Veterinarians calling on lawmakers to support bill that bans declawing of cats in New York State

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On Tuesday, veterinarians and others rallied at the State Capitol to speak in support of a bill that would ban declawing of cats in New York State, according to News 10.

“It’s a pretty concerning thing that we’re talking about legislation to outlaw declawing,” said Camillus Animal Clinic veterinarian Kerri Otto last May.

Otto says declawing cats is just part of the job. While she says it’s a very serious and painful procedure, to get rid of it all together is a mistake.

“Declawing needs to be considered on a case-to-case basis. It needs to be considered as far as what’s in the best interest of the patient, as well as what’s in the best interest of their family,” she said.

The legislation was introduced in the Senate and Assembly last year, but did not get a vote.

The KittyCorner of CNY in Liverpool says declawing your cats can do more harm than good.

“If a cat goes through the declawing procedure and ends up with some kind of a complication, and it can be either physical or behavioral, that’s when the cat loses its home. Those are the cats we see most often,” said Linda Young last May.

Young says that, instead of getting your cats declawed, you can buy a scratching post.

“There are ways to solve any problems that you have with cats scratching your furniture that are far less painful and have far fewer complications than declawing,” said Young.

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