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Andy had to go to the vet this week because he developed a cough. It’s not an infection so we decided it was probably a reaction to all the dust we’ve stirred up while trying to clear out our house. He and Robin were most affected by it, so they’re on antibiotics. We tease him and say that it’s just because he likes the pink bubblegum juice.
Why Declawing is a Bad Idea (An 1-minute guide)
More about declawing:
Paw Project (awesome documentary on declawing)
Humane Society’s stance on declawing
Specific complications of declawing:
Alternatives to declawing:
Sticky paws (furniture scratch deterrent)
Soft paws (nail caps)
Big thanks to Diane Kang who popped out of NYU to draw cats for me.
Cats also relieve their stress through scratching. They use their whole bodies when they stretch out and scratch on carpet, cat posts, etc. When you remove their claws, you take away a huge form of stress relief. This can cause anxiety, depression, and bad behaviors because they can’t constructively let out their pent-up need to scratch.
And although anecdotes do not equal evidence, I have heard of a cat that lost an entire front leg because of an infection that set in almost immediately after being declawed.
He wouldn’t get off the counter while I was trying to cut a lemon so he got a lemony hat.
I have been a cat owner my whole life and I literally never knew that tiger lilies and stargazers were also highly toxic to cats. Even drinking the water from the vase that lilies are in can kill the cat! I brought in a tiger lily from our yard today and just thought to look it up and found out (and of course removed the lily from our house as soon as I saw). How scary!
Other toxic flowers for cats:
- Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
- Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
- Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
- Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
- Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
- Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
- Lilies (Lilium sp.)
- Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
- Oleander (Nerium oleander)
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
- Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
- Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
- Yew (Taxus sp.)
Important info for cat friends!!!