November 10, 2017
Claw removed from inside cat’s paw a decade after declawing
A cat that was declawed 12 years ago grew a spiraling nail inside its wrist where part of the nail tissue had been accidentally left behind, according to a Facebook post by veterinarian Rachel Fuentes. The AVMA recommends that declawing, or onychectomy, only after all other methods of minimizing scratching have been tried and failed, and only after the owner has received thorough education about the risks.
November 10, 2017
Childhood exposure to cats might reduce asthma risk
Some children who grow up in households with cats may be less likely than those in cat-free households to develop asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory problems, according to a study from the Copenhagen Studies on Asthma in Childhood Research Center. Researchers linked the effect to a specific gene variant, and exposure to bacteria, fungi or viruses that cats carry into the home might deactivate the gene, study leader Jakob Stokholm said.
The Telegraph (London) (11/9)
November 8, 2017
One Health Commission, EPA seek better understanding of pet health, disease
The One Health Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency are seeking 300,000 pet owners to take the National Pet Health Survey. The data collected will be integrated into the EPA’s EnviroAtlas mapping tool and analyzed to identify geographic patterns in diseases and health issues in cats and dogs.
American Veterinarian (11/7)
November 6, 2017
John Bradshaw argues his new book, “The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human” that our fascination with pets is woven into the fabric of human nature, with deep roots in human evolution. The sense of pleasure people get from stroking a dog or cat may have origins in grooming among humans’ hairy ancestors, and an affinity for and tendency to keep animals may have been adaptive for early humans, Bradshaw says.
The Washington Post
October 31, 2017
Take your time, teach your cat, author says
Cats can be trained to a much further extent than many think, but they require more patience than dogs do because they’re innately less sociable, feline behavior expert Sarah Ellis says. The co-author of the book “The Trainable Cat” notes in an interview that cats attach themselves to places more than they do to humans.
National Public Radio (10/27)
October 27, 2017
COLORADO, VMA voices concern about proposed Denver declawing ban
A Denver City Council panel advanced a proposal to ban cat declawing, except when medically necessary, over the objections of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. “We support the principle that complex medical decisions belong in the domain of the owner and the veterinarian,” said CVMA President Dr. Will French.
The Denver Post (10/25)
October 24, 2017
Va.-Md. veterinary school seeks fat cats for study
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine needs 20 more obese cats to fill out a study on individualized feline weight loss plans. “In order to lose weight you need to cut calories and increase activity, so we’re looking at whether we can tweak different parts of those weight loss plans and maintain the quality of life for those cats that are on the weight loss plan,” said clinical trials coordinator Mindy Quigley.
WSET-TV (Lynchburg, Va.) (10/23)
October 24, 2017
Animals go on rat patrol in US cities
Washington, D.C., neighborhoods are hoping feral cats will get burgeoning rat populations under control, while terriers and dachshunds patrol the streets of New York City in search of rats, and Chicago officials have struck an uneasy alliance with coyotes. The cats in D.C. are “hired” through Blue Collar Cats, which traps, neuters and vaccinates feral cats and releases them to neighborhoods and businesses that agree to provide food and shelter.
National Geographic online (9/29)
October 17, 2017
AVMA: Blanket ban on declawing would hurt cats
Advocates are pushing state legislatures to ban cat declawing with few exceptions, but opponents of such laws, including many veterinarians, say bans would lead to more cats being abandoned or surrendered to shelters. “The AVMA policy opposes declawing except where it serves to keep a cat in its home,” said AVMA spokesman Michael San Filippo. “An estimated 70 percent of cats relinquished to animal shelters are euthanized, so the likelihood of a homeless cat finding a new home is poor.”
WTSP-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (10/16)