Posts tagged "declaw"

Declaw the Cat or Not?

Declaw the Cat or Not?
Q: I want to have my 6-year-old male cat declawed. I’ve purchased scratching posts, but he ignores them. What else can I do? — D.P., via cyberspace A: Keep in mind that all cats need to scratch; even declawed cats go through the motions. Of course, without claws, they can no longer harm furniture. However,... Read more »

Perfect Kitties Like Their Nails Trimmed, & More Comments for You

Perfect Kitties Like Their Nails Trimmed, & More Comments for You
Here are some reader responses to answers in recent columns. I always appreciate reader input. Email anytime with questions or answers at steve@stevedale.tv. You can also find me on Facebook. COMMENT: “My kitties are perfect in every way. Thanks so much for sharing your love and knowledge of animals. Today, the subject of declawing came... Read more »

To Scratch or Not to Scratch, Declaw Not Required

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I no fan of declaw, instead amputating kittens (really, it’s what a declaw is) on HouseSmarts TV with Lou Manfredini, I talk about how to train a cat to scratch in all the right places. It can be done. Please don’t declaw any cat…but kittens? It’s crazy, cruel and not necessary.   Type your email... Read more »
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Cat Survey: Help Experts to Better Understand Cats, Why and Where they Scratch

Cat Survey: Help Experts to Better Understand Cats, Why and Where they Scratch
Cat behavior is sometimes mysterious, that is true, in part because it hasn’t been studied as much a dog behavior. University of California, Davis and veterinary behaviorists want to know more about cats: Take this survey HERE.   If you have a cat, taking this simple survey will help to better understand cats, and their... Read more »

Adopt A Cat Month Reader Questions: Declaw Issue; No Walkers for Cats; Kittens and Birds

Adopt A Cat Month Reader Questions: Declaw Issue; No Walkers for Cats; Kittens and Birds
Continuing to celebrate  that June is American Humane Association Adopt a Cat Month, this column (from my national newspaper column)  is devoted to cat questions. Q: I don’t believe in declawing. My husband wants me to declaw a kitten we recently adopted from a shelter. For starters, the shelter contract specifies that we never declaw.... Read more »

To Declaw or Not to Declaw, That is a Question: But Should It Be?

To Declaw or Not to Declaw, That is a Question: But Should It Be?
What’s up with cat owners? At least according to an AP/Pedside.com poll, most pet owners (55 percent) suggest that declawing is fine, it’s humane. We don’t want the cat scratching here…Or on the kids. Some answer with declaw surgery When all pet owners were asked about declaw, nearly 60 percent were on board with the... Read more »
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West Hollywood Bans Pet Store Sales of Dogs and Cats

The West Hollywood City Council passed legislation that would ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores within the West Hollywood area. The law allows for shelter and rescue animals to be adopted from stores, however (and that is good). On the surface, this is a good thing since about dogs and cats... Read more »
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