Declawing Cats in the United States
New York State is set to become the first large jurisdiction in the United States to make declawing illegal. Any veterinarian who performs the procedure for a non-medical reason would be subject to a $1000 fine. Declawing is illegal in may countries and some Canadian Provinces.
More information about the new law and declawing
Here is an article on the legislation from the Washington Post and the New York Times . We have a blog on how to help teach your cat not scratch your furniture – click here to learn more. Many veterinary groups including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) have strengthened their position statement against declawing.
The Dr Katy Show
I was very fortunate to be invited on the The Dr Katy Show to discuss the new legislation and declawing. A clip of the interview follows. NOVA Cat Clinic does NOT declaw.
Click on the link below to see the video