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— October 4, 2019

Declawing Cats No More, By Law

  • New York State has banned declawing cats for other than medical reasons.
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New York has become the first state to ban cat declawing, a practice also outlawed in several US cities.

Under the Empire State’s new rules, veterinarians who perform the procedure on an elective basis, generally to prevent scratching damage, face $1,000 fines. Declawing will still be legal if necessary for medical reasons.

Declawing involves amputating the first knuckles of the cat’s toes. It can lead to chronic pain, which in turn can lead to litter box avoidance.

Research also indicates that declawed cats are more likely to bite.

The move was praised by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal advocate groups. But it was opposed by the state’s veterinary medical society, which wanted declawing to remain an option “when the alternative is abandonment or euthanasia.”

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