New York State Considers Ban On Declawing Cats

Declawing comparison - image courtesy of PETA
Image courtesy of PETA

There’s some news out of New York that makes us pretty darn happy here at Carmelkats.  The New York state House and Senate have both introduced bills that would outlaw the practice of declawing cats.

“In most cases declawing is performed as a convenience to the owner,” the House bill’s sponsor Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, said. “I’ve heard so many times: ‘I have expensive furniture! I have nice drapes!’ If your standard is ‘I need pristine furniture,’ don’t get a cat.”

Why is Carmelkats so strongly opposed to declawing?  In short, the results are far worse than any possible benefits.  The declawing procedure is akin to removing a human’s fingertips, up to the first knuckle.

Cringing yet?  Thought so.  There are also very serious health risks to the cat that can result from declawing.   The Paw Project has complete and upsetting details on the surgery.  In brief, the results of declawing can include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Infection
  • Abnormal posture and movement
  • Difficulty using the litter box

We will keep you posted as we hear more about the progress of these bills through the New York State Assembly.   Feel free to contact us with any information you may have.  You can also share this post on social media, or leave a comment, below.

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