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Archive: January 2020

Happy Ending: Ariel

Ariel is doing great in her new home and she has been very affectionate. We have been slowly introducing her to our other two cats and a few days ago we let them interact with each other. Although there has been some hissing and growling from Ariel, they do appear to be on the right […]

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Low Cost-Spay Neuter Programs

There are far too many kittens being born every year–in the greater Dane County region and well beyond. Kittens stretch shelters and rescues to their very limits, and in some communities as many as 90% of cats entering shelters are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes. Spaying/neutering cats saves the lives of animals and improves […]

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Journal Article on Pain and Behavior in Declawed Cats

According to research published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery declawing increases the risk of a cat suffering long-term or persistent pain, usually resulting in unwanted behaviors such as inappropriate litter box use and aggression such as biting. This study from 2017 is shockingly the first long-term study on the results of declawing. “This study found that […]

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American Animal Hospital Association Declawing Position Statement

The American Animal Hospital Association strongly opposes the declawing of domestic cats and supports veterinarians’ efforts to educate cat owners and provide them with effective alternatives. Scratching is a normal feline behavior. Cats scratch to (1) condition their claws by removing old nail sheaths, (2) scent mark objects with the glands on their paws, (3) […]

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American Association of Feline Practitioners Declawing Position Statement

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) strongly opposes declawing (onychectomy) as an elective procedure. It is the obligation of veterinarians to provide cat owners with alternatives to declawing. If owners are considering declawing, they must be provided with complete education about feline declawing. The following points are the foundation of the position statement: Feline […]

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