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In The News / Petco Shelves Soon To Be EMPTY!
« Last post by Lola on November 13, 2018, 03:19:38 PM »
Can't wait to see how they are going to trick consumers.... unless they empty their shelves.

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Petco announced it will not sell food and treats containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives* for dogs and cats by May 2019. The move makes Petco the first and only major retailer of pet food and treats to take a stand against such ingredients, reaffirming the company's commitment to being the lifelong, trusted partner – for pets and pet parents, alike.
GENERAL CAT CARE / Re: Catering to Jennie
« Last post by ThreeStep on November 13, 2018, 06:31:05 AM »
Room service anyone?
GENERAL CAT CARE / Re: Catering to Jennie
« Last post by Middle Child on November 13, 2018, 05:47:16 AM »
An hour later she is ready for her tummy massage......
GENERAL CAT CARE / Re: Catering to Jennie
« Last post by Middle Child on November 13, 2018, 05:46:22 AM »
Nom nom nom....wash wash wash...
GENERAL CAT CARE / Re: Catering to Jennie
« Last post by Middle Child on November 13, 2018, 05:45:28 AM »
See her eyes light up!
GENERAL CAT CARE / Catering to Jennie
« Last post by Middle Child on November 13, 2018, 05:44:54 AM »
" Jennie!  Time to eat!"

( she doesn't come but Queen Eva indicates she's in the bedroom so I go in there and......)

Hi Mom....I'm comfy here...don't want to move, really
Cat Food And Nutrition / Re: The on-going ever-evolving process of feeding Mazy cat
« Last post by Pookie on November 12, 2018, 07:51:33 PM »
I am going to talk to the vet about it.  For some reason I feel like anesthesia is the lesser of the two "evils" here, but I don't know why. I think it's because, under anesthesia she doesn't know anything at all.  I worry being drugged up will just make her more anxious.

Good point!

Unfortunately, I don't really have any advice on this, other than to say "go with your gut."  If your gut is telling you it's better to go with anesthesia than gabapentin, then you should listen to your gut, IMO.

I think one of my concerns (and in my VERY brief search, I didn't find the answer) is:  how long has gabapentin been used as a sedative in cats for this purpose?  My guess would be that it's use this way is much more recent, and if that's the case, perhaps it's better to go with something that vets have been using on cats for a long time (anesthesia), where they know the risks and how to handle them, than to use something that's fairly new and lesser-known.  Just my  2cents.
Declawing / Re: Dr Jean Dodds on "declawing"
« Last post by Middle Child on November 12, 2018, 06:58:34 PM »
In my cynical opinion there is not a vet in this country who doesn't know the negative life long effects of feline toe amputation.  It isn't possible, in this day and age, that there is any vet who doesn't know it's been banned in more than 40 countries because it is considered unethical, mutilation, inhumane. 

Vets know that cats are digitigrade and use those toes to bear 60% of their weight.  Vets know that when these toe ends are amputated, the cat is crippled for life, the entire body is misaligned, forever.

That the cat now has to walk on little bones that were never meant to bear weight. 60% of the cat's weight bearing down on little unsupported bones never meant to carry any weight at all.  Does this cause pain, chronic pain? Of course it does. Not only in their little feet, but in their backs, and legs and shoulders and spines.

  Vets know that cats need their claws not only because they walk on those toe bones the claws grow out of, but for balance, for exercise, for physical and mental health and well being.

Vets know that the surgery, regardless of how it's done, is so painful even under anesthesia the cat reacts when the bone is cut. Some vets give shots of local into each toe along with the anesthesia and send the cat home with pain meds.  Some vets don't even bother with pain meds. I know it hurts to read that, but it is true and documented.

A vet who uses the excuses "keeps the cat in the home" is either an idiot or a liar. I vote for both actually, but vets who declaw are accomplished liars.  They say things like "no different from a spay or neuter"  "cats don't need their claws". "I can take the claw without cutting the bone". "laser is painless and bloodless". "After the cat heals there is no pain".  "Improves the human pet bond". "Saves lives". "I've done hundreds of declaws and have never seen a problem"

These are ALL lies. And declawing vets know it.

And that really really stupid one  "if I do it at least I know it's done right".  Sure.  And how to explain the thousands of declawed cats in shelters, dumped for "aggression" or avoiding the litter box.  That doesn't even count the ones who were dumped on a remote road, or tied up in a box and thrown in a dumpster, thrown from a moving car window.  Or the ones "euthanized" because their behavior problems are so bad they are considered "un-adoptable".  And why not visit "New Lease on Life" where the new paw repair specialty is in action, correcting all these mutilated cats' feet that these vets just HAD to do, to save this cat's home.

Declaw vets don't want to know about that either.

There is one reason vets continue to amputate the toes of cats. MONEY. They make enormous profit from it. No one will ever convince me to think differently. They do it out of greed. Pure greed.

Declawing / Re: Dr Jean Dodds on "decalwing"
« Last post by Lola on November 12, 2018, 05:13:59 PM »
I'm including a quote from the part that stood out the most for me.

Why Vets Declaw

Many also wonder why veterinarians are still performing the procedure. The reasons could be: ignorance or misunderstanding about the policy changes; what they were taught to do in veterinary school; not staying abreast of the latest relevant medical research; or even monetary.
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