Austin is the latest city to ban cat declawing in another move against the cruel procedure. Cat declawing can be likened to having toes amputated. The city council approved the ordinance in March.

The surgery to declaw cats is actually an amputation. They surgically remove the first digits of the cat’s toes with a surgical knife. Declawing is painful to cats, as it involves 10 separate amputations of the last bone and nail in each toe. Recovery is also extremely painful because a “cat still must use its feet for walking, pouncing, jumping, and climbing into the litter box to urinate and defecate.”

New York was the first state in the country to ban elective cat declaw surgery.

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Austin veterinarian Katrina Breitreiter, who leading the push to pass the ban in her city, says declawing “can lead to long term complications including persistent postoperative pain, back pain, phantom pain, limping, infection, arthritis, overgrooming, toe pad calluses, bone fragments, claw regrowth under the skin, and tendon contracture.”

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Cats naturally have claws for a reason. ASPCA explains that they need their claws for defense, offense, capture prey, settle disputes, escaping from dangerous animals or people, mark territory, exercise muscles, relieve stress, and more! Clearly, they are vital. As the Humane Society says, declawing is only acceptable when absolutely necessary for medical reasons, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors. Cats naturally have claws for a reason. ASPCA explains that they need their claws for defense, offense, capture prey, settle disputes, escaping from dangerous animals or people, mark territory, exercise muscles, relieve stress, and more! Clearly, they are vital. As the Humane Society says, declawing is only acceptable when absolutely necessary for medical reasons, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and the HSVMA are all opposed to declawing.

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