IN THE NEWS: As many of you have heard, Gov. Cuomo recently signed a bill making New York the first state in the country to legally ban the declawing of cats. This procedure, also known as an onychectomy, involves amputation of the last bone and attached nail of each of the toes of the front paws – often performed to reduce the scratching of furniture, people and other house pets.
Effectively immediately, declaw surgeries will no longer be performed by veterinarians in the state of New York unless done in an effort to treat a medical condition that’s affecting the cat (such as injury, tumor or a resistant infection).
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