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8 Things You Should NEVER Do To Your Cat

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Don't Ever Do These Things to Your Cat

By Kathy Blumenstock

 

With a cat or two around the house, even the most dedicated pet parent may slack off and take Kitty’s presence for granted. Even the simplest oversight may have big consequences on your cat’s well being and quality of life. Here are 8 things you should NEVER do to your fave feline.

 

Editors’ Note: The slideshow “8 Things You Should Never Do to Your Cat” was not created as a definitive and complete guide to cat care, but rather as a reminder of the small daily interactions many established cat owners have with their beloved companions.

 

Our goal was for cat owners to enhance those often-overlooked, common instances with increased presence and concern via suggestions from our experts. While the petMD team does not recommend declawing, that practice was not included in this list as it is considered to be an extreme measure and not something that fit into our original concept for this piece. That said, many of our readers on social media have requested a thorough treatment on the topic and we plan to deliver one in the coming weeks. Thank you as always for your heartfelt and passionate comments. We have the utmost respect for you and ask that you extend that respect on to one another as well.

 

 - The petMD Team

Skip Flea or Heartworm Treatment

 

Your cat stays indoors and rarely comes in contact with other animals. Why bother with a flea and heartworm preventive for an indoor cat? Believe it or not, fleas and the mosquitos that carry heartworms can easily enter your home and cause big problems for cats. You may walk fleas into your home after visiting a friend with a dog or cat, and mosquitos can zip through a door or window that is left open for just a few seconds. With plenty of products available, keeping your cat free of fleas and heartworms has never been easier. (Not-so-fun-fact: There is no good way to get rid of heartworms in cats, and infections can be fatal.)

Put Your Cat Outdoors Unsupervised

 

Think your cat longs to explore all of springtime’s splendors on her own? Hey, she knows where she lives and she’d never wander off, right? Wrong. Your indoor kitty’s reaction to the great outdoors might be curiosity, confusion, or fright. She may dart away into traffic or cower under a bush when a strange dog approaches. Keep Kitty safely harnessed, leashed, and reassured by your presence when outdoors, for her peace of mind and yours.

Leave Windows Open

 

Loosely screened windows can pose a hazard to curious cats. Excitement over a robin’s fly-by may cause your mellow tabby to accidentally dislodge that screen and plummet to the ground. If you’re at work when the incident happens, hours could pass before you realize your cat is hurt or missing. Ensure that your window screens are sturdy and limit window openings to an inch or two when you’re not around to keep Kitty safely indoors. 

Put Off Vet Visits

 

Your cat seems healthy. She eats well, looks good, and hasn’t changed her activity level. But cats, like the rest of us, can experience subtle health shifts, from poor vision to kidney dysfunction. Felines are masters at concealing their ills and compensating for problems. An annual vet exam can pinpoint the start of any health concerns and treat minor issues before they become major issues.

 

“At the very least, you’ll have a baseline for comparison if any problems crop up,” said Dr. Brad LeVora of Little Seneca Animal Hospital in Germantown, MD. “With the cat’s health history documented, there should be fewer surprises.”

Hold Your Cat On Your Lap While Driving

 

Most cats dislike traveling and resent being cooped up in their carriers, but a free-range cat in a moving vehicle can become a terrified, furry missile. An unconfined cat is distracting to the driver, and vulnerable to injury or escape. With your cat on the loose, ping-ponging around the car, your final destination is disaster. Buckle your cat’s carrier in place for a safe road trip.

Push Your Cat Off the Counter

 

An inquisitive tabby poking her nose into that roasted chicken cooling on the countertop may be annoying, but she does not deserve to be treated like a feline Frisbee. Pushing or throwing your cat in frustration can harm her, both physically and in spirit. Always handle your cat with gentle care, and your cat is more likely to respond to your wishes.

Forget to Brush Your Cat's Teeth

 

Cats are not fond of anyone touching their precious pearly whites, and your cat’s reluctance to open wide may have convinced you that dental-heath treats are enough to protect Kitty’s smile. But plaque buildup eventually turns to tartar, which can lead to pain and even tooth loss down the road. Brushing your cat’s teeth daily, or at least a few times each week, is the best way keep Kitty’s gums and teeth healthy and reduce the frequency of expensive, professional dental cleanings.

Ignore Those Hairballs

 

Felines are self-grooming and their constantly busy tongues capture loose fur, which is then swallowed. When your cat hacks up a hairball, you probably just sigh in annoyance—that’s how cats are, right?—and clean up the mess. But lending a hand in grooming can greatly reduce the amount of hair your cat ingests, which means there’s less to be processed or spewed up. Cats don’t enjoy hurling those hairballs any more than we enjoy removing them from the living room carpet. Frequent hairballs can also be a sign of gastrointestinal disease. Talk to your veterinarian if you have to clean up more than one or two a month.

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  • Flea Juice not needed
    12/20/2015 11:01pm

    Had cats for decades. None ever got fleas or ticks until next door neighbor got a dog.

  • 03/18/2016 12:50pm

    No. It's a chance you should never take. Fleas AND heartworms can be kept at bay by using flea meds appropriately. We didn't keep up one summer and got a horrible infestation on all three of our strictly indoor cats.

    Just as responsible parents always vaccinate their kids, responsible pet parents ALWAYS give flea meds to prevent itching, anemia, and heartworms. This article is totally right on this.

  • 04/30/2016 04:30pm

    AMEN, EarlGrayHot!

  • 10/22/2016 07:57pm

    This comment has been flagged as inappropriate.

  • 10/23/2016 12:33pm

    Wow!

    First off, this is entirely off topic and hateful. The person that first brought it up considered it responsible to vaccinate their children (as do the vast majority of people) and responsible to take care of their pets - they were comparing the 2.

    Second, you clearly do not have a clue how many "children can get hurt" (as you say) by NOT getting vaccinated. Vaccines have saved literally COUNTLESS lives and nearly eradicated painful, disfiguring maladies. The14 diseases currently vaccinated for include Polio, Measles, diphtheria, small pox, and other super-nasty diseases. Pre-vaccine ANNUAL contraction rate of these is estimated at over 2.25 million cases in the U.S. (6 million cases if you include Chicken Pox) and because of vaccines, only 41,300 cases of non-Chicken Pox cases were reported (about 490,000 including Chicken Pox)- that's a reduction of over 98% infection rate of some of the most heinous (and preventable!) diseases known to man. And while Chicken Pox does kill some of its victims, a significant number of the 2.25 million non-Chicken Pox cases (pre-vaccine estimate) would result in death or horrible permanent debilitation.

    Just this week Venezuela has seen a breakout of Diphtheria, thought to be nearly eradicated globally. So far, 20 people have been reported with this horrid disease that leads to severe respiratory distress and heart failure/neurologic ailments, and 4 children DIED from it. How much did those parents NOT vaccinating their children "hurt" those kids?

    And on another positive note in case you're worried about the vaccine load to children's immune systems: In the past ~35 years, the number of diseases for which vaccines are available has doubled BUT the amount of antigens introduced into the body has DECREASED by 97%.

    I recommend doing your own, non-hysterical research using credible, scientifically sound and peer reviewed sources before you start calling people dumba$$es for saving their children's lives.

  • 12/06/2016 03:58pm

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  • 12/08/2016 04:02am

    Just to let you know, I have done my research and sure there's been research about it being good but if you dig deeper into things that they don't want to see it has been proven that it can harm them, and even people that I know, 10 of them to be exact are in the hospital right now and 4 are dead because of vaccines, their bodies couldn't HANDLE it and rejected it and since that happened their body started swarming with the disease.

  • 12/08/2016 02:32pm

    Rattlerjake: Even though your post was removed due to its inflammatory language and abusive name calling, I will respond.

    Clearly the subject of vaccinations is a very sensitive topic to many parents but name-calling because someone disagrees with you is way beneath civil discourse. You may find someone uninformed or close-minded, but if someone HAS researched an issue using credible sources, to call them an "idiot" or a “fool” is offensive, obnoxious, and will not convince anyone that your viewpoint is right or that you are anything beyond a hysterical and rude individual. I am not an idiot nor a fool and I have done my research using sources that I are generally accepted as universally credible and scientifically sound.

    To me, nothing is one extreme or the other. On the one hand, it is utterly impossible to argue against the fact that vaccines have saved countless lives or disfigurements from horrifying diseases whose eradication can never, in anyone’s wildest dreams, be attributed to hygienic improvements alone (polio, small pox, diphtheria). On the other hand, vaccines may be unnecessarily loaded with questionable ingredients or may even be unnecessary *IF* we as a society are willing to pay the price with a small number of deaths. Rotavirus, Chickenpox, Influenza, and HPV are a examples of more recent vaccines against illnesses which cause relatively minor issues for most people (it’s likely that you’ll get over it after discomfort/illness) but will cause catastrophic results such as cancer or death for a small number of individuals. The question to everyone is, are we as a society willing to live with those deaths when the disease can be completely prevented for nearly all? And, what is our duty to protect everyone (relying on the herd effect of vaccines). Instead of ranting and holding up dubious examples and quack-science which turn people off, a better use of your time would to advocate for better preservation / delivery techniques for antigens and starting a societal awareness conversation about our level of risk tolerance for diseases that do not have a high likelihood of killing/maiming us.

    Another example of things not being all black or all white is that while the bottom-line is a driving factor, and restraint/non-hysterical/conservative positions are their norm, not all companies/government agencies are evil. To hold up one individual’s “whistle-blowing” as the gospel truth (sometimes after it has been struck down by sound science) while thinking the vast majority of employees are mindless sheep following and contributing to the conspiracy theory is quite unreasonable – the right answer is likely somewhere in the middle.

    To your points:
    (1) I could not agree with you more that hygiene has made huge leaps and bounds to save lives and increase overall life expectancy. Things that we take for granted like sterile medical procedures, clean water, and municipal & septic waste-water treatment have single-handedly eliminated literally countless premature deaths from infection and water-borne diseases. Even today, if more people practiced just the simple act of handwashing alone, we’d see a reduction of diarrheal diseases by 50% and respiratory infections by over 15% which could, even today, prevent a million deaths (Center for Disease Control). We see examples all the time (Chipotle!) what happens when people don’t wash their hands or when unclean water is used for irrigation (contaminated spinach or recalled hummus). It goes without saying that preventing these (relatively minor) illnesses would reduce absenteeism at work and school, leading to overall productivity increases.
    (2) I also agree that the vaccines of old are not like today’s, but again like most things, this is for both for good and for ill.
    Yes, the ingredients in some are very disturbing that can cause allergic reactions and/or lead to unintended and unfortunate impacts. The very credible and scholarly National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine / National Research Council issued a release summarizing the analysis of more than 1,000 scientifically-sound research papers and concluded there is convincing science-based evidence that some people have some adverse (albeit rare) effects from vaccines, but there is less convincing evidence for other effects, and finally, that “evidence shows there are no links between immunization and some serious conditions that have raised concerns, including Type 1 diabetes and autism” (http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=13164). They do mention that there are other suggested effects for which there is not enough data so clearly the scientific community still needs to explore this. Even though they did not conduct a benefit/risk conclusion, the participants in this Institute of Medicine concluded “the committee members noted that deaths and disability due to infectious diseases have been dramatically reduced over the last century since the majority of vaccines were developed and brought into widespread use.”

    Another way vaccines are different today is that despite the fact there are MORE vaccines given today than 20-30 years ago, the TOTAL antigen load that we give children in vaccines is significantly LESS than the TOTAL antigen load, mostly due to the removal of the Smallpox vaccine due to its ‘eradication’ (praise be to the vaccine!).

    Notwithstanding the actual decrease of vaccines' total antigen load over the previous decades, to say that it is too much for an infant’s body is ridiculous. Just think about what babies are exposed to by just being born…not to mention the whole world around them. Even though they can’t even hold their own head up, infants are born equipped to deal with the onslaught of foreign substances to which they are immediately exposed or we as a species, would have never survived. The NAS’ Institute of Medicine estimates the capacity of a normal infant’s immune system is [b]“at least 1000 times greater than that maximally required to respond to vaccines”[/b].

    Here is an excellent scholarly (significantly amount of peer reviewed science) article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information / US National Library of Medicine – not only does it refute anti-vaccination arguments, it agrees with you that hygiene has prevented a far greater number of health issues than do vaccines, and points out where vaccines come up short (vaccines vs. “wild” infectious agent) or there is a gap in the data/research. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK220494/
    Another source: https://books.google.com/books?id=PePhouhBgrQC&pg=PA6&lpg=PA6&dq=antigen+load+of+vaccines&source=bl&ots=d9BB-NCJ37&sig=uYgGeX-BHkOQFrn4CO-qmKOrvJs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiWsPbtouLQAhUO0IMKHdR1Av4Q6AEIUzAJ#v=onepage&q=antigen%20load%20of%20vaccines&f=false

    Maybe if we are lucky, other diseases will be sufficiently eradicated to allow their removal from the vaccine schedule in the near future.

    I don’t have a problem with studying the impacts of nutrition on health and for treating ailments; I don’t have a problem with treating the body as a system; I don’t have a problem with natural foods and supplements. These things have a place. But so do more “modern” sources of health management. The sources you provided can hardly be considered scholarly or even credible. You need to make sure you look for additional sources that add credence – and also check in with the Snopes of the health claims which gives that good and bad of information that is out there: https://www.quackwatch.org/03HealthPromotion/immu/too_many.html

    It is my humble opinion that the energy put in by the anti-Vaxers could better serve much larger issues that are doing a severe disservice to children and society – things like access healthy food, and issues surrounding food additives/processed foods that are impacting children’s cognition, health, weight, and behavior; like the dumbing down of the US Educational system to the lowest common denominator while instituting mind-boggling and befuddling curriculum that is difficult to determine how it will prepare children for life; and like the lack of universal general health care to make sure minds and bodies are healthy and ready to learn and be productive members of society.

  • 12/06/2016 11:34pm

    Anyone who argues with you about vaccines saving lives should ask this - if vaccines are so bad, why are there pushes to vaccinate children the world over. Because, like you said, vaccines save lives. Nothing's perfect, but it's better than the horrible diseases lurking around the corner.

  • 12/07/2016 03:40am

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  • 12/02/2016 05:31am

    Well said

  • 12/08/2016 04:08am

    Please don't get me wrong you're right about the cats it's just that I really wish some people could see my side of things and i didn't call you a dumb$$ that was my brother who got onto my pc I'm sorry about that but i do still believe vaccines are screwed up and shouldn't be used.

  • 12/07/2016 12:17am

    SalemCat - same here. It happened twice, in different places. And like EarlGrayHot, our cats are indoors, but we still got a nasty infestation. It took months to contain. Now we use natural things - approved by our cat vet - to keep fleas out of our home.
    So far, so good!

  • Fat Bored Cats !
    12/20/2015 11:03pm

    No wonder so many cats are fat and bored !

    Sadly, there are few households where going outside is safe, especially since we allow coyotes to thrive.

  • 04/30/2016 04:34pm

    Only CERTAIN lives matter? SMH

  • 05/26/2016 03:23pm

    SMH? Please explain what that means? My grandchildren have not yet taught grandma what the one stands for?

  • 05/29/2016 01:02pm

    Dear Angie,

    SMH means "shaking my head".

  • 06/18/2016 06:28pm

    Thanks for the enlightenment! PURRRR

  • 08/21/2016 04:58am

    ALLOW coyotes to thrive. They were put on this Earth by God and deserve to live as much as any other living creature.

  • 08/28/2016 06:37am

    I totally agree with you, we live in an area where there are lots of coyotes. Personally I love hearing them "sing". Our cat enjoys a large safe outside area built just for her. And is never left out at night.

  • 12/06/2016 04:06pm

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  • 12/07/2016 12:03am

    Mentioning the Bible and inferring that Man is the "caretaker" of the Earth - you know that isn't going to sit well with some people. Like me. Kind of troll-ish , and not very cool.
    You're entitled to your beliefs, but you can't expect people to condone killing because a book said so. We don't really need to debate this issue, not because you're right, but because it's your way or no way. Right?
    Any fundamental ideas can be dangerous, because it gives Man the capacity to say who lives and who doesn't, where they live, what they wear, who they worship, and we are not entitled to that.
    In the past two centuries Mankind has increased the extinction rate over 1000%. Humans have made very poor caretakers. Not too many people can argue with that. Peace.

  • 12/07/2016 01:06am

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  • 08/28/2016 06:32am

    We have a lovely safe fenced in area for our cat. Coyotes deserve to live too, it's up to us humans to keep our kitties safe.

  • Open Windows ?
    12/20/2015 11:05pm

    Never had a cat jump, ever.

    On the other hand, my cats get to go outdoors when they want to. So they are not desperate.

  • 01/27/2016 04:49pm

    I did have a cat fall out the window from the screen. I lived on the third floor and was at work at the time, it took me 1/2 a day to find her, I was never so scared in my life. She wasn't hurt, but learned her lesson, never did it again.

  • 03/18/2016 01:47pm

    I had a cat barge through our very thick screen. Got eaten by coyotes, so she won't be doing that again either. Unfortunately, my neighborhood has an overpopulation of coyotes, so on any given summer night you can hear cats being eaten alive (they never go down quietly).
    I am very happy to hear that you found yours (alive)! You must live in an awesome neighborhood.

  • 05/29/2016 01:04pm

    HOW UTTERLY HORRIBLE... Time to take a gun to those coyotes!!!

  • 07/25/2016 08:47pm

    That's appalling! Unfortunately, when you live near any wooded area, there are bound to be coyotes. Where my guy lives are not only coyotes, but also raccoons. One of my youngest sister's cats got taken up a tree by raccoons. We wondered what had happened to him then the pelt fell out of the tree the following summer.

  • 08/27/2016 11:23am

    Solution! KEEP YOUR PETS INDOORS!!!!

  • 12/02/2016 05:35am

    I'm so glad she wasn't hurt!

  • Push Your Cat Off Counter
    12/20/2015 11:07pm

    Some people are just thoughtless.

  • 05/26/2016 03:18pm

    Amen to that!!

  • Brush Teeth !
    12/20/2015 11:08pm

    Good Idea, but my Cat does not think so !

  • Pushing & throwing a cat
    01/12/2016 03:02am

    If you are Pushing or throwing Your Cat Off the Counter then you shouldn't own a cat. That is mean.

  • 04/29/2016 02:13am

    I totally agree with you. though , my dad does it a LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 09/27/2016 08:33pm

    Your Dad should not be allowed to be around animals. That is cruetly and he can be reported1!

  • 06/17/2016 06:25pm

    I could not disagree more - to NOT push a cat off the counter is utterly disgusting. There are very few things more repulsive than a cat, whose feet have been in a litter box, being on a kitchen table or counter. Cat owners that do this are unsanitary and gross to non-cat-owners.

    I have been a cat owner all my life - none of them jumped on the counters after kittenhood because we trained them not to - with loud noises, clapping our hands, scooting/pushing them off (never THROWING - who throws a cat??), a squirt bottle... It can be done but not through asking them nicely as this article seems to advocate.

  • 07/12/2016 07:09pm

    Pushing an animal off the counter is inappropriate and dangerous for the cat. It can easily result in a cat being injured through your cruelty. It's just something no responsible cat owner should ever do. There are other ways to manage this but shoving a cat off a counter is not one of them.

  • 07/20/2016 05:45pm

    Who said anything about "shoving" a cat? Like with most things there are degrees and there is a big difference between "scooting" which most folk would think is reasonably gentle (and is what I said), and "shoving" which connotes a strong, aggressive heave.

  • 07/23/2016 02:36am

    I think shoving and pushing are pretty much the same thing. Scooting and nudging are quite another. ;) I found a small spray bottle of water to work best. They usually learn pretty fast where you'd rather they weren't.

  • 07/20/2016 03:44pm

    I agree. If Batman or Robin get on the counter they get pushed off. Not shoved. More like a guiding hand to encourage them to get down. It's just gross having a pet on the counter.

  • 10/30/2016 04:04am

    We don't own cats, they own us, you silly goose.

  • #9 DO not declaw your cat
    01/29/2016 05:27pm

    One important point was omitted. Never declaw your cat! The scratching instinct heeds to be accommodated with proper scratching apparatus. The procedure leaves the cat as an amputee, and with pain you may not be aware of. (Cats are stoic.)

  • 06/17/2016 12:01am

    it does my heart well to see your emphasis of NOT declawing your cat. I've had this argument countless times with people & it frustrates me to no end, the ignorance i'm met with on this subject. thank you for adding AND emphasizing!

  • 07/29/2016 08:51am

    Thank you for adding this comment - NEVER declaw a cat. It is cruel.

    Also, I don't know if this was mentioned because for whatever reason, I can't see the whole paragraph for each of these 'things you should never do to your cat'. But, one thing that has helped me immensely is food grade diatomaceous earth. Had a stray show up with half of his face falling off from scratching. Poor guy literally had a flap about 1.5" of his face hanging down. He let me-well I had to toss it on him-put some of the food grade diatomaceous earth on it. He kept showing up every day for meals; and, after about a week or so of daily applications his face was completely healed!! Elmer is a full fledged member of our family now; sweetest cat I've ever had. Just always make sure to buy the FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth only. I hope this is helpful to someone!

  • Declawing
    02/08/2016 02:25am

    You literally forgot the most important one! Everything above can be fixed, but once the knuckles are cut, there's no going back!

    Also don't forget to fix your kitty

  • Open windows...
    02/25/2016 04:47pm

    I had thought the screens would be enough but went back to the bedroom and saw the screen out on the lawn and my Gracie wandering around the back yard. I bought some additional screens; the kind that slide out to fit the window. There's a lip on the sides of the window frame that keep it from being pushed or pulled out. Gracie tried to push it out at first and now no longer tries.

  • Windows
    05/26/2016 04:18pm

    I live on the 7th floor of a building. I bought a baby gate that I put in the window snugly to keep my cat from pushing out the screen. He would never survive a fall from the 7th floor.

  • 10/30/2016 04:19am

    I open a second floor window and let my cat out onto the porch roof. Then I walk downstairs and he's at the back door. How in the hell does he do this? Matter transporter? Turns out he screws up his courage, tail a-twitching, and takes a flying leap off the roof into a hedge whose top is two feet below the roofline. Then he works his way to the ground through the hedge. Pure hilarity!

  • Hygiene and general care.
    06/15/2016 09:32am

    Had cats for decades. Never brushed their teeth. This is a new fad. Always fed them dry food-I guess this kept the teeth and gums healthy, They never had gum disease or teeth problems.
    Also, cats were always indoor-outdoor. Unsupervised.A couple got injured-one had to be put down. This is part of life for an animal. My cats always seem to pine if they are not free to come and go. always install a cat door. My oldest cat was 22 years, the youngest about 7. Some spent more time inside, others preferred outside. One regularly got beat up by our rabbit and learned to stay out of its' way!
    Finally, all were declawed in the front. Didn't seem to make any difference in their ability to climb, fight, protect themselves, or scratch. They were all fixed and declawed at about 3 months of age. Loved every one of them. Great companions.

  • 06/28/2016 05:23pm

    You should find more info on declawing on how it really is bad for cats.

  • 06/30/2016 05:47pm

    Boarded Vet dentists have proven there is no correlation with a dry kibble diet cleaning a cat's teeth. This has been known for at least 4 years. It is anecdotal evidence like yours as a pet care writer that perpetuates the myth that declawing a cat does no harm. I can show you evidence "beyond reasonable doubt" that declawing harms cats. Harming a cat and causing suffering is contrary to the vets oath.

  • 07/20/2016 03:47pm

    You let a cat that had been declawed go outside? Interesting! I am not a fan of declawing, but I am not one to judge. I just thought it was so important to keep them inside if they were declawed.

  • 08/27/2016 11:21am

    Think of having your nails pulled out. Would feel great, wouldn't it? You are a VERY cruel person.

  • 09/29/2016 12:28am

    Oh please. It's done under anesthetic. My cat had laser surgery and didn't even have bandages. She was back to normal in 2 days, doesn't hobble around like she's disabled, and still loves me.

  • 08/27/2016 11:27am

    Think of how you would feel having all your fingernails pulled out. What a HORRID thing to do. Of COURSE it affects them, you idiot! You are a cruel person if you continue to do this to your pets. Cruel and sick.

  • OK, Let's hear it!
    07/01/2016 02:03pm

    OK I'll be the one to take issue with the non-declawers. I have a nice home, love cats and have six of them. If the choice is declawing or no cats which do you philosophically pure cat lovers pick? Despite all the horrors you people depict, my cats are happy, well groomed and I'd swear they'd rather live here with no claws than not have all the love and companionship we provide. They all can go on the furniture too!

  • 07/12/2016 07:13pm

    Give the cats places to scratch or put claw covers on claws rather than removing the last joint of their toe which is what declawing does. It's just all kinds of wrong. If someone really loves cats then disabling them with this unnecessary surgery and painful surgury is not a sign of it.

  • 07/23/2016 02:48am

    Claw covers? Please! they wouldn't stay on for more than 5 seconds.

  • 08/27/2016 11:30am

    My three cats all love to claw one of those bristly outdoor rugs. They go to it every morning and claw away.

  • 07/23/2016 02:46am

    I agree with you, goldenthroat. I am strongly opposed to allowing declawed cats outside though. It's a very dangerous world out there for a declawed kitty. Once you have a cat declawed, they become a strictly indoor cat IMO.
    We also care for a lot of feral cats by having them neutered, feeding, watering and taking general care of them. I would never think of have them declawed.

  • 09/29/2016 12:23am

    I'm with you! My cat was angry for about two days, then resumed being a normal kitty - purring and snuggling with me as before. The declawing was done via laser and she didn't even have bandages. She doesn't limp around or show any signs of being harmed, psychologically or physically. She could've ended up in a shelter, getting put to sleep because I'm not going to have my furniture ruined by an animal. Those scratching posts have never worked for the cats I've owned, and all it takes is one scratching session on the couch and it's ruined.

    There's nothing wrong with declawing as long as it's an inside cat and you take them to an excellent veterinarian.

  • 12/02/2016 05:45am

    THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH DECLAWING!? There's everything wrong with declawing! What do f ur cat escapes outside and a dog finds them? Then they can't defend themselves! And it's because of YOU! No person in their right mind would be so cruel to an animal because they're afraid the cat will "claw the couch". I can't believe what this work is becoming!


    P.S. IDIOTS

  • Cat Bladder Control
    08/13/2016 11:39pm

    I have Three cats and a dog. My oldest cat, Almost three years old, was an only cat for almost two years. I took in a stray mama cat, she was only about seven months when I brought her in. Three months later I took in one of her kittens, also homeless, The kitten was almost four months old. My problem is... My oldest cat Pee's in various places, every couple of days or so. The Couches, The Kitchen Sink, The Stove top Burners. I put plastic on the couches, had a piece of plywood cut to cover the stove. And scald and bleach out the kitchen sink! Will this ever stop? Any treatment or suggestions, besides getting rid of the other cats, which I wont be doing. Thank You.

  • 09/22/2016 12:10am

    We took in 2 three month old kittens when our old cat was 13. He was always our only cat. We had some peeing issues off and on for about 6 months after we brought the girls home. We haven't had any problems since. Once your older cat accepts the other ones you should be fine. Hopefully, all will resolve and be okay. We still have all three cats and they get along just fine.

  • Connection
    08/14/2016 03:51am

    Regarding any kind of bad cat behavior, I only have to look into her eyes and say (in a normal voice) no-no to my calico cat and she'll immediately stop what she's doing. I believe it's due to the close connection we have. She won't come when I call her, but if I think of her, she'll come to me within minutes. I believe cats and dogs communicate telepathically with us. No, I'm not a nutcase, I just believe in the sensitivity of animals. I've learned a lot from being sensitive to her needs and patient and gentle with her, as well. She knows how much I love her and I believe it makes a world of difference in her behavior. She's a "young" 12 year old independent indoor/outdoor cat that loves her freedom in a safe, dead-end street neighborhood, but loves to come back inside just as much. She's the best kitty ever! I also have two beautiful Rottweiler dogs, with the male being the sweetest animal I've ever known (I'm 50). He's a gentle giant at 125 lbs. who LOVES affection and we have a special relationship too. Millie, his sweet little sister is a goofball, a little insecure and a pouter who loves people but will kill any raccoon or squirrel she can catch. I don't have any human kids, so these babies are my kids! ❤ Anyway that's my story!

  • 08/27/2016 11:32am

    I believe you are right about telepathic communication.

  • 12/14/2016 11:08pm

    How true, my wife thinks I'm nuts but we have three cats and they and we have had them for (like you) over 12 years. They are still in good health but I definitely believe they communicate with each other telepathically. They are indoor/ outdoor cats and they love to spend the days outdoors. When it's time for them to come in I have to go look for them. I have a bottle with a couple of rocks in it (the same bottle I've had for about 12 years) all I have to do is shake the bottle and there they are. If times gets tough I break out the old Loc8tor (not a plug for the device) to go search them down. They just love to come home to a nice warm bed. Two of them like to wrestle with each other, and I can tell when they are going to go at it a little too much. That's when I have to step in and stop them before it gets out of hand.
    Believe it or not we use to hate cats, then one day two of them just came into our backyard and started playing. One came up and sat on my lap and started purring. That was it I was hooked, he found a sucker. Now we have been stuck with them for 12 years.
    Sometimes all I have to do is just think it's time for them to come home and then they show up. I'd still like to have a dog but I'd have to keep the gate open all day and I know the dog would be gone in a heartbeat. That's the one good thing about cats they can find their way home, dogs not so much.

  • Long lived outdoor cats
    08/29/2016 05:39am

    I can't imagine not letting a cat go outside - I have had cats all my life - they go in and out all the time and most have been amazing mousers. And they have all lived long healthy lives. I did spay them and keep up with their vaccines but a house bound cat is an unhappy cat.

  • 10/18/2016 07:07pm

    That's not true, I have 2 very happy indoor cats. I have a large field behind my house with all kinds of predatory animals, and we also live about 500 feet from very busy train tracks (both freight and passenger trains). In the winter we get insane amounts of snow (Buffalo winters), in the spring and fall we get a lot of rain and in the summer we get blistering hot temps. our cats live inside a nice dry home with heat and air conditioning. They have food, fresh water, toys to play with, plenty of company (with each other and their humans), room to run around, shelves to jump onto and watch us from, blankets to cuddle into, spaces to hide in and tons of love and affection. I truly don't think that they are at all unhappy, it is about your living situation. We can not let them outside; it would be the same as killing them.

  • 12/14/2016 11:24pm

    You're right about outdoor cats we have three and they live to be outdoors. They wake me at four in the morning to let them out, then they spend the whole day outdoors and only come in to eat. Then gone again. They spend the whole day sleeping in the backyard, then after dark they are on their way to go looking for a mouse or two until it's time for them to come home then they look for their warm spot in OUR bed. Not really ours it theirs. They would go absolutely NUTS if we locked them in all day.

  • toothbrush; loud noise
    09/04/2016 11:46pm

    Cats DO love getting attention to their pearly whites. Mine cannot get enough of the brush or toothbrush to their gums and teeth and open up and rub up on the brush. I would also like to add something to your list: never overstimulate them on electronic media. I just viewed a "cute" FB video of a cat viewing a horror movie. The cat looked traumatized and terrified and overstimulated by the screams, pants, agonizing vocalizations and music and chasing action on the screen. Anything but cute. My own cats become very upset if I wail or shout.

  • Modern Declaw and more...
    09/17/2016 04:36pm

    My cat Skye was declawed (front only, ) under anesthesia and via laser. which preserves the knuckle , no stitches, hardly any bleeding , little downtime. She was actively playing by afternoon. Eats, plays, expresses affection, likes interaction and her eyes have a twinkle in them . At the base of her 6 ft cat condo is a sissal post and she does "scratch" on it! She jumps and grabs onto the next level , gets to the top. She is kept indoors except for regular vet visits and in a carrier. Also, her coat is brushed every day with a sissal brush which she loves. I'm not brave enough to brush her teeth. Twice a year I use the Ferminator de-shedding tool on her twice on a year to get the undercoat our and switched from clay based litter which is known to cause respiratory problems in cats to natural litter (crushed walnuts, corn, pine etc.)

  • Don't use Harts brand
    09/21/2016 05:25pm

    I would ad to the list of things to NOT do to your pet or pets!! Do NOT treat your pets with store bought flea or tick or worming meds!! Especially the Harts brand. I bought the flea Harts product and it severely burned my cat. Not thinking it could be the Harts product I treated her again and it almost killed her! Another cat it almost killed. The worming medicine killed a whole litter of kittens. Talking to my horse vet about this she said it is a lot more common than you would think. Only buy the brands Advantage and Frontline. I never buy any generic brands and especially Harts.

  • Cats are filthy
    09/23/2016 07:08pm

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  • 09/27/2016 08:36pm

    No you are!

  • Declawing is NOT inhumane
    10/16/2016 01:44am

    We have two cats, neither declawed, both allowed outside (with us)..we live in an area with coyotes, so when we hear them out at night, kitties stay IN ! I have had both clawed and declawed pets, and I can tell you there is nothing worse than your new leather sofa with claw marks. I believe de-clawing is a personal preference, and certainly not a cruel thing to do by no means! These days both the anesthesia and surgery are so advanced, our kitties suffer VERY little if at all, and bounce back within a day! Most continue to knead as if they still have claws. Again..it's an owners personal preference!

  • CLAWS MATTER
    10/27/2016 06:58pm

    Claws matter. Period. Declawing is maiming. Period. I've had cats for decades. At present I've had a gorgeous Nebelung for 10 years and recently had to put down my 20 y/o Norwegian Forest cat. How do I save my furniture? When kitties first join me, I place clear wide packing tape on the sides and back of cloth furniture and certain places on the carpet (place gate or cardboard or big books around leather.) They all quickly learned to only use their scratching posts. Tape comes off within weeks. Occasionally re-tape as a reminder (usually when something new brought in.) Most importantly, kitties remain INTACT and everyone is happy.

  • one more
    12/06/2016 02:50pm

    I would also add declawing. It's banned in most countries and should be banned here as well. There are many alternatives. Ask your vet about them. Don't maim your cat. Declawing leaves a terrible sensation on their paws with every step they take.

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