The latest review of my book, Mighty Little Man: My Story, His Story, Our Story, was just published by Ingrid King of The Conscious Cat! Be sure to check it out at the link below, and don’t forget to scroll down to read through the comments so far!
Thank you, Ingrid!
Book Review: http://consciouscat.net/2015/06/26/review-mighty-little-man-jonathon-scott-payne/
Also, here’s the link to the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Little-Man-Story-His/dp/1493634046/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408707399&sr=1-1&keywords=mighty+little+man
I’ve read too many stories lately about people (if you can call them that) abusing animals. It’s long overdue, but as of 2016, the FBI will classify animal abuse right up there with felonies such as kidnapping and homicide. Don’t know how much difference it will make, but if this deters even one person from abusing an animal, then it’s worth it.
One day this past week on Facebook, I shared the story at the link above of a 7-year-old cat surrendered to a high-kill shelter because his owner bought a new sofa. While there is much more to the story (Tiger, the cat, is also gravely ill), such an act still seems to most people to be a very heartless thing to do. However, this story and many others like it spark an age-old debate: should cats be declawed?
Some countries outlaw the practice altogether. There are attempts ongoing in several states right here in the USA to do the same thing. However, there remain consistent arguments on both sides of the issue.
Those against argue that declawing a cat amounts to “mutilation,” that it is elective surgery and is not for the benefit of the cat but for his or her owners. They argue that some techniques result in very long healing times and can also result in infections and increased aggression on the part of the cat. They further argue that, once declawed, the cat will be essentially defenseless when out-of-doors.
Proponents of the practice, from my experience, are not so much “for” declawing as they are against the tendency of cats to sharpen their claws on the nearest piece of expensive furniture. They will also argue that other medical techniques require only a few days to heal and are much less invasive. They say that some owners are highly sensitive to bacteria on cats’ claws, and some veterinarians point out that most people who have their cats declawed are exceptional kitty caretakers—and naturally choose to keep their cats “indoor only.”
I believe the choice is a personal one, and should not be regulated. In my opinion, a cat who spends any amount of time outside should never be declawed. On the other hand, if declawing will prevent an owner from treating the cat as a disposable pet (as is apparent in Tiger’s case at the link above), then perhaps declawing is best—better than euthanasia—as long as the cat is kept indoors.
What do you think?
A few days ago I found and joined the most wonderful group on Facebook. Membership is at almost 12,000 strong and growing! It’s called, “Rainbow Bridge Cats by Barbara and Percy.” I’ll let Barbara’s description on the page speak for itself:
“I’VE CREATED A RAINBOW BRIDGE GROUPJUST FOR PERSONAL CAT LOSS ONLY. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COME AND SHARE YOUR GRIEF WITH US. THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN’T POST ABOUT YOUR KITTIES. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU ALWAYS UNTIL WE ARE REUNITED WITH OUR FAMILY OF FURBIES. THIS IS FOR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE CAT LOSS. TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT US. WE’RE THE ONLY GROUP LIKE IT ON FACEBOOK. I ALSO HAVE RAINBOW BRIDGE DOGS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE HAD DOGGIES OR STILL DO. ASK TO JOIN THAT GROUP AS WELL. I dedicate this group to my cat, purrsius. I love you forever.”
The outpouring of love, prayer, and support for the Mighty Little Man and me has truly been remarkable, and I’ve been a member for only a few days!
Please join this group and recommend it to your friends. We’ve all been in one of the most heart-wrenching situations we face in life: the loss of a beloved pet.
You will be glad you did!