Declawing Your Cat

Written by Brad Knell

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We had a terrible experience with our cat Milo, when he recently developed a lower urinary tract infection and had to be admitted to stay 2 nights in a local vet clinic while he underwent surgery and monitoring for this common cat health problem. After seeing how terrified he was atrepparttar clinic and then worrying whether he would live or not because he refused to eat anything for a week after we got him home and had to be forcibly fed water to keep him hydrated, we simply could not bring ourselves to considerrepparttar 150077 idea of declawing no matter how stressful his clawing behavior was.

Milo is part of our family. God gave him allrepparttar 150078 parts he has for a reason and declawing to us is tantamount to saying he is less important than any other member of our family; something that we couldn't bring ourselves to think.

Pets count on us to look after their best interests. When we take onrepparttar 150079 responsibility of owning a pet we make what should be a statement of promise to protect them, nuture them and ensure that they are looked after. If you are considering declawing as a way to deal with your cats clawing behavior, I would urge you to please try some less invasive methods first before you resort to such a drastic measure. Why risk potential side-effects andrepparttar 150080 trauma that can accompany any surgical procedure if there are clearly other, less invasive ways of dealing with this problem?

Brad Knell is the webmaster at and several other websites designed to help people solve their pet problems.

Pet Loss: Should You Clone Your Cat?

Written by Gary Nugent

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The Risks To Owners

The potential for consumer fraud is also an issue. Clones tend to be ordered by people who are grievingrepparttar loss of a much-loved pet and who may have unrealistically high expectations of their clones. Although they share identical genetic profiles, clones do not always resemble originals because coat patterns are not strictly genetically determined. Personalities and behavior patterns are even less predictable onrepparttar 150053 basis of genetics alone. All personalities are products of some basic genetics, andrepparttar 150054 environment in whichrepparttar 150055 animal is raised and, since a particular environment can never be perfectly recreated (there's always a random element) personalities will, most likely, be different as well in any clone. "Consumers are likely underrepparttar 150056 impression that a clone is a carbon copy. We believe they are being misled," AAVS policy analyst Crystal Miller-Spiegel said.

David Magnus, director of Stanford University's Center for Biomedical Ethics, spoke more bluntly. "People are not getting what they think they're getting," Magnus said. "This is a $50,000 rip-off."

There is certainly a war of words beginning betweenrepparttar 150057 cloning businesses andrepparttar 150058 AAVS. It's likely to become a more contentious issue as there's potentially a lot of money to be made (at $50,000 per kitten) and companies may seerepparttar 150059 AAVS's concerns as hurting those potential profits. It's going to be a case of "Watch This Space".


Personally, however, cloning is one option I'm not in favor of but it might be for you if you're looking at replacing a pet that's died. As I mentioned above,repparttar 150060 clone may look identical to your lost companion butrepparttar 150061 personality will likely be different. That's not to sayrepparttar 150062 personality will be better or worse, just different. Look at it this way - how many sets of identical twins haverepparttar 150063 same personalities despite havingrepparttar 150064 same genetic make-up and being raised inrepparttar 150065 same environment? There are always random factors involved. Every personality is unique and passes by this way only once.

If you find yourself in a position where you would consider cloning to be an option that will help you cope withrepparttar 150066 death of your cat, you should do some background reading first. The National Geographic have a news item on pet cloning and some people's reaction to it.

Gary Nugent, a software engineer by profession, has been a life-long animal lover, especially of cats and is the webmaster of - a site that helps you make the best choices to keep your cat healthy, happy and long-lived. Why not sign up for the Moggy Morsels newsletter and keep up to date with feline happenings?

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