When Family Betrays Their Declawed Cat, Woman Steps in To Save Her


Written by Patricia Bentley on Michigan

I had a cat for 21 years who I had gotten as a kitten. One horrible day she had a stroke and was unable to walk, she just crawled. It was the hardest thing I think I ever had to do. I took her to the vet to have her put to sleep. I held her in my arms and watched my beautiful cat go to sleep forever. I said I can’t ever do this again, I’ll never get another cat. Famous last words, right?

My brother said you need a cat since I am a widow and live alone. He called me one day and said I know where you can get a kitten, so away we went.

When we got there, all the kittens were gone. I saw the mother cat walking in the yard and petted her.

The woman said, “Why don’t you take THAT, nobody wants her, I got her for my daughter and she is tired of her.”

We were so disgusted with her, and although I wanted a kitten, I took her. My brother and I were so mad at the woman for saying what she did about this poor cat, I wasn’t about to leave her there.

When I got her home, I thought, “What did I do?” I wasn’t prepared in any way for a cat.

We stopped and got litter and a litter box for her. The woman had given me dry food for her, and come to find out, it was dog food. I had nothing to feed her so I gave her a can of tuna. She ate the whole thing, she was so hungry.

I don’t know how many litter of kittens she had since, of course, they hadn’t had her spayed but they did have her declawed and then thrown outside with no way to defend herself. Of course, she wanted to go outside but she didn’t give me too much trouble about it.

Then she started coughing, so I took her to the vet. When she was x-rayed, they found she had been shot with a pellet gun, which was still in her. Scar tissue had grown around it so the vet said we didn’t have to remove it. She gave her a shot and meds and she finally stopped coughing.

Of course I fell madly in love with this little Calico cat (she has little short legs and short body to match.) It took me two months to get her to purr, but now she is the most loveable little cat. I am so glad I rescued her.

I’m not sure how old she is, because when I asked the woman, she just said, “Oh I’m not sure, two or three. I don’t know.”

I got her in 2005 and she is doing great, a little on the pudgy side but what a sweetheart. I also got her a friend, a male kitten whose name is Ollie. He is five now and they love each other. So much for me never getting another cat.

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Julie C.
Past Member 3 years ago

ty for taking her, I would have done same thing because I would have been mad also. you saved her from future breeding and she is lucky to have you. it makes you feel really good when you do things like that. your a great person

Judie B.
Judie B3 years ago

I said the same thing after my beloved Persian, Mozart, was gone. But now I have two rescued hairballs that were both abandoned. They're both lap cats, but, fortunately, take turns and don't fight over lap time.

Chaz Berlusconi
Gail Ring3 years ago

so glad to hear this puddicat has a happy ending.. some people need to be shot.. and never allowed to own animals

Nadine Selvage
Nadine Selvage3 years ago

lets be their voice..this is why i prefer animals to humans..

Margaret B.
Margaret B3 years ago

when a beloved animal family member dies it leaves a big hole in your heart and soul. Be open to having another one - not to replace the one lost to you but, as is often the case, to give another animal the love and care it needs and deserves.
You won't regret it and will be repaid 10 fold.

Marilyn Sabella
Marilyn Sabella3 years ago

It always stuns and horrifies me when I hear of someone who has animals and doesn't realize what a precious responsibility they have undertaken. So glad this story has a happy ending!

Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

I am so glad this dear kitty found a good home.

Wisteria K.
Past Member 4 years ago

What a sweet story

Millie O'Connor
Millie O4 years ago

Lyn N., my feelings exactly! I'd like to knock the bitch on her a$$! And you're 100% on the mark about people like that do NOT have a soul. They're evil and scary. If I had my way, all animal abusers would be kept out of society, and sent to live elsewhere all together so they can abuse each other. They don't belong among us.

Lyn N.
Neela N4 years ago

It should be make illegal to ever declaw a cat...no exceptions! It's just plain wrong.
I've 6 rescue cats...well, they all came out of one alley or another and they are perfect....as cats tend to be anyways.
I love all animals but cats seem to be something special...imo.
I would have like to smacked the woman who would ever say that about a living being that she brought into her house and then treated she the way she did...ppl like that don't have a soul, let alone any compassion.