Should You Declaw Your Cat

Should you or should you not declaw your cat is always a hot debate among cat lovers. Does it matter? What are the positives and what are the negatives? Who’s to say who’s right? Oh, the thousands of questions that arises when both parties play devil’s advocate. There is no right or wrong answer…it depends on the individual, but lets explore some more so you can decide for yourself.

Cat declawing is the permanent removal of a cat’s claws. Declawing is a permanent and painful surgery for cats. It is looked down upon and considered inhumane and in European countries it is illegal and considered unnecessary mutilation (Schelling). Declawing to those who are not considered cat lovers is considered to be a quick fix to the scratching and destruction that cats inflict upon furniture and other home items. But before considering declawing your cat think about the negative effects it will impose.

Negative Effects of Declawing (Humane Society)

-Lameness: poses a long term risk
-Behavioral problems
-Medical drawbacks
-Back pain
-Infection
-Landing

Positive Effects of Declawing (Eckstein)

-Irreparable claw damage
-Tumors
-Cancer
-Human (owner) immune deficiency to bacteria

By simply glancing at the preceding comparison of negative and positive effects, clearly the negative outweighs the positive. Researchers suggest that most cast declawing is done solely for the benefit of the owner’s personal belongings. Are you willing to take risk of declawing your cat in order to save a couch or your floor?

Declawing is nothing short of a harmless painful process. The surgery is equally as painful as the recovery process. To shed some light on the process, declawing requires amputation of the very last bone of the cat’s toes. In order to get to this part of the claw, the surgeon must cut the padding of the paw open (Schelling). According to Eckstein, declawing can be compared to removing a human’s finger at the very last knuckle (now that’s something to think about). Sounds gruesome and it is gruesome. So, what can be done to prevent cats from scratching and causing damage to your personal items?

There are multiple solutions to cat scratching. One of the best solutions is to start training the cat at an early age. The ideal time to train cats not to scratch is at 8 weeks old, which is when they first start (2014). Videos can be found online, classes can be taken, and books can be read on how to train your cat. A second option is to utilize claw caps (top rated is Soft Paws). These are plastic caps that can easily be placed over the cats claws that are harmless and pain free. Lastly, which is probably the most common method, is claw trimming. Trimming is a technique conducted by your local vet or grooming center. This should also be started at a young age so the cat becomes accustomed to it. It’s decision-making time…

Should you declaw your cat?

REFERENCES:

Declawing Cats: Far Worse Than a Manicure. (2014, May 12). Retrieved March 31, 2016, from http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/declawing.html

Eckstein, S. (n.d.). Declawing Cats Q&A: Positives, Negatives, and Alternatives. Retrieved March 31, 2016, from http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/declawing-cats-positives-negatives-alternatives

Schelling, C. (n.d.). What You Need To Know About Declawing – Declawing.com. Retrieved March 31, 2016, from http://www.declawing.com/

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Discount On Organic Cat Grass

organic-cat-grass Tis the season to save on organic cat grass from Lucy’s Cat Grass!

Well sell a variety of seed kits and seeds for growing cat grass for your pet including oat grass, wheat grass and our very own unique variety, Lucy’s Special Buck Oat Grass.

Our organic cat grass make great gifts for your cat or someone else’s. And don’t forget our other products such as our popular cat litter scooper and cat gift sets.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF INTERACTING WITH YOUR CAT

Pet Talk: Benefits of Interacting with Cats
Pet Talk: Benefits of Interacting with Cats
The health benefits of having a cat

We’ve all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” But have you ever considered interacting with your pet as another way to prevent doctor visits? Many people are experiencing the social and health advantages of interacting with their four-legged friends. The proof is not only evident in happy pet owners’ faces, but also in recent studies.

Professionals and researchers have found specific benefits in cat ownership. For many people, cats offer social companionship without the fear of judgement. Having a cat around can prevent loneliness and depression and even improve your mood in general. Companionship through a cat is especially beneficial to those who live alone or are widowed. Dr. Jonathon Lidbury, assistant professor in the feline internal medicine department at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains the key advantages of owning a cat.

“Cats offer companionship, which is especially beneficial to people who are socially isolated due to various reasons,” he said. “Cats also offer stress relief and light exercise if you play with them.”

Besides social interaction and a reduced risk of suffering from social diseases like depression, cats also offer many health benefits. In fact, the positive emotions you experience from playing or cuddling with your feline can help boost your immune system. Cats can also sense when their owners are sick and often offer them company. This can help you feel better even sooner.

Although it is common to find someone who is allergic to cats, studies show that young children or infants who are exposed to cats often develop fewer allergies. Early and frequent exposure to cats may also prevent future upper respiratory problems in children as well.

For many people, interacting with their cat provides a sense of comfort and relief from everyday stress. Caring for another creature and being sensitive to their needs can help distract cat owners from their daily struggles, worries, and negative emotions. By lowering stress levels, cat owners may experience lower blood pressure as well as less anxiety.

Cats are smart and independent animals that are also naturally clean, making them a great choice for a pet. Combined with their many health benefits, the low maintenance aspect of cat ownership creates a great opportunity for companionship.

“Cats offer a great balance between being easy to take care of but at the same time being very good companions,” Lidbury said. “They are playful, intelligent and engaging pets that are very fun to take care of.”

– See more at: http://moderncat.com/articles/pet-talk-benefits-interacting-cats/77507#sthash.8ZkEbUUR.dpuf

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