Declawing cats might seem like a simple procedure, but it actually isn’t. Many people put their cats through this to protect their furniture and belongings from being scratched. But if you have a cat as a pet, you must be aware that scratching is just a small price to pay for the love and companionship of having a cat in the family. Just like people who have dogs understand that their dog will shed. And there are cruelty-free ways to prevent scratching to the best of your ability like training them and making sure they get enough exercise.

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.”

This cruel ‘surgery’ leads to more complications after the fact. Afterwards, there is risk of infection, bleeding, and swelling. It’s also been linked to inappropriate urination, aggressive behavior, and biting. As you can gather from this information, it’s not something that someone who loves their cats should agree to and pay for once they know the truth.

Thankfully, animal activists have been fighting for cats and changes are being made. New York just became the first state to ban cat declawing when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill on Monday, July 22nd.

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Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal who advocated for the bill for five years before it was finally signed said: “Declawing is cruelty, plain and simple, and with so many low-cost and pain-free alternatives available, there is no reason to allow this barbaric practice to continue, not here in New York or anywhere.”

This is excellent new for the cats of New York and will hopefully spark some change and cause other states to do the same. If you want cat declawing to be banned in the entire country, sign this petition!

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