???: Ontario bans declawing... still just a dream but hopefully reality soon
Here is a 3 minute no-frills scientific explanation by Robin Downing DVM, MS, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CCRP of why we do not declaw:
In our on-going effort to end declawing in Ontario, at Park Animal Hospital we offer free nail trims to every cat - whether a patient of ours or not. Should you wish to do it at home, here is a narrated 5 part video series with clear, easy to understand step-by-step instructions (total running time approximately 4 minutes):
Scratching Post Tips
3 key points:
Cats enjoy scratching, doing it is a sign of good health.
Scratching posts need to be sturdy so that they don't move when your cat attempts to use them.
Scratching posts need to be in a good location, en route as your cat travels from sleeping areas or litterboxes or feeding stations.
Leave the carrier out so it becomes a part of your cat's environment, ideally even a place where your cat enjoys taking a nap.
When traveling, cover the carrier with a towel to reduce the number of potentially scary external stimuli your cat is exposed to while driving and after you arrive at the clinic.
In the car, place the carrier in the footwell behind the driver's seat for maximum safety.
NOTE: If needed, we can provide you with a very safe sedative for you to give your cat orally before loading them in the carrier to make the whole process easier on both of you.
Tips for Litterbox & Food/Water Bowl Placement
3 key points:
The minimum number of ideal litterboxes is 1 per cat + 1, and they should not all be placed side-by-side but rather in different locations throughout your home.
Litterboxes should be scooped at least once daily, no one likes a dirty toilet!
Food and water bowls should not be placed next to each other, nor should they be placed next to the litterbox.
The ideal litterbox:
has a shallow entry to allow arthritic cats easy access, a boot tray at the entry makes litter tracked on paws easy to clean up
has tall sides to keep the litter in, translucency allows the cat in the box to be on the lookout for anyone who might be "stalking" him/her
has a total length of 3 times the size of the body of the cats, allowing for comfortable maneuvering and digging
has no hood
has unscented, clumping litter
is accessible without the use of stairs
is not next to the feeding area
is not next to objects which might suddenly make a loud noise unpredictably, such as a washer or furnace
Here is one of Dr Fenger's own homemade versions using a storage container. The white canister is a "LitterLocker" where scooped litter is stored keeping odours to a minimum.
How to Give Your Cat a Pill
3 key points:
Have someone put their hands on the cat's back end, so the cat doesn't back out of reach - a corner of some kind or being wrapped in a towel also works well.
Watch for the cat to lick their nose as a clue that they have swallowed - try to keep their mouth closed until this happens.
Never "dry-pill", always flush the pill down the throat with a syringe of water or a couple of treats or some food (ideally moist), otherwise it can irritate the esophagus and be very uncomfortable for the cat. The food options are ideal because they double as a reward for for your cat letting you pill them.
Narrated, 10 part step-by-step instructional video series (total running time approximately 8 minutes):
How to Give Your Cat Liquid Medication
Narrated, 3 part step-by-step instructional video series (total running time approximately 2 minutes):