Written by Michelle Kretzer
National Pet Month, the perfect occasion for animal guardians to give their
best friends some extra love and attention. Animals aren't tough to please—they appreciate even just a little quality time with
us. Our funny friend Fred
Willard and his canine buddy like
to spend time together practicing table etiquette and trading dog jokes:
ways to tell your loyal companion how much he or she means to you are extra-long
play sessions, a new toy, or homemade treats. Check out these doggone good tips from Ingrid E. Newkirk's
book Let's Have a Dog Party! and purrfect
pointers from 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You for more fun ways to speak your animal companion's language.
Written by PETA
It's Cat Week, and
as much as I want to post cute photos of my newly adopted cat, here instead are seven items adapted from "The Alwayses and the
Never-Evers Checklist," from PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's
insightful book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You.
Following the complete list will help you make every single week of your cat's
life the best it can be.
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To read the entire checklist,
pick up a copy of 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You
or click here to read a longer excerpt. There's
no time like Cat Week to promise your cat that you will do everything you can
to make him or her adore you.
(And if you would like to see photos of my cat,
please let my boss know in the comments section.)
by Heather Faraid Drennan
Our feline friends might think they’re as tough as Catwoman, but Gotham is full of perils for 15-pound balls of fur. Cats face countless dangers outdoors including cars, other animals, deadly contagious diseases, and cruel people who make The Joker look like Bozo the clown.
PETA routinely gets calls from people whose “outdoor” cats have been poisoned, shot, or tortured to death. In Florida, authorities found lost dogs and cats housed in a warehouse used by dogfighters. In South Dakota, a fur trader was caught selling the skins of cats he had trapped. In Washington, D.C., a cat who went out for her daily stroll returned home covered in hot grease burns.
So what do you do when your cat sits at the door and meows at you as if to say, “I think I’d like to go for a stroll”? Why not tag along?
PETA staffer Chris "Vegan Fury" Holbein takes his morning constitutional with cat Brow Brow and dog Maggie.
There’s no time like Be Kind to Animals Week to give cat-walking a try. Many cats will walk on a harness with an extendable leash after a few days of getting used to it. If that makes Mr. Bigglesworth feel too much like Benji, perhaps he would prefer being chauffeured in a Kittywalk stroller.
You can also make the great indoors more alluring by providing lots of interactive toys and scratching posts and playing games with your cat. For more ideas, peruse 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You by PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Crazy cat ladies of America, you have some explaining to do. According to a recent Associated Press poll, 55 percent of cat guardians are in favor of declawing, while only 8 percent of dog fanciers agree with debarking, or surgically removing dogs' vocal chords.
I can only hope that most of the people who voted for declawing don't know exactly what it is. Declawing is like taking a hatchet to a hangnail—literally. It involves 10 separate, painful surgeries, severing not just the nails but the whole joint, including the bones, ligaments, and tendons.
Complications of declawing include chronic pain, nerve damage, hemorrhaging, bone chips, recurrent infections, and abnormal regrowth of the nail inside the paw. Oh, and let's not forget those other two common "complications"—biting and spraying. I've had two declawed cats in my life (both were already declawed when they came to me), and one was a biter and the other is a sprayer. Think snagged furniture is the worst of your problems? Try walking into a house that reeks of cat urine. It takes destruction of property to a whole new level.
Declawed Teddy: He's so gorgeous, I can forgive him for spraying on anything in a box or plastic bag.
Not all declawed cats become biters and sprayers, of course, but you have no way of knowing how your cat will react until it's too late. Declawing is a permanent solution to what is often a temporary problem. Kittens usually outgrow their urge to scale the drapes and attack your wiggling toes. Most cats naturally gravitate toward scratching posts and cardboard scratching boxes, especially if you make them more alluring with catnip and toys. Claws' destructiveness can be curtailed with biweekly trimming. You trim your dog's nails—why not your cat's?
Find more tips on discouraging cats from scratching furniture in PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You.
Via The Sacramento Bee
Written by Alisa Mullins
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