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I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not have a cat and at least one dog sharing my home. I've always loved dogs with their gentle loyalty and unconditional love. But I have to admit I have a special fondness for cats. Cats are beautiful, graceful, loving and independent. I don't have photos of all the animals I've loved in my life but one day I hope to be able to introduce most of them here.

Baby Stripes - 1991
1991 - 2004

Tosha - 2002
1994 - Present

Smilin' Jack
1998 - 2001

Tiki, Leo, and Tosha
Tiki, Leo, and Tosha - Spring 2006

On My Soap Box

Cat Declaw. If it's such a great idea, why are so many speaking out against it? Some of the websites below (or links from those sites) contain VERY graphic images. Please supervise children on the internet.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I'm hoping that is true.

Please don't amputate your cat's toes.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Please be advised that the official position of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is that unless it is a medical necessity for the cat or if clawing presents a potential zoonotic (medical) risk to its owner(s), declawing should be considered only as a last resort and only after a full understanding of the declaw procedure and alternatives to it have been presented.
Please see the following link for full position statement and points that veterinarians should cover:

Declawing Cats: Issues & Alternatives
Declawing resource index.
Article and information on how to solve cat scratching problems written by a veterinarian.
Stray Pet Advocacy: To Speak for Those Who Have No Voice
What is declawing? Forums, Cat Care, and more.

Thanks for 'listening'.

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