Friday, January 26, 2007

Please report animal cruelty

Cat blogging is usually lighthearted and uplifting. But occasionally an issue - although unpleasant - demands our attention and action. We ask you to go to Laurence Simon's Catcall and watch the extremely disturbing YouTube video someone forwarded to him of a cat being bathed in a contraption called a Pet Spa. As he warns, this is not for the faint of heart. Then read the comments posted by your fellow cat lovers. All agree: this is cat abuse.

The manufacturer states on their website, "This award winning patented technology is the safest and most effective pet cleaning system in the world. The unique design was created by a team of Veterinaries, Animal Behaviorists and Engineers for the well being of the Pet." We propose that not a single cat lover exists who would agree with this statement! We believe the Pet Spa constitutes nothing less than cruelty to animals. Yet it is being sold to, and used by, pet groomers across the United States. Would you put your beloved kitty in your dishwasher? And the company advocates using it not for just cats and dogs, but for small animals as well. As someone else commented, can you imagine what this would do to a bunny?

We at ArtsyCatsy are protesting what we believe is animal abuse, and we hope all pet lovers will do the same. First, we emailed a letter of protest to the manufacturer and to all pet groomers using the Pet Spa. The manufacturer's contact information is:
Pet Spa USA

4743 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33166
Phone: 800-973-8772
Fax: 305-594-8755

Next, we reported the company to the ASPCA, PETA and the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. Their email addresses are:

As Mahatma Ghandi wisely observed, The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Perhaps this measurement should also be applied to businesses.


sammawow said...

Good for you reporting this - That poor cat looked traumatized. And we liked your Ghandi quote too.

China Cat & Willow

Tara said...

I completely agree with you! I was horrified when I watched that. I'm with you!

Skeezix the Cat said...

Thank yoo for the adresses yoo provided. We are going to rite. That videeyo was just HIDEEYUS! I wood have a nervus brakedown if they put me in that!!!!!!

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Thank you for suggesting this! Me and my humans were horrifed by this so-called "Cat Spa." I wonder if a letter from Germany would mean anything, because we will certainly write and send one if it might have any effect. We just wonder if they'll just blow it off because we aren't in the U.S.

I have to be bathed once a week, but it is done with loving care. That poor cat in the video will probably be traumatized for life. :( There are much more humane ways to give a cat a bath.

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

We can't see videos on our puter right now. Our dialup service is soooo slow, and, sides, we have no speakers. But it sounds horreebull.

P.S. I want to be a catministrative assistant!!! Then I can be like mama, only employed, maybe.

Lux said...

I truly couldn't believe that was for *real ... but it seems to be! My mom just emailed Pet Spa USA protesting this horrific product!

Daisy said...

That cat spa made me very sad and upset. I am going to write too.

Victor Tabbycat said...

Fank you fur this post an fur takin action right away.
Mom was once washin the car wif the boy inside an didn't realize his window was open a crack. He was gettin splattered an got furry upset. Of course, she was furry sorry. Mom says, if you wouldn't put yur child in there, you shouldn't put yur pet in there. An if Mom sees one of these PetSpas at our local stores, she'll complain immediately.

Anonymous said...

we agree with you a squillion purrcent and we'll make our very loud voices heard also.

KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

A huge thank you to Artsy Catsy for posting this information. We have emailed and will continue to pursue this as well. And we hope every animal lover will take notice of this stupidity and let their voice be heard as well.

Lilly Lu, Iris and Maxwell Mufsa Millon said...

thank you we our emailing too how could someone do that to a poor cat it made us sick. Mama was furry angery she takes me Lilly Lu to the groomer every once in a while becuse well I smeel alfwal. And she cat image having me put in there Now she going to ask how they groom there cats. We writing too

Lilly Lu Mu shue and Iris

Unknown said...

That videoo was very skery! We gets baths in the bathtub not in anything like that. Thta is not right to scare poor puddins like that! We will do our part to make our kitty voices heard!

Mr. Hendrix said...

We emailed all of these including the manufacturer. This was disgusting and wrong. Good job leading the charge on this!

Aloysius said...

Thank you for including all those links. That video was truly horrible.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad someone is stepping up about this one. The first thing I did after seeing this disgustingly cruel video was start searching for a place to voice my concern.

This product is nothing more than an excuse for people to be lazy and excuse it because a company claimed that the solution was 'a good idea'.

I personally keep my house clean and as a result my cats have no issues keeping themselves clean. Admittedly, Keiko has gotten into her share of dirt and required a wash, and although she hates water, with a bit of CARE AND COMPASSION, a quick rinse is possible.

Anonymous said...

I see that original link says that the video is no longer available.

There is the offending video.

Someone needs to put that company out of business.
It looks like the contraption also has a heating element.. great way to kill an animal right? Thees people are sick, and should be prosecuted as well.

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