City the Kitty is a beautiful manx cat, who has wonderful multi-toed feet! He and his human are fiercely opposed to de-clawing cats, and they put out a calendar and book to help raise funds toward the goal of ending this abhorrent practice. How could I say no? The photo book is adorable; City is photogenic, and he's adorable! The calendar is cute; I just have to figure out where to hang it at the office.
City the Kitty was featured on an episode of Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell"; here's a YouTube video. Look at those big paws! Polydactyl cats (sometimes called Hemingway, mitten or thumb cats) have extra toes, but they cannot yet open their own cat food cans.
City the Kitty and The Paw Project are working hard to raise awareness to fight against the all-too common procedure of surgically removing cats' toes to the first knuckle on their front feet, or sometimes on all four, because people are either talked into it, or they've always done it in the past. That mindset has to END, and the veterinarian's who perform the surgery need change their thought process. De-clawed cats have a higher return rate to shelters, due to emotional and physical problems that stem from the procedure. The cats are often in pain, or bite due to the loss of their normal defense mechanism: their claws! De-claw does NOT keep a cat in it's home, which is common mantra given by professionals as to why they continue to do it. Public awareness needs to rise, and luckily, legislatures in both New Jersey and New York states are considering making it ILLEGAL!
Please consider supporting City the Kitty and The Paw Project; they are on the front lines, trying to keep toes on our cat friends! I paid $14.99 plus shipping for the pawtographed book and wall calendar.