It’s Time For Michigan To Officially Make Declawing Illegal
We might not be the first state to do so
Many cats are declawed because owners do not want their furniture, curtains, bedding, etc. ripped apart by their pet. Yet, many people do not know what declawing actually entails. The Humane Society states that...
Declawing traditionally involves the amputation of the last bone of each toe. If performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle.
A painful procedure that can come with many side effects. Petmed listed the issues that can come with declawing your cat...
- Botched Surgeries
- Refusal to Use the Litterbox
- Paw Pain and Nerve Damage
- Behavioral Changes
- Lameness (your cat has to learn to walk again)
- Back Pain (the way the cat has to walk without claws causes the pain)
This week New York may become the first state to ban the declawing of cats under legislation that will go to vote this week. If it passes they will join the ranks of countries like Brazil, Australia, New Zealand , and Israel, all who have have banned the act of declawing. Yet, it is not just other countries that don't believe in the practice. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver have banned it as well.
Change.org has a petition that you can sign to encourage out state to ban the cruel act of declawing.
I know that not everyone is on board with their cats having claws, but statically a cat has a better chance of ending up in a kill shelter if they are declawed. Also, if your cat ever slips out the door they have no defense and are in danger.
Michigan, lets help lead the charge and make declawing cat illegal.