Sunday, May 10, 2015

Getting Cats Declawed

Have you ever wanted to or thought about getting your cat declawed?
I am sorry to say that I actually considered this at one point, my thoughts quickly changed and I would never do it to a cat. My cat destroyed a leather jacket and was starting in on the furniture, I had to do something quickly and this was a thought.
 I found a hanging scratch pad that she had no interest in and then got a stand up scratch post that she just walked by, I was frustrated with what to do. I would keep putting her near it every time she scratched, she had no interest in it no matter what I tried.
 My thoughts went to other options and having her claws removed came to mind, I quickly changed my mind about this course of action. As much as I wanted her to stop I could not do this, she is a house cat and I kept thinking if she did get out she could not protect herself.

Cats Protection

Cats have claws for hunting and for protection, I keep her in the house and she should not ever have the need to do either. I still want her to be able if she was ever to get out, and recently she did get out overnight and I was worried. I know I would have been more upset if she did not have any way to protect herself. I see this as a cruel thing to do now but understand there may be a rare need to have it done sometime, I just do not have any examples right now as a good reason for having it done.

Getting A Cat Declawed

 If you are going to have this done I feel it would be best when the cat is young. It may be much more painful when they are older plus they are use to having claws and it may be cruel to do when older.

  If you are deciding to have this done make sure you think it out well, the cat will thank you and I would also.  This is a decision that can not be reversed and it would be cruel even if it could be done.

Cutting A Cats Nails

I fight to cut my cats nails on a regular basis and this keeps her from scratching so much, it is the only thing that I have been able to do that has slowed her scratching.

I do wish I cut her nails every week when she was growing up so she became use to it. It is a battle with her every time I do it now because I did not get her use to it when she was young. If you have a kitten I recommend you get her use to it now.

 After I do get her nails cut she no longer wants to scratch so much until they grow back. I have a pattern of cutting them every other weekend now and she is slowly getting use to it and fighting less.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My Cat Is Missing

  During the night I awoke to discover the cat was not in bed with us, This is unusual but does happen from time to time. I called and she did not come, I know cats do not listen however my cat always comes running to the bedroom when called so now I start to really worry.  I get up and start looking to no avail, she is not in the house.

My Cat Is Missing

  I try to think back as to when she could have got out and realize the door
Sassy the cat image
was open numerous times between 6 pm and bedtime around 10 pm. It is now 1:30 am and I can not go yelling in the streets, I looked around the house and walked the area quietly. When the sun came up I stopped home for coffee and better shoes because my feet were blistered.

 Twenty minutes later I was out walking again and most of my neighbors were put on notice to look for her, at this point I really start to worry because we have large hawks and owls that pick up animals in the area. This would not usually be a concern for a cat except that my cat has never been out and knows nothing about survival, she is also extremely small for her age and is the same size at 6 years old as she was at 6 months old. One of these animals could easily carry her away.

Missing Pet

  What I can do to find her keeps going through my mind, I do not even have a collar on her because she never goes out. I decide that if I get her back I will get her a address collar and take extra steps to make sure she never gets out. I am thinking while I walk about making fliers and getting an ad in the paper, it all seams like a bad dream. I can not believe how attached I am to this animal and it comes to me that she is my family, my friend, and missing.

Around 10 am I am exhausted from walking and my feet are throbbing, I come home to change my bloody socks. My mother is at my house and has the door open with food out in case the cat smells it, my girlfriend has driven my truck around the area because it has a very distinct sound.

 The cat comes walking in like nothing has happened, it was funny because it looked like she did not want me to know she was missing. I can not tell you all the feelings that were going through me at that point, I was emotional.

My Cat Was Home Safe

After finding her my lady suggested inventing a gps for cats, I said that is a good idea and I am sure someone already has made them. I was right and found one here by accident, it is a GPS cat collar that locates the cat at any given time. It has many other features so you can tell the cats normal range, and it's patterns. You can set it to email or text you when the cat leaves an area. I liked this and my Sassy is wearing it now, I set it to notify me if she leaves the house so I know instantly if she gets out again.

GPS Collars

I found a list of Gps collars an Amazon and picked this one even though it is slightly large for my small cat. This one had many features that I liked and were useful, the main one is that it does not turn on the GPS unless it is outside the set area or you activate tracking. This makes the battery last long and does not need regular charging.

image of GPS cat collar
 I like that it tells you if the cat leave the area which you can set up as your home, this way you know if the cat gets out as soon as it does. It does many other things as well that I have no need for at this time however I may want them at a later date. By clicking on the image you will be taken to the order page that tell all about it and other models that do different things, this way you have some choice in what you get.

 I hope I never have to say my cat is missing again, I am better prepared now in case something does happen.  You would think I was making earthquake preparations, I have a list of neighbors to call and pictures for fliers. She has a GPS tracking system and an address collar with phone number. I watch all the doors better now and check more often on where she is.