Cat Project Archives for June 24-28, 2019.
24, 2019: "Does the father figure in your cat's life
ever clean the litter box? My husband claims that men lack
the scooping gene." - Barbara L. Diamond
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Does this mirror make my face look fat?"
Cat Mewvie: Oh, to sleep like
Feline Art: "Dancing
is no reason to declaw your cat.
by Linda Rosenthal
Five years ago, I was introduced to Dr. Jennifer Conrad and Jim Jensvold,
both with the Paw Project, who pushed for the ban on wild cat declawing
in California, as well as bans in eight California cities, Denver, Colorado
and much of Canada.
We ate together, shared photos of our cats and talked about a more humane
world. Then, Jim and Jennifer screened The Paw Project Movie, a documentary
film they produced to show the horrors of cat declawing to the world.
That day, we agreed to work together to ban cat declawing in New York
A few weeks later, I introduced the bill we co-authored. Five years later,
with the passage of my bill by both houses of the legislature Tuesday,
New York is poised to become the first state in the nation to ban cat
Why did we do this? The reason is simple.
Declawing a cat is not like getting a mani-pedi at a day spa. Whether
it is performed by laser or the old-fashioned way, it's a surgery during
which nearly all of the cat's first-toe bones, along with the tendons
and ligaments, are removed. This brutal, permanent disfigurement leaves
many cats with chronic, lifelong pain, much like amputees who experience
phantom pain associated with their lost limbs.
Unlike human amputation, which is most often performed to save a life,
cats are declawed to save a couch or the curtains.
Cats scratch things. Like purring and meowing, scratching is an instinct,
something cats are born to do. Denying cats the ability to satisfy one
of their most basic behaviors is cruel. It also causes many cats to experience
a variety of negative side effects, including aggression and depression.
Many declawed cats resort to biting and litter box avoidance or both.
Imagine coming home from 10 toe bone amputations and then having to dig
in the litter box gravel or being robbed of your first line of defense,
your nails, and having to use your teeth instead.
Biting is much more likely than scratching to transmit dangerous bacteria
to immuno-compromised cat lovers, which is why health authorities don't
recommend cat declawing to protect people with compromised immune systems.
The behavioral issues that result from declawing cause families to surrender
their cats to shelters. If people can't tolerate a little bit of cat
scratching, they certainly won't tolerate aggression, biting, depression
and litter box avoidance.
Though the law in most states, including New York, still considers animals
property, we know better. Our cats are part of our families. We are not
entitled to disfigure them or cause them life-long pain for our convenience.
With so many alternatives available, there's no reason to declaw your
New York may be the first in the United States to take this leap, but
we are following the lead of many developed countries, including Sweden,
Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the UK, where the practice
is either illegal or performed in only extreme circumstances.
Once the bill is signed, as we trust it will be, New York will set the
standard in the United States. It's our hope, and the hope for cat lovers
everywhere, that other states will follow our lead. We're looking at
you New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, West Virginia and California,
all of which have legislation pending to ban cat declawing.
The New York State Legislature has provided the playbook, and with cat
lovers, lawmakers and other advocates like the Paw Project leading the
charge, we are confident that it's a matter of when, and not if, the
other 49 states act to ban the inhumane practice of cat declawing.
25, 2019: "We should be careful to get out of an experience
only the wisdom that is in it and stop there, lest we be
like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will
never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well;
but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: The soot-sprites request breakfast.
Cat Mewvie: Socializing feral
kittens. A success story.
Feline Art: "Sphynx
by Sam Schaber.
26, 2019: "The reason cats climb is so that they can
look down on almost every other animal...it's also the
reason they hate birds." - K.C. Buffington
Cat Mewvie: Bad-ass kitty.
27, 2019: "Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Nope. No super-glue remover in here, either."
Cat Mewvie: That would have fooled
Feline Art: Watercolor
cat. Artist unknown.
28, 2019: "My cat speaks sign language with her tail." -
Robert A. Stern
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Other kitten? What other kitten? No kitten
here. No siree bob!"
Cat Mewvie: "The vet will
never find me here."
Feline Art: "In
the Pink" by
Kitty That Lived
Once upon a time (for all the best stories start with these words) in
a faraway place called Texas , the Kitty who lived was born. At first
he was just like all his brothers and sisters, although he was quite
small. But when they all opened their eyes, he couldn’t see very
well. The other kitties wouldn’t let him eat and he became sad
and when they grew big, he stayed small.
All the kitties were at the adoption place and soon, he was all alone.
Then a lady came and took him home. But, she brought him back to the
place, and never came back.
He was very sad and didn’t want to eat. And there was something
wrong- he couldn’t see at all!
Then a man came and took him to a nice place, and cleaned his eyes and
he could see a little again. But after a while, he was back at the place.
Seemed like nobody wanted him. He didn’t want to eat and there
was no one to play with.
The people tried to find him a home and they were nice, but it was cold
and lonely at the place. Especially at night.
One day , they took him to a big noisy store and put him in another cage.
He didn't like it there. but some people would play with him, and open
his cage! But they always put him back. They were taking all the lonely
kitties back to the place when another lady opened his cage. She picked
him up and gave him a big kiss and said to a man To hold him!! And the
three of them left the noisy store.
They took him to what they called home- and there was another cat there.
His name was Face and he explained to the new kitty, about Mommy and
Dad, and what kitties job was. Face told him that there had been other
kitties and Mom and Dad loved them, but the special kitty hadn’t
come yet. Face was going to stay until Homer (that was his new name)
learned everything he needed to know about his humans.
The Mommy and Dad took him to the vet and they gave him medicine and
shots, but when they went home the Mommy was crying. Face told him that
they didn’t think that Homer would stay with them, but Face thought
that Homer could be the special kitty. And helped him stay.
But Face was nearing his time. And he taught Homer to climb and run and
how to steal pork chops. Face loved Pork chops. And when the time came-
Face crossed the bridge and promised Homer that Mommy and Dad would love
him and one day when Homers job was done, Face would show him to the
And Homer stayed. And learned to drink with his paw, and went to live
in a new place. Homer learned about snow and backyards and riding in
cars. And like he promised Face, he never let Mommy and Dad sleep alone
and made sure they didn’t drown in baths. And Homer was the special
One day Homer was very tired, and Face came to see him. Mommy and Dad’s
hearts were full. He’d done his job, it was time for the Rainbow
bridge. Mommy held him close and gave him kisses and sang him away. He
promised to wait at the Bridge for Mommy and Dad.
That’s the story of the kitty who wasn’t supposed to live
6 months and stayed 14 years. I can’t say I will be around for
the comments. I can barely see to type.