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As many if not most of us cat-lovers know, declawing is a horrific procedure and yet many cat owners still inflict it on their cats, not knowing what it actually entails. For many cat lovers - definitely for me, anyway! - it's difficult to speak calmly about this subject, and people who don't know the ins and outs of it often dismiss emotional diatribes as the hysterical rantings of crazy cat-ladies (and gents). Add to that the fact that many veterinarians don't tell their customers the details, for whatever reason.

I just found this very objective article on declawing, written by a veterinarian who is certainly qualified to know all about it, and I feel compelled to share it because it's such a non-hysterical ;-) calm authoritative summary of the subject. My hope is that reference to this article may be helpful in declawing-related debates... to convince Aunt Martha that mutilation for human convenience isn't worth the trauma to her cat and that there are better ways to keep Fluffy from destroying the couch.

(Names chosen at random - no offense intended to any real Aunt Marthas.)

Cross-posted out the wazoo, to blackcats whitecats cat_adoration cat_lovers cathealth cats_with_claws and naturalpets Sorry if you're seeing this several times.
27 November 2011 @ 04:50 am
What is your computer wallpaper right now?
Photos of my cats! :D
14 November 2011 @ 03:25 am
Who pays on a first date?
The person who asked for the date should pay.
18 October 2011 @ 07:48 am
Do you like beards, goatees or mustaches? Why or why not?
Not really. On the whole I think they just look... I don't know, weird. I do like "5 o'clock shadow" though!
17 October 2011 @ 03:11 am
What do you love about autumn?
The gorgeous colors of the foliage, and the smells - autumn has a smell all its own!
05 October 2011 @ 04:05 am
Describe your perfect pizza.
Thin crust with barbecue sauce instead of regular, chicken, pineapple, double mushrooms, hot peppers, half cheese, and a little bit of extra sauce on top. Baked to a nice golden brown, please! Known around here as a "Linda Special".
04 October 2011 @ 03:20 am
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who think they know everything about a subject when really they haven't a clue what they're talking about.
26 September 2011 @ 08:24 am
The hotter the better! Hot and humid, hot and dry, I don't really care - just HOTTT PLEASE KTHANX!
What’s your favorite kind of weather?

If you had the option to learn the exact moment and details of your death, would you choose to know?

Absolutely! The chance to get my affairs in order in time, the chance to say goodbye and whatever else I wanted to say to my loved ones would be priceless. And if my death itself were going to be unpleasant, knowing ahead of time would help me steel myself for it.
17 May 2011 @ 05:39 am
If you were granted unlimited magic powers for just five minutes, what would you do?

I would cast a spell that would make all the world's politicians, executives and people-in-power (of any kind) unable to lie ever again.