Cat Declaw Ban in California

October 12, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | 340 comments
Tags: cat, health, declawing, california

The California Supreme Court ruled this week that cities in the sunshine state can ban the declawing of cats.

The California Veterinary Medical Association challenged a 2003 ordinance created by the City of West Hollywood that bans declawing. It was the only law of its kind in California, but now it's open for debate statewide.

According to declaw.org, the process of declawing is more like amputation – And the ordeal is extremely painful because it requires removal of the claw, part of the bone and tendons.

The West Hollywood ordinance being challenged says, “mere convenience to the pet's guardian does not justify the unnecessary pain, anguish and permanent disability caused to the animal.”

Coming to Hollywood's defense was the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which filed papers to support the ban. Apparently, San Fran's shelters won't adopt out a cat if they know its guardian plans to declaw.

The movement appears to be gaining traction in the west. But we want to know what you think. Should declawing be banned where you live?

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Sheryl  S.
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Sheryl S.
5 years ago

Using "soft paws" or a comparable product is a humane alternative to declawing.

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Beth M.
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Beth M.
5 years ago

mt cats aren't declawed but my mom's cat is ( front only). I think it's a personnel thing

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