Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Farewell, Gracie

Another of our dear friends has crossed The Rainbow Bridge.  
Gracie, from Brian's Home Blog flew away to be with her Alex.
Please visit them, and share a few words of comfort.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Farewell, Sunny

Angel Sunny, now at The Rainbow Bridge.

Colehaus Cats lost Sunny recently.  
Please stop on over at their blog or FB page, and let her humans know that you care.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Blog The Change For Animals: End Declawing

Blog the Change for Animals (#BtC4A) is a quarterly opportunity for bloggers to post about an animal-related cause that is near and dear to that blogger’s heart.

Onychectomy or phalangectomy is the excision of toe bone, meaning amputation of the ends of cat's paw bones, to completely remove the claw.  The result is a cat who walks on the stubs of the missing bone, often causing pain, litter box issues, and aggression such as biting.  At this point, 22 countries have outlawed this procedure, and the Canadian province of Nova Scotia has recently made it illegal, as well as Denver, Colorado.  West Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City in California made it illegal several years ago.

So, why does one side fight so hard against declawing, while on the other side thousands of cats every day continue to undergo this mutilation?  The history of declawing is vague; I find information that dog fighters would have a cat declawed to use it as bait for training, or how declawing developed in the 1970's as more cats became 'inside-only'.  But just because it once was considered 'normal', has been proven to be harmful and even dangerous for the cat.

From Wikipedia:
Ethical viewpoints on declawing in the US
Declawing is widely practiced but ethically controversial within the American veterinary community. Some American and Canadian veterinarians endorse the procedure, while some have criticized and refused to perform it. Two animal protection organizations in the US, the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, discourage the procedure. The Humane Society of the United States has supported legislation banning or restricting declawing. Multiple surveys and polls taken from 2011 reveal that the majority of United States cat owners are against declawing, believing the practice to be cruel. These surveys also suggest that the U.S. public believes that the majority of veterinarians who perform declawings only do so because it is a lucrative practice.
Opposition to attempts to ban or restrict declawing has come from veterinary trade organizations, such as the California Veterinary Medical Association. On the other hand, the American Veterinary Medical Association states that declawing "should be considered only after attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively or when its clawing presents a zoonotic risk for its owner(s)."  Surveys suggest that 95% of declaw surgeries are done to protect furniture.
Bold not in the original text; I added it.

So, where do we go from here?

Other than convincing our politicians to move to change ordinances and laws, each one of us can make a difference, and I don't mean by just donating money.  YOU can talk to your family members, friends, ladies in your book club, the guy behind you in the check out line. 


If you hear that someone has a cat, or considering getting a kitten, gently bring up the topic of declawing.  If they are against it, they'll let you know!  If they don't know, or believe it to be an okay procedure, tell them that science says the cat is irreparably harmed, and most likely will have aggression problems, pain problems, arthritis and a reduced sense of goodwill toward humans.  Go to the FAQs page at The Paw Project and have a 30 second speech on the benefits of a cat with claws.

We won't win everyone over, but for every win, there is a cat that lives it's life as a whole feline. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Eastside Cats Goes To The Dogs

Folks, a couple of weird things happened at the office.

First, a coworker called me to ask if I knew how long a dog could have kennel cough.  Well, golly...I dunno, I have cats!  So, I questioned my dog friends via FB, and they said that kennel cough can last for weeks, and may turn into something worse.  Most suggested a second opinion.  When I relayed that info to him via email, he sent back to me that his dog has now been officially diagnosed with bronchitis, and they are treating it properly.

Bummer!  I feel sorry for this family, as this is their first dog.  They went on vacation, kenneling the dog, and now this!  Coworker promised to keep me informed on how his pup is doing.  I did NOT remind him that I suggested he'd adopt a couple of cats, when he first discussed getting a pet. 😸

Second, just after the kennel cough incident, one of our upper management people stopped me in the hallway, asking if I knew a good dog veterinarian in the area!  Nonplussed, I said that I didn't know, but would ask around.

I sent an office wide email, and got almost a dozen responses!  I dutifully turned the info over, and she said her daughter was adopting a new puppy and appreciated the recommendations.  As much as I tried to convince her to adopt a cat instead 😸, I was promised photos of puppy soon.

Being an executive administrative assistant, I'm in the office to ASSIST.  Usually, it's to set up a meeting, cater a customer lunch,  update spreadsheets or handouts, make sure badges work, yadda yadda yadda.  However, it's nice to know that folks think I can answer any question, and I usually can...because I've got connections! 😸

Since I've yet to receive images of these two dogs, I thought I'd show you another coworker's German Shepherds, who just happened to turn a year old.  And this coworker will tell you that I put in a lot of effort to convince her that she'd really enjoy CATS instead! 😸

Macey, left and Maverick, right
8 weeks old

Macey, left and Maverick, right
I year old!

Friday, July 13, 2018

This And That

Saw this license plate on my way to work today.
'Gato' means 'cat' in several languages,
but I cannot figure out what Rowgato means?
The PO'M has begun to bite my phone!
I mean, I take photos of him constantly...but I've been doing that for
over four years now!
He will also chew on my earbud wires.
Paddy, my sweetheart...what gives?

Last night, Angel and I had a quiet moment together.  Both The Hubby and I are not 100% convinced that she's okay in her lonely upstairs apartment, so we each visit with her as often as time allows.  For me, sometimes this is only when I'm dressing for work in the morning, or getting ready for bed in the evening.  Yet yesterday, she purred and we held paws, and all was right with the world in that moment.