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.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Man With Cat As A Pet

 Being a man with a cat as a pet I sometimes get looks when I tell people that I have a cat, I am guessing these people think a cat is a feminine type pet.  I would not trade my cat for anything, she is my first cay and I was surprised at how much of a personality she has.

My Cat Sassy

 She likes to be with me and whatever room I am in she is there with me, I had to make a bed for her near me in the office to keep her off the computer desk. I did not mind her on the desk with me but it was hard to see the monitor. We have established a bond where we trust each other, you can say she is my friend and I consider her to be my best friend.
Sassy sleeping on computer desk

  Being a man and having a cat never crossed my mind when I took her in and gave her a loving home, If I am judged by having a cat as a pet then this world is in worst condition then I thought. I can assure you that nobody will shame me into feeling bad, I love this cat.

  I think is is surprise to some people, mostly women like cats and have them. I catch them off guard when I say I have one and it is fun to see the look I get sometimes, you can always tell a cat lover because you see their face light up and want to know all about my baby.

 Having a cat has always been an adventure, she has kept my company on some lonely nights. And recently kept me up all night when she got out and I could not find her. I looked all night and 5 hours after the sun came up, this was incredible and I will never forget it.
  I was home changing my bloody socks because I walked so much looking for her that I got blisters that were bleeding, I left the door open hoping she would come home and she came walking in like nothing was wrong. It looked like she was trying to make me think she was there the whole time.

Sassy's Experience

This was here first night out alone ever, she is a house cat and I can tell she was happy to be back inside. She did not go near a door for 4 days or try to get out again yet. I think she had a bad experience and was scared, I got up to go the the bathroom before midnight and noticed she was not in bed. From that time on I was out looking for her, I am not sure when she got out and I know the last time I seen her was around 6 pm when I feed her.

My experience

  I have been extra careful to watch her, I thought she might be gone and I was heartbroken. I use to think they were just animals and you could get another. She changed that, I know she is one of a kind and losing her would hurt.

 I am careful about her getting out and I am looking for a name tag that can hold me name, number, and address that is small enough for a cat. I know that is not a cure for anything, but if she is found maybe it will help her get back to me. My only worry with that is she is such a nice animal that who finds her may keep her for themselves.   I make sure she does not get out.

Man With A Cat

  So I am a man with a cat and proud of it, I will not lose her and make sure to not let her get out again. She is little and quick, she watches and looks for weaknesses she can exploit and use to get out. I see her do this, she is so smart and plans things out. A very special cat for a good and loving man, we make a great pair.