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Every Cat Deserves Love

Here are easy steps you can take to make sure no pet suffers from animal cruelty.

By Stacy N. Hackett

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5. Know your states animal cruelty laws. Your city may have its own ordinances about animal cruelty, too. If you're not sure of the laws in your state, you can get an overview of laws in all 50 states from the ASPCA.

6. Treat your own animals with love. Set a good example for other pet owners by providing good care for your pets. Remember that good care is more than food, water and shelter. Proper care includes regular veterinary visits, daily attention and plenty of affection.

7. Teach your children to treat animals with respect. By learning how to properly care for pets when young, your children will be responsible pet owners as adults. Explain why your animals need daily food and water, describe the benefits of regular veterinary care and show by example how to treat your pets with love.

8. Support your local animal shelter. Consider volunteering your time at your local shelter. If you can't bring yourself to work directly at the shelter, consider opening your home to foster pets, or find a way to help that doesn't involve interaction with the animals.

If all pet owners took small steps to prevent animal cruelty in their neighborhoods, think how many animals lives could be saved. Take steps today to prevent animal cruelty where you live.

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J P    Walterboro, SC

5/11/2011 5:40:54 PM

We purchased a ragdoll from a SC. Her fear of humans all but shouted abuse.She will come out of hiding but if she thinks someone is going to try to touch her, she dives for cover. She flinches if you manage to touch her while eating or is otherwise unable to duck for cover. Was told by breeder she was a well adjusted breeder treated as a household pet. I have certainly never had a well adjusted pet react the way she does. The breeder would absolutely not let us pick her up at her "home," instead insisting on meeting in the parking lot of a restaurant somewhere between their place and ours. The cat was quickly carried to our vehicle and we were told to keep her in a small bathroom for a week or so to "help her adapt." I do not know who to contact to start an investigation. She was also so thin there was no substance to her body. She is filling out at a steady rate, but is still a bit too thin.She loves our Munchkin and he returns the affection, they also play together a lot. If it was not for him, I do not think Sweetie Pie would be at the point where she is today. In the last few days she has been twining around my legs when it is supper time, but I cannot reach down and touch her, she will dive under the closest piece of furniture'

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10/27/2010 3:46:02 PM

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me    anywhere, OH

10/26/2010 10:02:43 PM

My fiance's parents spoil their pets and treat them well, but I had to laugh because they fit two of the signs in number 1 for abused and neglected animals. The rottweiler is favoring his leg because of arthritis, and their two chihuahuas lose their fur because of allergies every year. The dogs have been to vets many times about this problem, but they're told the only solution is a satellite dish for their heads. Since the dogs would be unable to jump on the couch to sleep, they figured the dogs would be happier pulling their fur out to itch their backs.

deborah    port orchard, WA

9/29/2010 4:07:24 PM

15 months ago,a skinny grey cat came to our door. She was wild but in need of care. She has our hearts, our home and love. She is happy to be here and we are glad she came.

We call her Daisy. She brings us smiles.

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