Cats Need Claws: Petition

About 2 years ago, I created a petition, to get the barbaric declawing of cats abolished. I have been in talks with my representative and as many know, that representative has been stonewalling me. Saying things like we can’t put that on the docket right now, or not enough people are interested in said petition. yet over the years, the petition has accumulated 3,999 signatures. If it reaches 5,000 according to Change.Org, the petition could get media attention. (Not that I want or need that kind of attention, yet if it helps get this barbarity abolished so be it.)

With that being said, I will continue to push this issue, no matter how many times I may get stonewalled, or even ignored by the local Legislator. In addition, if I have to expand our petition to “All 50 States”. I will.

Therefore, I am asking once again for people to sign and share widely. So we can make this goal. Of getting declawing abolished for good.

Please sign and share https://chng.it/YGXxs5sq

Cats need claws since they cannot live a normal life without them. It’s like cutting off your knuckles, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people would be out of work if their knuckles, let alone their hands were all mangled. Cats have Jobs too, in fact, many Cats are Barn Cats, and their job is keeping rodents away from crops and feed. Then those who have cats as companions, also use them to keep rodents out of the house. And as much as I do love all animals including the little rodents, they cannot be in a person’s household, since they can spread illness and fleas. I allow my cats to track the mice, and I immediately place a humane trap, lined with peanut butter, cheese or veggies in front of where they may come in. I transport these mice to a faraway, field after they go into the traps. Now, I could not do this without my cats, and they would not be able to track without their claws.

And I’ll tell you why because if they were declawed, their mental status would be changed. They would be more focused on their paws, they would “shake” their paws with each step they took and they would lose balance. If they were declawed.

I’ve seen this too many times at the vet office I visit. These cats that have been declawed, act differently, the reason being is they are in pain, and with each step, it is completely painful.

However, I must state this, the Vet office I visit is completely against declawing. The cats that come in had it done elsewhere, and the Vets there are constantly explaining to these owners why their cats are acting out of the ordinary. There is NO REVERSAL for declawing, once done that’s it. Damage is done.

So yes, there are vets out there who will do this barbaric act of mutilation and not think twice. And these are the places that need restrictions and why I want to have this practice of declawing abolished.

Cats need their claws for more than just hunting and their job as rodent stoppers. They need their claws for Stretching, being able to grip is essential to them. Climbing to get away from others or an overly playful pup/dog. They need their claws for protection, because there is no guarantee you can keep your cat in doors 24/7. Trust me I know they are little escape artists/ninjas. And the last thing they need their claws for, is balance, yes balance. Tails can only help for so long when it comes to balance, yet their claws. When a cat is declawed, it’s not at all like clipping nails. Declawing is amputating the claw and related bone and muscle tissue. Without their claws, cats often have trouble balancing, with each step.

https://chng.it/YGXxs5sq Please Sign and Share.

Adopt or Rescue: Philly Felines

ACCT Philly, Philadelphia PA
🆘 Euthanasia Timestamp Sunday 10/24 10am
***Feral/afraid of people. If you have a barn or shop, then email lifesaving@acctphilly.org if you are willing to adopt***
⚠️ADOPTION or RESCUE⚠️
❤️PLEASE SHARE❤️

💰To pledge on Instagram the link is on my main page. On Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/ACCTPhillyPledgeForm

🔺🔺ADOPTERS & FOSTERS NEEDED🔺🔺
If you can ADOPT or FOSTER this cat, then email lifesaving@acctphilly.org

😿Charmed ACCT-A-92480
😿Ulysses ACCT-A-92476
🎥https://youtu.be/xzQWwF7adVY
🎥https://youtube.com/shorts/elAFOZ_GqJE?feature=share
▪️ Charmed and Ulysses are the last two remaining from a larger group of under-socialized cats who came to the shelter originally in June. A home was being remodeled & they were accidentally closed in the walls. They could be heard & the worker took hours to break away at the wall & free them all. They were all not aggressive, but found to be very sick with panleukopenia from which they have fully recovered. At ACCT they’ve provided a variety of housing options, including low stress cage-less housing, Charmed and Ulysses have not made any progress demonstrating comfort interacting with humans. They do enjoy exploring their surroundings and lounging but are extremely stressed by human interaction, something which cannot be avoided in the shelter. They were found indoors and are unfortunately not candidates for return to field and previous attempts to locate working cat placements have not been fruitful. They would ideally be placed together, but it is not necessary if that is a barrier.

📩Put the Cat’s name & id in the subject line of your email along with ADOPT or FOSTER. Email your name, telephone number, address & whether you are interested to foster for rescue or ACCT Philly or both. Additionally, give permission for ACCT Philly to share your info with rescues.
Understand you must be near a rescue to foster. You can reside farther to adopt, but understand that sick timestamped cats cannot travel far. ACCT only has volunteer transport for rescue up to 90 minutes one way.
⏲️ACCT Philly is open for walk-ins 10-6PM 7 days a week. It’s recommended to arrive no later than 4PM for adoption.
Any questions, ask. Thank you

More information is below👇
https://www.shelterluv.com/publish_animal/ACCT-A-92480
https://www.shelterluv.com/publish_animal/ACCT-A-92476
https://www.facebook.com/763661037349594/posts/1519319695117054/

Serious inquiries only. Again Euth date is set for Sunday 10/24. Please share everywhere.

Cats Need Forever Home: Perkiomenville shelter

We need YOUR help Facebook friends! Our Perkiomenville shelter recently took in 22 cats when their owner realized they couldn’t provide the care that they required. This situation got out of control because the family didn’t have their cat spayed and before they knew it their feline population was out of control. These cats were all kept inside and they are reportedly litterbox trained and good with children. Many of them are very friendly & sweet and they range in age from 4 months to about a year of age. They will be spayed/neutered, FELV/FIV tested, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption. If you have been considering adding a cat to your home now is a great time to consider adoption. If you’re not in a position to adopt please share this post to help us find loving homes for these felines in need. This collage of pictures is just a few of many great cats that are in need of a home.
If you’re interested in meeting and potentially adopting one or two 🙂 , please fill out an application located on our website http://www.montgomerycountyspca.org If you’re not in a position to adopt please share their post to help us find them a great home. They are currently housed at our Perkiomenville facility.

More information and adoptable companions can be located here: https://www.facebook.com/montgomerycountyspca/

Humane Society president discusses the surge of pet ownership during the pandemic — and what animals can teach us – The Washington Post

Kitty Block, 56, is president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International, an affiliate. Trained as a lawyer, Block has spent decades advocating on behalf of animal welfare, domestically and around the world.

During the pandemic, there’s been a huge surge in adopting pets. What do you think are the benefits of that trend, and also, maybe, the potential perils?
In a time of crisis, when people feel things are uncertain and people feel isolated or scared, to be able to bond with an animal is so important. For so many people, it wasn’t just: Oh, it’s convenient. I’m working from home. It’s: I need to have this kind of connection, this unconditional love. And [animals] provide that. That’s who they are. That’s what they do.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/humane-society-president-discusses-the-surge-of-pet-ownership-during-the-pandemic–and-what-animals-can-teach-us/2021/04/27/198f5bcc-9269-11eb-a74e-1f4cf89fd948_story.html

Petition Update

I have been debating whether or not to share this news with everyone. It breaks my heart that our Government in the state of Pennsylvania is heartless.

My correspondence:

From: Mary Robbins >
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2020 2:55 AM
To: PA Senator Katie Muth <senatormuth@pasenate.com>; Gaydos, Valerie <vgaydos@pahousegop.com>; LGoffice@pa.gov<LGoffice@pa.gov>
Subject: Petition Signatures: Outlaw Cat Declaw ■ EXTERNAL EMAIL ■

To Representatives, Senators and Lt Governor,I have attached the following document for you to look over. With the hopes that you will come to a logical and fair decision.The document contains over 850 signatures requesting that Pennsylvania, follow suit with New York, and outlaw the barbarity that is cat declawing.I am also including the link to the petition, https://www.change.org/p/pennsylvania-governor-outlaw-the-declawing-of-cats
Declawing of cats has been a part of managing the scratching behavior of objects in cats. However, this barbaric tradition to protect ”items” and other material possession has caused more harm than good. Declawing cats has left them physically and mentally scarred for life.
We sit here on the precipice of destroying our beloved companions just to protect a few pieces of furniture or walls. All of which can easily be replaced, repaired and or protected by other humane ways.

Declawing of cats should never be an option. Scratching objects and or trees is a natural instinct for cats. The Medical drawbacks to declawing include pain in the paw, infection, tissue necrosis (tissue death), lameness, and back pain. Removing claws changes the way a cat’s foot meets the ground and can cause pain similar to wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes.

Those who declaw their cats are basically torturing cats for a lifetime. Some cats, even big cats in zoos go through life never placing full weight on paws, some even developed a mental disorder. Leading them to constantly lick and or shake their paw uncontrollably.

Not to mention if cats should escape outside how would they ever defend themselves against other cats or wildlife? They wouldn’t and due to that inability to defend or climb a tree, they would most likely die.

Why declaw when There are many alternatives to declawing that doesn’t leave a hazardous effect. Such as having professional clip nails as they do for dogs. Nail caps that can be adjusted to their size. And then there is double-sided tape to protect walls and door frames. Bumpers to protect furniture and non-toxic apple bitter to deter them from scratching up surfaces.

There’s also an environmentally friendly cat tree. Made of hemp, cardboard, dead tree bark and sea rope. All of which is biodegradable and reusable.

Declawing should be nonexistent, it should be considered animal cruelty and punishable if done/practiced by any person.
I thank you for your time and understanding.

Regards Mrs. Mary Robbins

Their Response

The fact that it took them 6 months is appalling. Don’t even get me started on meetings. This is a blanket statement and a complete letdown. If the state of Pennsylvania refuses to hear their people then it’s time to go over heads.

I don’t trust the Secretary of Muth. If Muth was so involved with animal welfare there would be a TNR program in place. There would be NO-Kill shelters and there would be no open door policy shelters either.

There are now over 3,000 signatures plenty to get the ball rolling with the upper legislation via the POTUS/House/Senate legislation. I will continue to push this issue.

Cat food sold by Walmart in 8 states recalled due to salmonella risk

Meow Mix-brand cat food sold by Walmart in eight states is being recalled because it might be contaminated with salmonella, manufacturer J.M. Smucker announced in a notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

Two lots of 30-pound bags of Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food are involved in the recall and were shipped to more than 1,100 Walmart stores in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The lot numbers are 1081804 with an expiration date of September 14, 2022, and 1082804 with an expiration date of September 15, 2022. Consumers with questions can call J.M. Smucker at (888) 569-6728, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, the company said.

Salmonella symptoms in felines include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite and excessive drooling. People can also get salmonella from animals that have been in contact with contaminated food, or from handling it or touching unwashed surfaces that held them.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella infects 1.3 million Americans every year, killing about 420 and hospitalizing another 26,500. Those most at risk from salmonella include the elderly and children under five. Most of those stricken experience fever, vomiting, stomach pains, and diarrhea for four to seven days.

News Source: CBS

Lost Cat Norristown PA

Please spread the word! Jazzy was LOST on September 14, 2020 in Norristown, PA 19401 near Chain St. Near Riverfront Trail

Description: Black fixed cat with white spots on belly that resemble bikini. Very friendly and loves to rub and go in between legs. Will go to you if you put your hand out. Bottom spot almost looks like heart.

For more info or to contact Jazzy’s owner, click here: https://www.pawboost.com/p/6475932

Lost or found a pet? Report it to PawBoost here: https://pbrs.io/l/rpl

How To Find Lost Cats.

Missing cats:

Put a box outside with a blanket or sweatshirt that you have worn. Cats have a very strong sense of smell and it will help them find their way home. Look for the cat at dusk and dawn (any time at night when it’s quiet) using a flashlight. Look under bushes, decks in sheds or garages – especially when it’s cold. The light reflects off the cats eyes and you will be able to see them a few blocks away. Shake their bag of treats. (This usually makes them come running home.)

Post flyers around the neighborhood. Not everyone has facebook. Also post them at pet stores and other places that have bulletin boards like WAWA. Give flyers to the mailmen and bus drivers in the area and ask your neighbors to check their sheds and garages. Call the vets, shelters and police in the area.

Getting your cat microchipped will help in the future if they should escape again.

FINDING INDOOR ONLY CATS WHO ARE LOST

Indoor only cats rarely travel far – they seek an immediate hiding place (under a deck or porch, under brush, in a garage or shed) and hunker down out of fear. Immediately start searching around your house as well as your neighbor’s houses with a flashlight (get on your hands and knees and shine the light under decks etc) – shake a treat bag and call it’s name and listen for a possible soft meow. (they are too scared to come out) ASK YOUR NEIGHBORS TO OPEN GARAGES AND SHEDS TO SEE IF THE CAT GOT LOCKED INSIDE.

They can stay in this spot for weeks! Indoor only cats RARELY come out during the day – they only come out after dark and into the wee hours of the morning. Be sure to check the surrounding trees as cats are often chased up trees and will sit up there for days and days….

Cats have an amazing sense of smell – put their bedding, your dirty clothes/shoes, and a tiny bit of strong smelling wet cat food outside to attract your cat.

Set a Humane trap (like a Hav-A-Heart wire trap) bait it with smelly cat food….this is sometimes the ONLY way to catch a scared indoor only cat AND IT WORKS!

Hang LOST posters immediately and give one to every neighbor as too many people just assume when they see a cat that it is a stray – if they know you are looking for your cat they will be extra vigilant and want to help. Ask them to take a photo of any cats they see in your area –sometimes people think it is your cat but it is not.

Immediately contact your Animal Control Officer and provide photos/description. Also contact local shelters, rescue groups and Vet offices. Post on Facebook on both local, county, & state pages (i.e. “Lost & Found Pets NY, NJ, PA, etc.)

Whatever you do, don’t give up and stay calm.

COVID-19 And Companions

From the W.H.O.

Several dogs and cats (domestic cats and a tiger) in contact with infected humans have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, ferrets appear to be susceptible to the infection. In experimental conditions, both cats and ferrets were able to transmit infection to other animals of the same species, but there is no evidence that these animals can transmit the disease to human and play a role in spreading COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.

It is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 and people who are at risk limit contact with companion and other animals. When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing after handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food.

More recommendations are available on the OIE website : https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-and-recommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/

WHO continues to monitor the latest research on this and other COVID-19 topics and will update as new findings are available.

If you have COVID-19 please take precautions. As listed above and please stop 🚫 abandoning your companions!!

Shadow Banning Advocates

Twitter has decided to shadowban not only my account yet that of my friend Gwen. I wonder if Twitter realizes just how detrimental that is to animal welfare.

We have followed their TOS to a T. Yet they have decided to secretly block our tweets. Our petition still needs signatures to pass legislation. Yet with this ban, It may not happen.

‪Please Help #Pennsylvania make changes. Raise your voice #PawsNeedClaws #CatsNeedClaws #OutlawCatDeclaw Sign & Share this #Petition – chng.it/5nWCvqwY video: youtu.be/Un-MALgaHXs

Therefore, please help us spread our petition. Please sign and share where you can.‬