The city of Pittsburgh may soon pass a law banning declawing of cats. The proposed ordinance change describes onychectomy, the medical term for declawing, as “painful, cruel, dangerous to cats and very seldom medically necessary.” 

If this bill passes, Pittsburgh will soon join the state of New York, St. Louis County in Missouri and the cities of Austin, Denver, Beverly Hills, Berkeley, Culver City, Burbank, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood that have all prohibited elective cat declawing.

Get your cat a scratching post or three, and know that scratching is just part of owning a cat. Then treat your cat well and enjoy your cat for who it is, claws and all.

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