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Reasons why we Should not Declaw Cats

Most people believe that declawing cats is harmless. They think that it is a ‘quick fix’ to unwanted scratches. What they don’t know is declawing can make cats not want to use their litter box or are more likely to bite. Also, what they do not know is that when you declaw cats, it can bring about lasting problems for your cat.

Many countries have banned cat declawing unless it is necessary for medical reasons like removal of cancerous nail tumors. People with immunodeficiency or bleeding disorders may be advised that their health may be protected when they declaw their cats.

However, health specialists do not advice declawing on the dangers of declawing cats. The risk from scratches is not as fatal as that from bites or fleas carried around b their cats.

Is declawing a cat painful?

 

Too often, many people think that to declaw cats is to simply remove a cat’s nail -Just as trimming your fingernails. Sadly, that is not the truth. Declawing involves amputation of the last bone of the toe. If the procedure was to be performed on a human, it would be like cutting the last knuckle of each finger.

The procedure has no medical benefit to your cat. You should train your cat to use their claws in a manner that pleases everyone in your household. When you declaw cats, they feel pain in the paw; they are susceptible to infections, increased chances of lameness, and back pain.

Removing your cat’s claws changes the way their feet meets the ground, and causes similar pain to wearing uncomfortable shoes. Claws that are not properly removed can re-grow and cause nerve damage and bone spurs.

How long Does it Take for cat’s Paws to Heal after declawing?

The cat declaw healing process can be easy or slightly difficult depending on the age and the overall health of the cat. The recovery process may be smooth or take quite a while, and this depends on the cat. The average healing time takes two to six weeks on average.

After the procedure, it is advised to confine your cat in one area and replace their litter box with shredded newspaper to avoid further injury and infection.

It usually takes time for the cat to gain full energy after the declawing process. Some cats can walk the following day after the surgery while others take longer. If there are no complications, your cat will heal in two to three weeks.

But why should you put your cat under this? I have had stories of people regretting to have declawed their cats claiming it’s cruel and makes the cat even more aggressive.

Declaw Cats Considerations

 

Before agreeing to declaw your cat, you should research for proper scratching behaviors to help their cat to stop being destructive. Scratching in cats is normal and uses this behavior to mark their territory. If your cat has destructive scratching behavior, you should research for alternatives other than declawing them.

The procedure should be performed only on medical reasons and not for cosmetic reasons. Declawing will cause extreme pain a few days after surgery, and this will cause pain when the cat is walking, running, and jumping.

If you feel declawing your cat is necessary, it is best if it is performed when your cat is still young since kittens tend to recover faster than older cats.

Complications associated with declawing your cat include but are not limited to;

  • Inflammation and infection
  • Severe pain
  • Nerve paralysis
  • Regrowth of the claw brought by improper claw removal
  • Anesthetic death
What are alternatives to declawing a cat?

 

Declawing your cat is a cruel act and always considers it when it is the last option. Did you know that you can train your cat from not scratching and destroying your household? Yes indeed, cats too can be trained just like dogs. It is not as hard as it sounds; here are tips you can use to train your cat.

If you do not want your cat to damage your home with unwanted scratches, you can try out the below tips.

  • Keep your cat’s claws trimmed to help them not scratch your belongings.
  • Have stable scratching posts and boards in your home. You can use different materials on the posts and board. You can also use toys or catnip to entice your cat to use the boards.
  • Position the board or post near your cat’s sleeping spot, or near the furniture they like to scratch.
  • Always rewards your cat with treats every time they use the post or board.
  • Never hit your cat if they scratch your sofa. Just say ‘NO’ and relocate the cat to the appropriate scratching post, and reward them when they use it.
  • Use special tape on your seats and furniture to deter your cat from scratching them.
Do Cats personalities change after declawing?

Just take a moment and look through a cat’s world. Removing him from his safe environment and taking him to the vet where he gets poked with a needle, and wakes up with throbbing pain in his paws.

For the next few weeks, his feet are sore and unable to walk properly or use his paws. He may start to associate the pain he feels while using his litter box to the litter box itself. This will make him fear using the litter box.

The behavior of a cat changes after you declaw them. They may start biting and urinating outside the litter box. Also, they are likely not to trust how you handle them, and are prone to elimination disorder.

Our toes are important since they help us maintain our balance. It is not different for cats! Because of the impaired balance, declawed cats learn how to walk again, just as you would after losing your toes. Then, why should you subject this to your cat? If it is not medical wise, please never declaw your cat. It is the cruelest thing you could ever do to them!

The Changing Trends of Pet Toys

Before the digital and social media reigned over our collective consciousness, having pets and spending time with them were a personal concept. To many of us, may be, it still is, but for many more pet owners, things now need to be ‘shareable’.

Pet toys have not been able to escape the trend. Earlier, a wicker ball for your cat, tennis ball for your dog would have been perfect. Not so anymore.

As technology becomes more and more prominent in our lives, there are two main driving forces affecting the landscape of pet toys – photogenicity and interactivity.

PHOTOGENICITY

Is it instagrammable? The pet industry was not so fashionable a decade ago. But pet owners are getting increasingly conscious of how their pets appear in photos. They are concerned about how the dog’s collar compliments their outfits, but they are also being drawn to toys that appear good on camera.

This aspect of pet toys is becoming increasingly significant, as social media continues to grow and the younger generation starts to dominate the market.

‘Stark Raving Cat’, a US based company, offers a range of such toys. They offer catnip joints, which look like, well regular joints. Your cat posing with a catnip joint is very instagrammable!

INTERACTIVITY

Spending quality time with your pets can lead to a stronger connection with them, and that is beneficial for the health of everyone involved. Interactive toys make the pet’s playtime more fulfilling and augment the bond between the pet owner and the pet. Interactive toys are ones thatlead to a collaboration of playtime between both pet and pet owner.

Industry experts have pointed out towards a growing demand from pet owners for fun and innovative toys for their pets. As technology comes more into play in the industry, pet toys involving automation and efficiency without completely eliminating the human interaction are expected to dominate the space.

OTHER TRENDS

Outside of photgenicity and interactive features of pet toys, few other trends are driving demand.

  • Eco-Friendly

As global warming and climate change become a regular part of the human discourse, products that keep both environmental and user safety in mind are preferred. So conscious pet owners opt for toys that are made from materials that are sustainably produced and in ways that do not deplete the ecosystem. ‘Made from recycled materials’ or ‘reclaimed from waste products’ are tags that are now being preferred.

  • Affordable

Affordability remains a major driving force in buyer decision making. Affordable does not exactly mean cheap. It is subjective, as to each person, affordability could be at different price points. Premium products have their own niche; however, in general the average pet owner can spend only so much on a pet toy.

  • Durability

Durability and reliability continue to be a key concern for pet owners. They wish for toys that are not only entertaining and interactive but also that are physically durable, as they are more economical and generally more environment friendly.

So while technology driven factors are the leading trends in the industry, the traditional factors of affordability and durability continue to drive pet owners decision making. In the end, we are all here to make our pets happy & healthy and form strong bonds with our pawed companions.

Tech and the Pet Industry

Technology has changed our lives. Now it is doing the same for our pets.

As technology has become an integral part of our lives, it has also started to influence how we interact, care and even feed our pets. A new generation of start-ups have started implementing everything from mobile technology to Internet of Things (IoT) to offer products, which forge a stronger bond between the pets and the pet owners.

  1. Pet Tracking

The thought of losing a pet or having him run away is enough to bring distress to a pet owner. However, in recent years, GPS devices like ‘Gibi’ and ‘The Paw Tracker’ have become increasingly popular ways to track lost pets. These devices are easily attached to the pet’s collar and the pet can be tracked using computer or mobile devices.

 

PetHub Incoffers what it has dubbed “the next generation pet identification tags”. These are embedded with a NFC chip and have a unique QR code and internet address, as well as a phone number. The company claims that thesefeatures can be used by ‘good Samaritans’ to immediately identify and return lost pets.

 

  1. Real Time Monitoring & Data Tracking

The advent of technology into our day-to-day lives have allowed and made us fond of tracking and monitoring of personal data. Personal activity trackers such as Fitbit have become ubiquitous. Similar devices for pets have also been introduced in the market. Fitbark is a device developed by vets, which collects physical activity and rest levels for dogs throughout the day. This can be synched with an app on the pet owner’s phone, which will help him / her in monitoring changes in behaviour and sharing useful information with the veterinarian.

 

  1. Remote Feeders

Assume you are at work when you get a notification on your phone sent by your dog. You open the app and voila! You and your dog are connected through a pet cam. After a few moments you tap on ‘treat’ and one drops from a dispenser. Petcube is one such company that offers an ‘interactive treat cam’. As per their website ‘Petcube Bites is an all-in-one Wi-Fi pet camera with built-in treatdispenser that lets you train and reward your pet remotely.’

 

The Remoca Pet Bowl, offered by a Japanese company, is an automated pet feeding system which refills itself and has a built in camera that allows the pet owner to watch your pet on your smartphone as it eats or drinks water from the bowl.

 

  1. Pet Toys

We all love playtime with our pets, but they absolutely exceed us in both the zeal and stamina for playing. iFetch is an automatic interactive ball launcher dog toy for active dogs, which solves this problem. The toy launches the ball to a distance, which the dog can fetch and put again in the toy to relaunch. They offer different models of the toy for different types of dogs.

 

Bolt by FroliCat is one such toy for cats. It is an interactive laser toys which casts ‘exciting laser patterns’ on the floor or the wall which the cats like to chase, pounce and bat upon.

 

  1. Pet Social Network

There has been a considerable increase in the number of social networking sites for pet owner. These website are fuelled by the pet owners urge to share and connect with others who share the same passion.

 

Pets Forever is one such social-powered online community that’s passionate about pets’ wellbeing and theirconnection with humans who love and care about them.

 

Ithad started out as a digital memorial concept,but has now evolved into a one-stop-home for everythingpets:

  • Pet-owners can access support and services to help them care for their pets.
  • It is a community for pet-lovers to connect, socialise and share with others.
  • Animal organisations, businesses and charities can also interact with the community of passionatepet-lovers.

Choosing a Pet – Seven Simple Steps

Choosing a Pet – Seven Simple Steps

The decision to adopt a pet is very important and should be thought out and discussed with everyone in the family.  Bringing any type of pet into the home is a major responsibility, one that can more often than not last for decades.  And, it is more than just about what type of pet you should get, although that is an important part of the decision as well.  When considering the newest possible family addition, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Plan Carefully

More often than not, the purchase of a pet is somewhat of an impulse buy.  However, in order to be the best owner to your new pet that you can be, you need to sit down and weigh you the pros and cons of actually taking on your newest family member.  Do your research on both species and breed to make sure that the pet in question is a good fit for you.  Make sure you understand what type of temperament your pet will exhibit.  You will need to know the level of care and attention needed, as every species and/or breed is different in this respect.  Finally, the average lifespan will indicate how long you can expect to have your pet and to meet its needs.

Factor In Your Families Lifestyle

This is one area that many families completely forget about, or simply ignore.  Where you live, and how much you are away from home are two very big factors to consider in choosing a pet.  Say,for instance, you decide to get a large dog.  Do you have a sizable fenced in yard, so that your new companion will have room to run and exercise?  Or maybe you are away from home a lot due to school activities or work.  In this case, your better choice may be a cat, as they are lower maintenance than say perhaps a dog.  Also, another area overlooked is that of when you decide to take a vacation.  So you have a reliable source to call upon to perhaps babysit your pet?  Cats can be pretty self-sufficient as long as they have water and food, but dogs are more in need of looking after on a day to day basis.

Think about cost

Like most things in the world today, there is also a cost to having a pet—any type of pet.  You are responsible for keeping their shots up to date, for feeding them, or providing them a bed, and for taking them to the vet should they become sick.  With dogs, there may be extra expenses for grooming, and if you decide to have them spayed or neutered there will be an expense for the surgery.  Make sure you understand that when you take on a pet that you are taking on the additional expenses required to the proper care of that pet.

Consider shelter adoption

Many people, when considering where to get their pet at, go straight to either a pet store or a breeder.  However, they are missing out on a chance to get a great companion by failing to check in with their local shelter.  Ever since I can remember, I have heard that shelter dogs make the best companions.  Why?  Because they have been where they have been, and seen what they have seen, and felt what they felt.  And in all that, they realize, on some level, just how lucky they are to have you as an owner.  They will be forever grateful for you pulling them out of the shelter, and giving them the love and attention that they need and crave.  Thusly, making them a most thankful companion who will remain loyal and loving all the rest of their lives.

Delegate responsibilities

When discussing the possible addition of a pet to the household, make sure that each member of the family understands what their delegated responsibility will be in helping care for your new pet.  Each member should be relied upon to do their duty so that all the work of caring for the new addition does not fall completely on one persons shoulders.  Delegate one individual for feeding, one for walking, and rotate for such things as bathing and brushing.  Get the whole family involved, and make it a fun task for everyone.

Think about training

If you are not lucky enough to adopt a pet that is already housebroken, then you will need to consider setting time aside through your day to work at getting your new addition trained.  Many find the best way to go is with pee pads.  Not only are they more convenient for you the owner, they allow your pet to have access for going more often, and be a source to catch possible accidents.  If your pet has problems in the areas of behavior, you may want to consider a professional trainer to help them to learn right from wrong.

Final steps

Finally, you will need to name your new pet.  This can be fun, but then again stressful at times.  Will you go with something simple?  Something traditional?  Or maybe something totally off the wall?  Whatever you name you chose, imagine yourself yelling it hundreds of times throughout your life.  Do you find you still like the name?  Then you may have a winner.

With just a little forethought and some weighing of options, the addition of a new pet to the family doesn’t have to be overly stressful.  Keep in mind that when you take on the responsibility that it will be for the pets entire life, and that you need to be the best owner you can be to your new companion and you should do just fine.

Bringing home a new pet is both exhilarating and exciting

How To Prepare For Your Newest Family Member

Bringing home a new pet is both exhilarating and exciting.  However, what is fun for you and your family, at the same time can quickly become nothing but major anxiety for your newest family member.  With just a little preparation, both you and your new companion can make an easier transition for everyone involved.

Have A Family Conference

Before bringing the new family member home, make sure everyone is on the same page and on board with what having a new pet entails, as well as what job each person is responsible for in regard to the new family addition.  In this manner, the possibility of confusion or problems will be minimize, which in turn will make the integration of your family and your new companion a smooth one.

Make Sure You Have Your Supplies

There are several items that are basic necessities to buy and have on hand for your new companion.

Crate

Your new family member will bet both nervous and scared in their new surroundings.  As a means of providing them a possible safe place, a crate can prove invaluable.  Also, if you are planning on crate training your companion, it is best to start from day one.

Bowls

Your new pet will need both a food bowl and a water bowl that is dedicated to just them.  This will get them used to the bowls themselves, and they should remain in the same spot as all time, for ease of being found by your companion.

Food and treats

It is suggested that you use the same food, and treats, that your companions is used to.  If you feel the need to change either their food or treats, do is slowly in small increments, to prevent any chance of an upset stomach.

Collar and leash

It is best to get your companion used to wearing a collar, and being led on a leash as soon as possible.  They will most assuredly fight the idea, but with a little time and patience, they will be walking by your side happily in no time.

Bed

Your companion really needs its own bed.  It is not a good idea to let them get in the habit of getting on the furniture if that is going to change down the road.  Not only will it confuse them, but once they have felt the comfinessof your furniture, they are less likely to give it up without a fight.

Toys

Every companion, no matter what age, loves toys.  However, with the younger family members, a chew toy can prove an invaluable asset.  Dogs chew—it is just their nature.  Even though you can’t change the fact that they chew, you can control what they do and do not chew on.

Cleaners

It is a given that at some time or another your companion will have an accident.  It is in your best interest to have cleaning supplies on hand to handle the issue, because the longer the issue is left unresolved, the harder it will be to deal with.

Baby gates

When first introducing your companion to their new home, it is best not to let them have full run from day one.  This only adds to their anxiety of being in a new situation.  It is suggested that you block them off, and limit them to one room, adding more rooms after a few days.  To aid in this endeavor, baby gates are a great idea.

Puppy-Proofing

Before your new companion arrives, make sure you have puppy-proofed your home.  Make sure to pick up any items and place them out of reach of your new companion, that may cause harm to them or they may cause harm to.

With a little time taken out to make the proper preparations, your companion will begin feeling like a member of the family in no time, and everyone will be happy and content.