With New York becoming the first state last week to ban cat declawing, a local veterinarian is sharing the consequences of the controversial procedure. The practice was banned to ensure that animals were no longer subjected to inhumane and unnecessary procedures, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Dr. Jordan Kobilca from Door County Veterinary Hospital in Sturgeon Bay says the procedure can be painful for cats.
Before choosing to declaw, Dr. Jordan suggests pet owners explore other options, like scratching posts, to help deter animals from being destructive with their feet. He recommends that declawed cats never be left outside where they would be defenseless.