This is an instructive story from the Paw Project-Utah. The story concerns a cute and beautiful long-haired tabby cat whose name is Jules. Jules is a declawed cat (front declawed). He was treated by Paw Project-Utah to remove two bone fragments left behind after the declaw operation. It is not uncommon for this rather crude and I say botched operation (by design) to leave bone shards in the paw which can become infected and develop abscesses.
Sadly, Jules is also FIV positive, which compromises his immune system. If you combine a bacterial infection in the paws with a weakened immune system you can see where it might lead: a potentially very serious health situation which could be fatal under certain circumstances.
Paw Project-Utah were able to raise money quite easily for the operation; in fact, within 72 hours which indicates a wonderful base of supporters against declawing.
Jules's story indicates to us that there are many possible complications and side-effects, some of which are unforeseen, to the declaw operation. I hope people take heed of this instructive story.