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Denver becomes one of several U.S. cities to ban cat declawing

15 November 2017

The proposed bill that would ban declawing cats passed unanimously on Monday during a Denver City Council meeting.

Denver City Councilwoman Kendra Black was behind the push to ban the procedure.

The ordinance is effective immediately.

Declawing occurs in a procedure known as onychectomy.

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Declawing removes portions of a cat's paws to prevent the growth of claws.

"A decision to declaw a cat is affected by many human and animal factors", said Andre, a practicing veterinarian.

Kirsten Butler, a veterinary technician, said she no longer participates in the procedures.

Alternatives to declawing include regular trimming of cat's claws, stable scratching posts around the home, soft plastic caps for the cat's nails and a special tape that can deter cats from scratching furniture.

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Vets say cats who are declawed are more likely to exhibit bad behaviors and eventually cause owners to give up on their pets.

Denver joins San Francisco, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Berkeley, Culver City and Burbank, which have all enacted similar bans.

The ban, which covers procedures called onychectomies and tendonectomies, would apply only within city limits, leaving suburban veterinarians free to offer elective declawings to Denver pet owners.

Jennifer Conrad, who pushed for the first USA declawing ban more than a decade ago, in West Hollywood, founded the Paw Project. Declawing bans are also common in most of Europe.

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Denver becomes one of several U.S. cities to ban cat declawing