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Doug's Note: What I can't stand about the following stories is the word "mandate". Why should "officials" be sticking their noses in my business - especially when the subject does not impact human health. Microchipping may be helpful, but why should it be mandatory? Stop stepping on the rights of cat-parents. Shouldn't people make their own decisions about their pets - just as they do for their human children? Microchipping should be a personal, pet caregiver decision. You "officials" are crossing way over the boundary here. You are stepping on my rights to make my own decisions, especially when there is a risk to my pets involved: Microchip-associated fibrosarcoma in a cat
3/18/2020 "Most don’t wear a collar, so a chip is the only certain way to identify them. Members of ‘Lost and Found’ websites spend hours comparing photos to see if a lost cat is the cat that has been found a few miles away. So much trouble and heartache could be saved if cats were chipped – and their information kept up to date." - InYourArea
2/2/2020 "The charity 'Cats Protection' insists that making microchipping compulsory for all owned cats is an “essential part of responsible pet ownership”. In theory, this is a great way of bringing missing and stolen cats home – but what will it really mean for cats and their owners?... There are, however, two major flaws with the current compulsory microchipping system: optional scanning, and the lack of a single database." - The National Interest
1/30/2020 "New rules are coming for pet owners, which will mandate microchipping in cats and dogs. The new law also reduces the mandatory hold time of lost pets with identification from nine to five days. That means if a stray animal is turned in to the Hawaiian Humane Society and the owner cannot be reached — after five days the shelter takes over ownership which will allow them to provide care faster. The Hawaiian Humane Society stresses that the new law does not mean more euthanasia of more animals" - khon2.com
1/2/2020 Cat owners could have their pets seized if they fail to get them micro-chipped under new plans "The Government is consulting on making it compulsory for all Brits to get their felines chipped." "One proposal being considered is handing councils the power to seize the cats and get them microchipped." - The Sun
6/17/20 "Pet owners are furious after they failed to stop laws that will force them to walk cats on a leash and keep them indoors at night. Campbelltown Council, in Adelaide's north-west, is the latest council in South Australia to introduce bylaws to control cats. The council's new regulations will be submitted to the Dog and Cat Management Board for endorsement, despite several appeals by advocacy group Cats Assistance to Sterilise (CATS)." - Daily Mail
11/30/2019 "Cats in Europe might have to be kept on leashes, if two environmental lawyers get their way. Lawyers in the Netherlands earlier this week hinted at legal action against the Dutch government, saying it's doing nothing to protect birds." - NewsHub
11/28/2019 'Cats to be put on leashes to protect wildlife? EU says No' In a short, yet important announcement, and in a stunning reversal of ideology, the European Union says that putting domestic cats on leashes to better protect threatened birds “would deny mankind’s furry friend its unalienable right to roam.” "The EU’s executive said Thursday that it is “a strong defender of free movement rights — including of cats” and “categorically” denied it would ever force cats to be kept indoors or on a leash, as one scientific study suggests." - AP News
11/28/2019 "Yes, as ridiculous as it sounds, according to two lawyers from Tilburg University, letting your house cat go outside and roam around freely is illegal. Arie Trouwborst and Han Somsen's declaration is based on the European rules for nature protection and is published in the Journal of Environmental Law." - IAmExpat
10/30/2019 "Cats will now have to be walked on leashes under new laws that ban them from going outside alone. Darwin council in the Northern Territory enforced the new Cat Containment Policy in the developing suburb of Muirhead on Tuesday night. The council introduced the policy to help reduce the impacts from domestic cats on the environment. The new laws were also set in place to stop attacks from cats on other animals." DailyMail
10/30/2019 "Seeing a dog on a leash outdoors is something completely natural. For decades we have been taking our pooches out for walks because not only do they need the exercise, it's good getting them out of the house to interact with nature and maybe some other dogs. But it's a hell of a lot stranger seeing cats on leashes." - LAD Bible
11/2/2019 "Pet owners are being forced to walk their beloved moggies on leashes after a local council proposed a bizarre new law that BANS CATS FROM GOING OUTSIDE. Muirhead is a small suburban development in the Northern Territory of Australia. The local population are well-known for their love of kitties, and there's plenty of wide-open spaces for the cats to explore. But their adventures have been put on hold after the council introduced laws that ban cats from playing outside alone." - Wamiz
Insanity - Putting your furniture before your cat's welfare
You are NEVER going to stop your cat from scratching things. That's the way they are. Spraying water bottle mists at them isn't going to change their inner nature. They won't understand such absurd negativity on your part. They also won't understand why you are shouting at them threateningly and waving your arms. Want your cat to stop scratching your furniture? Provide an alternative scratching area in a major traffic area. A BIG scratching post is nice, but a 3' x 3' sisal floor mat mounted vertically on a wall (especially a wall with a corner) will work even better.
2/26/2020 "Practices belonging to the largest owner of veterinary clinics in the United States no longer declaw cats as a convenience to owners, reflecting growing consensus in the profession that the procedure is cruel and unnecessary. The new policies at Banfield Pet Hospitals, VCA and BluePearl Pet Hospitals, owned by Mars Inc., affect some 2,000 veterinary clinics in the United States." - VIN News Service
2/24/2020 "New Jersey is closer to banning the declawing of cats. Veterinarians who declaw will face a $1,000 fine under a proposed bill. It passed out of committee Monday. Supporters say declawing is cruel and should not be done because a cat is destroying property. Opponents argue declawing is better than surrendering a cat to a shelter where it may be euthanized." - 3CBS Philly
2/20/2020 "Pretty soon you may not be able to get your cat declawed in Michigan. A bill introduced at the state capitol on Wednesday would make it illegal for veterinarians to perform the surgery." "This was a terrible procedure to put these cats through," says State Rep. Shannon." - wilx.com
1/31/2020 "After an early stumble, Florida lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to ban the practice of declawing cats. The bill would impose hefty fines on anyone who removes a cat’s claws to protect furniture or drapes. The Senate Agriculture Committee approved the bill 4-1 earlier this week. Two more committees have not yet scheduled votes on the measure." - WUFT
1/2020 "The American Veterinary Medical Association has revised its policy on cat declaws, opting to discourage the procedure rather than rely on client education as a way to shed light on other options." - Today's Veterinary Business
2/19/2020 "My veterinary practice has been receiving an increased number of phone calls asking if we declaw cats. Declawing is an ethically controversial procedure that entails amputation of the third “toe bone.” In comparison to a human, it is the same as cutting off the finger at the last joint. There are effective alternatives." - Los Altos Town Crier
"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." "Many people, including animal lovers, do not realize that declawing is a surgical procedure in which the animal’s toes are amputated at the last joint. A portion of the bone, not just the nail, is removed. Declawing may result in permanent lameness, arthritis, and other long-term complications. The practice, although common in the United States, is actually illegal in many countries. Great Britain’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons goes so far as to declare declawing “unnecessary mutilation.” - PawProject.org
1/17/2020 "Massachusetts and New Hampshire both have legislation on the table that would ban the declawing of cats, except in cases where it is a medical necessity. The practice used to be much more common, and was often recommended by veterinarians, but Mike Keiley, Director of Adoption and Programs at MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center, tells WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers that's changed." - WBZ NewsRadio 1030
12/14/2019 "Cats would keep their claws under a bill that would make New Jersey the first state to prohibit declawing. The measure, which cleared the lower chamber of the Legislature last month, bans onychectomies and flexor tendonectomies on a cat or any animal unless a veterinarian deems them medically necessary. Sponsors in the state Senate are reviewing possible changes, and it‘s not clear when it will move forward." - Wellston Journal
12/13/2019 "While more veterinarians are speaking out about the potentially harmful long-term effects of feline declawing (onychectomy), the profession remains divided about this controversial topic. Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made New York the first state to ban feline declawing, calling it a “cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals.” - dvm360
12/13/2019 "The Board of Alderman on Friday voted 21-1 to approve a measure to prohibit the declawing of cats. The bill, sponsored by Alderman Christine Ingrassia, D-6th Ward, would make it illegal for veterinarians in the city to conduct such operations unless medically necessary for the animal." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
11/27/2019 "It is telling how vet students at UW-Madison are taught about declawing cats. “It’s combined in a lecture with other amputation procedures, because that is what it is,” says Dr. Ruthanne Chun, associate dean for clinical affairs and hospital director at UW School of Veterinary Medicine. Declawing is often misunderstood as a procedure where only the nails of a cat are removed. But it is far more invasive." - Isthmus
11/13/2019 "New York state passed a historic law banning cat owners from declawing their cats this year. The debate on whether it is humane to declaw cats has been going on for decades, but why is it such a big deal? And if it is a big deal, then why are Americans just now starting to realize this procedure’s inhumaneness? America is the only country that still allows the declawing of cats; or ethically we don’t care about it. Most countries consider it illegal or only perform it in extreme circumstances. These countries consider it similar to an amputation because while we say it’s the equivalent of getting your fingernails cut off, it’s really “like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle,” according to the Humane Society. And all for what? So your cat doesn’t scratch up a carpet or some furniture? " - The Greyhound
10/29/2019 " I appreciate you sharing your experiences with declawed cats, but this is a wholly radical procedure that can have lifelong adverse physical and behavioral consequences. More details are available in my review of this issue on my website (drfoxonehealth.com). In many countries, declawing is considered an unethical practice for veterinarians to engage in." Tulsa World
10/25/2019 "A national effort by animal welfare groups to bar the declawing of cats has reached the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. Alderman Christine Ingrassia, D-6th Ward, on Friday introduced a bill that would make it illegal to conduct such surgery in the city unless it’s medically necessary." - St.Louis Post-Dispartch
10/25/2019 "When Gina, a 10-year-old cat, was brought in to the Harmony House for Cats in Chicago, it was quickly discovered that she had a bad biting problem. A veterinarian for the shelter did an X-ray on Gina’s paws and discovered several leftover fragments from when she had been declawed, a procedure that includes the amputation of the last bone of each toe. The vet then had to perform another surgery to remove those extra fragments." - ChicagoTribune
12/5/2019 "She was devastated after losing her cat, but then she lost hundreds, almost thousands, of dollars, thanks to a convincing website claiming to sell exotic kittens. Now, the Kansas City woman has a warning: Don't buy cats online if you don't know the seller, especially when you're going to be tempted by adorable pictures of kittens." - fox4kc.com
12/12/2019 "The holidays are a popular time for many people to add a new pet to their family. If you're searching online for a specific breed, make sure the person or place you're working with will not just take your money. A Fayetteville woman learned that lesson the hard way." - ABC11News.com
1/27/2020 "A new bipartisan bill cosponsored by Virginia Sens. Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax) and Bill Stanley (R-Franklin) would protect dogs and cats from experiments not required by U.S. federal law or regulation. If enacted, it would also spare animals the terror of being packed and confined during long international transport to be used in experiments in other countries, including in Japan and Taiwan, where animal protection laws and regulations are lax or nonexistent." - PETA
1/6/2020 "For cats, whiskers are much more than facial adornments that add to their cuteness, Dr. Neil Marrinan of the Old Lyme Veterinary Hospital in Connecticut. says. They serve as high-powered antennae that pull signals into their brain and nervous system." - Patch.com
10/28/2019 "A Russian security researcher said she accidentally found a way to hack and take over all Xiaomi pet feeders located across the world. In a series of messages published on her private Telegram channel last week, Anna Prosvetova, a security researcher from Saint Petersburg, Russia, said she identified vulnerabilities in the backend API and firmware of Xiaomi FurryTail smart pet feeders." - ZDNet
10/21/2019 "If the thought of training your pet cat seems like a difficult feat, consider the daunting task of training one of nature's biggest cats. After welcoming two 4-year-old Sumatran tigers, Frances and Huntley, the keepers at Nashville Zoo are doing just that. The training program, which is sponsored by TEMPTATIONS™ Cat Treats, is on display for the public to learn about how these colossal cats are trained." - CISION
10/16/19 "If you are considering adopting a long-haired cat or already have one you can expect to spend some time every day or nearly every day grooming her." -McAlester News-Capital
10/12/2019 "Keeping your cat well-groomed and clean is essential, not only for their health but happiness too. Maintaining your cat eyes, ears, paws, teeth, and coat are crucial grooming tasks that need to be done on a regular basis. Here are five tips to help your beloved pet with their grooming routine." - FactualFacts
10/12/2019 "If your child’s first friend has four legs, here’s good news: per a recent study in Pediatrics, kids living in homes with dogs get sick less often than those in pet-free homes. Another study found that babies who lived with cats or dogs had fewer allergies later in life. And living with a pet can help curious little ones begin to develop empathy and kindness toward others." - Northeast Ohio Parent
10/12/2019 "What does grain-free mean? What is Guaranteed Analysis? In “Choosing the Best Cat Food” by Vanessa Voltolina in PetMD, it was noted that cat owners do not really know what they should look for while reading cat food labels to ensure their pets will stay healthy and feel satisfied." - manilastandard
10/07/2019 "Yarn, Wires, Himalayan Salt Lamps, Bones, Mini Blinds, Treated Toilet Water, Flowers & Plants, Bread Dough, Liquid Potpourri, etc." - DailyNewsView
7/24/2019 "Many of us will have experienced that super friendly cat who seems to love being stroked one minute, only to bite or swipe at us the next. It might be easy at this point to blame it on the cat, but what's likely happening here is that we're just not stroking them right." - LiveScience
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