cat paws

When I first moved out on my own for the first time, I got an apartment with a couple of friends and their cat. I asked that they declaw him first, for fear of damage to furniture and the potential for scratches to my legs, arms, etc. They declawed his front paws, leaving the back paws alone so he had some form of defense if he ever got out.

I didn’t know back then what I do now – declawing is not just like cutting a cat’s fingernails. In fact, it’s very painful and I regret that I was the catalyst for pain for this particular cat. I know better now, and if ever I find myself in a living situation with another feline, I will do better.

Because of this story from my past I’m thankful for the opportunity to spread the word about a screening of The Paw Project. June is Adopt a Cat Month, and the information in this documentary is need-to-know for any potential adopter. Following are all the details you’ll need to learn more about the film and the organization behind it.

WHEN: Saturday, June 8th at 8 PM
WHAT: Free screening followed by an informal reception with a menu of vegan hors d’oeuvres and a Q&A with filmmaker and Paw Project founder Dr. Jennifer Conrad, DVM
WHERE: Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, 24855 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California
RSVP: or 310-795-6215

About the FilmThe Paw Project documentary is an inspiring David and Goliath story of a grassroots movement to protect felines, both large and small, from the cruelty of declawing and how the movement has prevailed, despite the efforts of well-funded professional veterinary associations.

In the United States today, approximately 25% of domesticated cats are declawed.  Declawing is the amputation of the last bone in a cat’s toes.  Despite the physical and behavioral harm inflicted on cats who are declawed, many veterinarians continue to recommend the procedure, which costs upwards of $1,200. per hour – even for very young kittens.

These are animals we love, and with whom we share our homes.  Why aren’t we being told the truth about what the declawing procedure involves?  The Paw Project documentary chronicles the happy and unexpected twist of fate that led to the protection of many animals through the grassroots advocacy efforts led by Dr. Conrad and The Paw Project. Find out more about the film at

About the Paw Project: The Paw Project’s mission is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate cats that have been declawed. Find out more at

For those of you already living with feline companions, give them a big hug – it’s Hug Your Cat Day, after all. Here’s to doing the least harm.

Photo credit: fishtuna via Flickr