Just Say No – To Declawing Cats

With a goal to improve and protect the lives of cats, Alley Cat Allies is, “the global engine of change for cats.” One of these actions is education on why cats need their claws.

When a cat is declawed, the last joints of a cat’s toes are surgically amputated – causing trauma and permanent damage. Not only is declawing a cat both physically and psychologically harming, but cats rely on their claws for protection, muscle stretching/strengthening and grooming needs.

Side effects from declawing cats include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Infections
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Swelling
  • Radial nerve damage
  • Paw pad lacerations
  • Behavioral issues

If you’ve been considering getting your cat declawed, it’s important to know there are many humane alternatives to help solve your feline friend’s clawing issues. These alternatives include scratch posts, nail caps and spray deterrents.

Currently illegal in eight cities in California and in Denver, CO – the number of state bills to ban the inhumane act of declawing is continuing to rise. Click here to join Alley Cat Allie’s pledge against the declawing of cats.

5 Reasons to Add Collagen to Your Pet’s Diet

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, otherwise known as the “glue” that holds everything together. It’s one of the most prominent components of muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, bones and skin. Just like us humans, when our pets begin to age, their collagen begins to deplete making them much more prone to injuries, arthritis, and poor coat/skin health.

Although the deterioration of healthy collagen during the aging process is a natural process, lost collagen can be replaced through supplementation for both humans and their furry family members. Below are five reasons to start giving your pet collagen today to help eliminate problems as they begin to age.

Improves Joint Pain: Joint and soft tissue pain is frequently experienced as our pets transition into their elder years. Often leading age-related diseases such as degenerative disc disease and arthritis, giving your furry friend a collagen supplement will help aid to the natural loss of collagen and decrease the risk of pain.

Prevents Injuries & Stabilizes Joints: For dogs specifically, collagen makes up 70-90% of their muscles, ligaments and tendons. As collagen begins to decrease, dogs become more likely to have a joint or muscle injury. The sooner you add collagen to your dog’s diet, the less likely they are to have joint/muscle injuries in the future.

Aids to Healthy Coats & Skin: Although our pets aren’t concerned about their appearance like the majority of us humans are, collagen provides a shiny, soft coat and conditioned, healthy skin. Collagen makes up 70% of the protein found in the skin of dogs specifically and also aids to strong nails that are less likely to split as they grow.

Promotes a Healthy Appetite: Collagen is the most effective when it’s consumed through supplements or other collagen-rich foods. The most collagen-prominent food source comes from the ingredients found in bone broth. When bone broth is heated, it turns into a gel-like substance as it hardens. The gel texture comes from the large amount of collagen protein within this super food. Lean meats, eggs and dairy are great sources of collagen as well.

Supports Digestion: It’s no surprise what our pets put into their bodies plays a huge role in digestion. Ingesting collagen helps sooth the lining of the gastrointestinal tract by breaking down proteins and forming connective tissue. Collagen also contains the amino acid, glycine, which has healing properties promoting a less irritated and healthier digestive system.

Ready to start implementing collagen into your pet’s diet? Come by either Barkery location today and ask one of our experts about the collagen supplements we carry!