Declawing procedure for cats now banned in Denver

DENVER - The Denver City Council passed the measure banning declawing cats within city limits on Monday. 

The measure was first introduced by Councilwoman Kendra Black. She claimed it was cruel and unnecessary. 

Declawing basically amputates the last bone of each toe on a cat’s paw to prevent the growth of claws. 

The procedure is more often used to prevent cats from messing up furniture and other household items. Cats may also have to be declawed for medical reasons. In those special cases, Denver will allow the procedure. 

This is the first U.S. city outside of California to ban the procedure, the Denver Post reported. 

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