The cat on Pennsylvania and Fourth - the buff red one that was pregnant - is pregnant no more.  She had her babies.  Its the fourth or fifth mama I was not able to get on time.  It makes me sick to my stomach thinking about all those babies born - of which I rescued only five of, from all those moms.  I am considering gathering up some of the friendly cats on Webster and Ferndale and bringing them to Lollipop FArm, where their cat facilities have expanded, and I hear they have room for adoptables.  Considering.  I must do something about that corner.  There are males there that are unneutered and fighting, which I am sure is a reason that these people want me out of there.  It poured buckets yesterday - not a lot of fun out there for homeless cats.  Please consider saving one.

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."


  1. With you all the way on todays blog Janine. Never was/will be a listener to "B.W". I am quite certain I am allowed to say that here, so for "B.W." supporters/fans reading this, continue to enjoy !

  2. I totally agree about the declawing Janine. But NOT Brother Wease. He's a good guy; does alot of charitable work and fundraisers and has for many years. I lost all respect for Howard when he tried coming into the Rochester airwaves and made comments about BW's daughter who has Downs Symdrome - not cool. I think he's 'nicer' now that he's married, but on his own, not a nice guy.

  3. Persons in the media, any media, have the access to give information to the public that can be accurate, :) or inaccurate, :( " knowledge on all things,.....expert on few." I really wanted to hear more about his "Hybridge" experiance at his dentist last week .

  4. I don't care for either man's shows, altho' last I heard either one was about 20 years ago! I think it's shameful that someone would let their mutilated cat outside and think she's safe. Like a mouse is much of a threat to a cat. What if it was a dog or fox she met up with instead? That kind of attitude really ticks me off, especially since a lot of people are ignorant enough to think that if Wease does it, then it's not so bad.

  5. Agree with Jessrose. Many good reasons to put this article on the blog today, it is about the cats.

  6. I think you should send that information to brother Wease and educate him n the subject. Wouldn't it be nice if he felt bad enough to pass it along on his show sometime and educate the public more than you can thru your blog.

  7. PLEASE be more than careful about bringing any to Lollypop this time of year especially. I am glad they are having such success with the FREE and $5 cat adoptions that they have room- but I still find it hard to believe that there is room for adults. Please be careful.

    and the city of rochester RAS (downtown shelter) is now offering "fee-waived" dog adoptions- $35 spay/neuter deposit required if not spayed or neutered- i don't know why they dont just make sure it is done before letting a dog go- but they are in desperate straits with dogs and have exhausted all avenues for transfer to rescue groups and foster homes and so are practically PLEADING for adoptions. please pass this information on.