Should You Declaw Your Cat?
“For a cat, declawing is both psychologically and physically harmful,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, a Bethesda, Maryland-based organization. “The surgery is traumatic, and the resulting disfigurement causes severe pain.”
In 2019, New York became the first state in the nation to ban declawing after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill outlawing the procedure except for “for a therapeutic purpose” like treating a cat’s existing infection, disease or injury. Britain, Germany, Australia and several cities in California have also banned the practice.
This video from the Science Channel explains what declawing actually entails.