Basic Cat Care Questions

I have a pet with behavioral issues, how can I help them?

Please check out our PASS Program which lists numerous of pet behavioral issues with advice and strategies from pet behavior experts.

Should I have my cat declawed?

Advocates 4 Animals, along with major pet welfare organizations such as the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Cat Fanciers Association, strongly oppose cat declawing in any situation. The following countries have outlawed cat declawing: Israel, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. Cats use their claws for protection, balance, exercising, for stretching the muscles in the legs, back, and paws, and to mark their own territory. Not only does the cat mark an object visibly by scratching it, but the scratching deposits secretions from glands in the feet that can be smelled by other cats. In addition, scratching gives the cat reassurance of self-defense by the contraction of the claws. The standard declawing procedure calls for the removal of the claw, the cells at the base responsible for the growth, tendons and ligaments, and the terminal bone of the toe. The operation is actually an amputation comparable to the removal of the fingers of the human hand at the last knuckle. The cat experiences considerable pain in the recovery and healing process. In addition to the need for general anesthesia, which always presents a certain degree of risk to the cat’s health and life, infection and blood loss are possible surgical complications of declawing. If the whole claw is not removed, misshapen claws can grow back, requiring additional surgery. Abnormal growth of severed nerve ends can also occur, causing long-term, painful sensations in the toes. A declawed cat is, in reality, a clubfooted animal. Posture, mood, and behavior can be irrevocably altered, and gone is the easeful grace that is the cat's birthright. Some cats experience severe stress, stop using their litter pan, and exhibit other side effects that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. For more information, please visit Cat Scratching Solutions.

What type of food should I feed my cat?

One of the main reasons cats should always have wet food in their daily diet is to promote proper hydration. In addition, cats are obligate carnivores, which means they must eat meat and cannot survive on a vegetarian and especially not a vegan diet. A diet consisting of daily wet food provides both the hydration and the adequate nutritional needs of a carnivous diet. Instead of using wet food as a "treat" or as a supplement to your cat's dry food, it should really be the other way around. Use a little bit of dry food as a treat, or put it in an interactive toy for your cat to hunt throughout the day, and let the majority of most cats' daily caloric intake come from a high protein, low carbohydrate canned cat food. For more information, check our Preventative Vet.

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