There is no greater feeling than the “unconditional love” these animals can provide to family members.
Two are better to tango (bonded pairs)
We encourage you to consider the adoption of two or more animals. Kittens are curious and crave constant stimulation. Many of our kittens are paired off with a litter mate which in turn creates a bonded pair. We find these kittens to be healthier and happier as they grow into adulthood. You, too, will enjoy the companionship of having a pair of playful animals that provide so much fun and enjoyment. Consequently, with happier, well adjusted kittens their owners are much happier too.
Mimi’s Rescue does not allow declawing, an extreme measure in which the entire last part of the toes are amputated -– the equivalent of cutting off a person’s finger at the last joint. General anesthesia for this surgery gives risk of disability or death, and since the nerves, tendons and muscles are severed along with the joints, the recovery from declawing can be painful and lengthy. In addition there can be physical and psychological effects including personality change, and they may become extremely timid or unusually aggressive. There are many alternatives to declawing. Training a cat to use a scratching post is one way, and having a variety of posts in the house before the cat arrives is important.
Using posts made from sisal, hemp, corrugated cardboard or carpet, or even a combination of materials is very helpful. Other helpful methods include a weekly nail trimming. This helps eliminate the amount of husk removal scratching that a cat engages in. The tip of the claw should be removed along with any loose husk covering the fresh, sharper claw underneath. After clipping weekly, the cat will have less desire to remove the husks of dead claws by scratching. Your vet can show you how to properly trim nails
There are also nail caps that reduce the need for frequent trimming of the nails. A non-toxic adhesive is used to attach a plastic cap over each claw. These will last up to six weeks. See a veterinary technician or groomer to find out how to attach these nail caps if you need help. There are other ways to help. You can request a brochure from us published by the The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights by filling out our inquiry form on this site. There are many animals that have already been declawed and some may be available to us. Contact us for further information.