Declawing Your Cat

Written by Brad Knell

Declawing Your Cat

This is a very controversial topic which has a lot of emotion behind but it needs to be looked at. As a cat owner who has experienced difficulty dealing withrepparttar cat scratching issue in my home it is difficult not to be biased but let's giverepparttar 150077 issue of declawing its due and see what exactlyrepparttar 150078 pros and cons are.

There are 2 types of surgical procedures which are commonly done to eradicate this problem. One involves cuttingrepparttar 150079 tendon that attachesrepparttar 150080 claw torepparttar 150081 bone in a cats foot. The claw stays intact butrepparttar 150082 cat can't use it at all because it is no longer attached torepparttar 150083 tendon that works it.

The second procedure employsrepparttar 150084 use of a laser for cutting. This procedure removesrepparttar 150085 lateral attachment. The claw is then removed.

Proponents of both these procedures claim there is minimal blood loss and discomfort. They also state that most cats are up running around in no time afterrepparttar 150086 surgery. Great!

However, what they fail to mention is that both procedures are invasive (any surgical procedure is), both require general anethestic, and both can result in complications especially for older cats. The second procedure is quite plainly amputation. They also fail to mention what many people have stated - that post-surgery their cat developed a biting problem that was not prevelant prior torepparttar 150087 surgery. What I have read also doesn't account forrepparttar 150088 many reports of people's cats undergoing drastic behavior changes afterwards.

One such advocate I read about stated that "there will be medical reasons and other circumstances where this procedure will be necessary." But it fails to cite any of those reasons.

For me at least, it all comes back torepparttar 150089 question - "How would you like to have part ofrepparttar 150090 anatomy God gave you amputated?" For me, there is only one "pro" After declawing, no matter what procedure you opt to have done, your cat will no longer be able to claw your furniture and carpets. The "cons" however, are still stacked against this and they are many!

Pet Loss: Should You Clone Your Cat?

Written by Gary Nugent

Clone a Cat, Go To Jail

...or at least pay a fine. That'srepparttar goal of animal welfare activists who announced recently that they are seeking state and federal restrictions onrepparttar 150053 small but growing pet-cloning industry.

The effort has been spearheaded byrepparttar 150054 American Anti-Vivisection Society [AAVS] (in suburban Philadelphia), and takes aim at companies such as Genetic Savings and Clone Inc.,repparttar 150055 California company that began to fill orders for cloned cats last year. The clones - which have sold for $50,000 each - are genetic duplicates of a customer's deceased pet and representrepparttar 150056 leading edge of an emerging sector that advocates predict could eventually reap billions of dollars for corporate cloners. The movie,repparttar 150057 6th Day , starringrepparttar 150058 erstwhile governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, features pet cloning businesses in a shopping mall during its opening sequences. It may soon berepparttar 150059 case that life imitates art in this respect and pet cloning franchises may start popping up in common shopping venues. But not ifrepparttar 150060 AAVS have their way.

Should Cloning Be Allowed?

Several companies are racing to compete with Genetic Savings and Clone,repparttar 150061 current industry leader, which has produced about a half-dozen cloned cats and aims to achieverepparttar 150062 more difficult goal of cloning a dog this year. Some companies are already selling fish genetically engineered to glow inrepparttar 150063 dark, while one has said it will soon produce cats engineered to not cause reactions in people allergic to them.

The AAVS petitionedrepparttar 150064 Department of Agriculture to regulate pet-cloning companies as it does other animal research labs underrepparttar 150065 Animal Welfare Act. The act demands minimum standards of animal care and detailed reporting ofrepparttar 150066 fates of laboratory animals. They have also been working with a California lawmaker to introduce state legislation that would banrepparttar 150067 sale of cloned or genetically engineered pets.

Are Grieving Pet Owners Being Taken Advantage Of?

"Pet cloning companies offer false hope of never having to let go of a pet and are causing harm to animals inrepparttar 150068 process,"repparttar 150069 AAVS concluded in a report, "Pet Cloning: Separating Facts From Fluff."

Managers of Genetics Savings and Clone denied emphatically that their enterprise takes advantage of grieving pet owners or harms animals. "We bend over backwards to make sure people are doing this forrepparttar 150070 right reasons," said company president Lou Hawthorne. Nonetheless, he said, "we're open to additional oversight, provided it makes sense."

The Risks Involved For Cloned Animals

Previously cloned animals have suffered high rates of biological abnormalities and unexpected deaths during gestation and inrepparttar 150071 first days of life. Hawthorne said that has not beenrepparttar 150072 case with cats. But critics saidrepparttar 150073 process raises other concerns, includingrepparttar 150074 welfare of egg donor and surrogate-mother animals that must undergo multiple surgeries as part ofrepparttar 150075 process of making clones.

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