Debunking Declawing

Onychectomy is a word that many cat owners might be unfamiliar with, but it is one that we all need to learn more about.  It is a surgical practice more commonly known as declawing, and for us cats, it’s a procedure that we like about as much as sharing a travel crate with a Chihuahua. 

The main reason declawing occurs is because cat owners don’t like their cats scratching their furniture.  Supporters of declawing are clearly attempting to resolve the furniture scratching issue with what they feel is a permanent solution – “fix” the cat, and “fix” the furniture problem.  What they may not have considered is that there are effective solutions that have been developed and are offered in today’s marketplace that avoid the need for subjecting the cat to surgery (see www.mythreecats.com, Cat Furniture and Scratching and Behavior).

Research has shown that declawing procedures can have several damaging effects on cats.  Contrary to public perception, declawing is not anything like a human getting their fingernails cut.  In fact, onychectomy most closely resembles digital amputation, where the last bone of each digit is cut off.  Studies show that the practice can result in lameness and behavioral issues that make declawed cats equally if not more likely to end up in shelters.  Once in shelters, research from San Francisco shelters shows that because of their behavioral problems, declawed cats are twice as likely to be euthanized instead of put up for adoption.

In most of Europe, declawing cats is illegal, and movements are being made in the U.S. to have similar standards.  Legislation was introduced this past August to ban the declawing of cats in San Francisco except when it is medically necessary.  The passage of such a ban would result in six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine for anyone who attempts the procedure.

At MyThreeCats.com, we oppose declawing simply because we couldn’t bear to put any of our pets through a painful process that would potentially lead to behavioral and physical problems for the rest of their lives. 

Visit www.bogeysblogsphere.wordpress.com to join the discussion or tweet us at twitter.com/bogeythecat to let us know what you think about this important issue.

How To Keep Your Cat Happy While You’re Away

With summer coming to a close, maybe you’ve been thinking about taking one last mini vacation while the weather is still nice. Whether it’s a day-trip or a weekend get-away, one thing is certain: you have to keep your cat happy while you’re away! At MyThreeCats.com, we have plenty of options to keep your cat safe, comfortable and entertained.

The key is to focus on your cat’s main needs while you’re gone: plenty of fresh food and water, a comfortable environment, and fun!

Summer afternoons can be hot and boring, and few things could be worse for your cat than if they aren’t drinking enough water. Cats need to be sufficiently hydrated, so making sure your cat has plenty of fresh, aerated water is crucial. Because many cats prefer constantly running water, MyThreeCats.com offers products that allow your cat to drink fresh water with very little maintenance involved. The Drinkwell® Pet Fountain satisfies your cat’s need for running water in a quiet environment, and the Drinkwell 360 edition is perfect for households with multiple pets who need access to the water bowl.

After making sure that your cat has enough water, it’s important that they’re comfortable. Studies suggest that arthritic cats experience less stiffness when they sleep on wool pads, and our WOOLIES brand cat beds and Igloos are perfect for your cat’s napping habits. Our Nature Nap Ovals also provide perfect locations for your cat to lay and dream about your return home.

Cat trees, condos and perches are ideal to have in your home while you’re away, especially if they’re positioned near your feline’s favorite window. He’ll pass the time away observing the wildlife and other outdoor activities, get ample exercise and have a special place to cat nap. A sturdy, high quality cat tree with sisal or natural wood posts will also provide your cat with a great scratching place, instead of that upholstered living room couch! MyThreeCats.com has nothing but the best quality cat trees.

Finally, once your cat is well hydrated and comfortable, it’s important for them to have plenty of fun and stimulation! When my parents go on vacation, I lose my two best playmates. Though it’s impossible to replace them, cat toys from MyThreeCats.com help fill the void. Our Mini Minnows and Pet Candy® Catnip toys are great options to have for your cats to play with in your absence – I play with them for hours!

There are also some great Cat Sitter DVD’s that can be played for hours, since they run on a continuous loop (we don’t recommend leaving the DVD on for more than a couple of hours, to assure safety using your DVD player). We have too many cat toys to list here, but check out MyThreeCats.com to read about all our fun products.

So take your vacation – you deserve it. But make sure you can leave your house with the peace of mind that your cat is living it up too!

Saying Goodbye to Giorgi

GiorgiDear Friends at My Three Cats,

He came to me to live on December 26, 1994.  My best Christmas gift ever.  He was hiding in the bushes near my parked car on that cold night and gave me the biggest surprise by leaping through my open car door onto my lap and staying there.  I was his forever.  
His last two years were a bit perplexing to him, I imagine, but he was a brave, strong boy.  First, he was a victim of the nationwide pet food poisoning and nearly died.  Then his earlier hair loss began to accelerate.  His kind, caring veterinarian did everything to learn why, finally sending him to specialists in dermatology and oncology for biopsies which told us that he had lymphoma of the hair follicle, a cancer that had been attacking him for some time.  My beautiful Giorgi then began nine months of chemotherapy, but finally, at the end of May, 2009, we realized that no more could be done.  Each day of the last two months was a torment for me, waiting, watching.  The secondary skin infections are what finally brought him down and my strong, beautiful cat came to me to die.  In a second of time, he was gone forever.  
My dear beautiful Giorgi, gone after fifteen graceful years of giving pleasure and being a perfect cat.  What a joy he was.

My best,

Lee Tarullo