Unfortunately, UW-Madison's abusive treatment of Double
Trouble was not an anomaly. Nearly every cat who has been subjected to this experiment
has suffered from chronic infections as a result of the traumatic head and eye wounds
that experimenters inflict upon them. To make matters worse, the cats imprisoned
in this laboratory are coerced to cooperate in experiments by starving them of food for up to six days at
a time. A U.S. Department of Agriculture report prompted
by a PETA complaint found that there was a "pattern
of recurring infections" at this laboratory and that
some cats had such serious health complications that they had to be euthanized.
One cat, NJ, had to have her eye cut out because of an incurable infection
caused by the metal coil implanted in her eye.
Here are the disturbing stories of cats who were tormented in this experiment during the same time period as
Double Trouble, some of whom have been imprisoned there fore more than a decade:
Cali (aka "G12") was a
short-haired cat whom experimenters repeatedly injected with a highly toxic
chemical in a crude attempt to intentionally deafen her. According to
UW-Madison's records, Cali's health precipitously declined over the next
several days. Her eyes were squinting; she became depressed, thin, and dehydrated;
and experimenters had to force-feed her to keep her alive. Eventually, she
could not stand on her own, and experimenters euthanized her.
Broc (aka "Cat
a short-haired gray and white cat who had a metal post screwed to her skull
that caused an open wound, which, according to UW-Madison's records, had "thick/purulent
discharge" and "serious seepage." She became withdrawn,
dehydrated, anorexic, agitated, lethargic, and depressed and repeatedly had
digestive problems. In 2012, UW staff failed to notice that Broc's
skin had come into contact with a scalding-hot heating pad, and Broc was burned
so badly she needed surgery to treat the wound. UW-Madison was cited for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act
as a result of this negligence.
Daisy (aka "Cat
a short-haired tabby cat who underwent the typical nine-hour surgery to implant
metal coils in her eyes and ears and to screw a steel post to her skull.
According to UW-Madison's records, Daisy lost 32 percent of her body weight when
the laboratory intentionally starved her, and she suffered from repeated
bacterial infections in her eyes and head.
Slinky (aka "Cat
a short-haired tabby cat who had metal coils implanted in her eyes and ears and
a steel post screwed to her skull. Afterward, according to UW-Madison's
records, her face became severely swollen, "extend[ing] from eyes to ears on both sides." Eventually, Slinky's infection became so severe that UW staff had to euthanize her.
Timmy (aka "Cat
a white and grey cat who underwent surgery to have a steel post screwed to her
skull and metal coils implanted in her eyes. Afterward, according to UW-Madison's
records, her skin sutures did not hold together, her wound opened, and her
skull was exposed. Her eye coils also caused irritation and had to be repaired.
Patches (aka "G04")
was, according to UW-Madison records, a short-haired white, black, and red cat who developed swollen ears following
her surgeries, but UW-Madison staff failed to pursue treatment. According to
UW-Madison's records, an abscess developed the following month. Later, a
purulent discharge was repeatedly observed around her head post, antibiotics
were administered, and Patches was eventually euthanized.
Marble (aka "G03")
a short-haired calico cat who developed a purulent discharge around her steel-post
head implant that UW-Madison staff noticed was emanating a "strong odor."
According to UW-Madison's records, her overall health deteriorated, she was
observed "not moving
around," and she was eventually euthanized.
Tiger (aka "Cat
32") is, according to UW-Madison's records, a blue and white cat who underwent surgery to have a steel post screwed to her
skull and coils implanted into her eyes and ears. Following her surgery,
according to UW-Madison's records, her eyes were squinted, with bloody
discharge present, and her head became swollen. Experimenters tried replacing
her eye coils, but discharge was still present.
Mama Grey (aka "Cat
a blue short-haired cat whom UW-Madison staff noted was very thin as a result
of her chronic starvation. According to UW-Madison's records, following surgery
her head-post wound became infected, her eyes squinted shut, and she became
lethargic. She was repeatedly observed rubbing her eyes, indicating discomfort,
and she was eventually euthanized.
Help speak out and tell
UW-Madison that cats are not living science experiments. Like the cats with
whom millions of us share our homes, the cats used in these experiments are sensitive
individuals who should be treated with respect and protected from abuse.