Where did my toes goes? Nowhere, if the Massachusetts legislature votes to enact SB 613, a bill that would prohibit landlords from requiring cats to be declawed as a condition of occupancy for renters.
We humans may be inconvenienced by the behavior some of our cats display but that does not give us the right to surgically remove part of their paws, nor does it give a landlord the right to require us to declaw our cat as a condition of tenancy. Declawing involves the surgical removal of the first joint of each of the cat’s toes. As with any surgery, there are risks, including misshapen toes, claws that grow back, and pain at the surgical site. Some of these risks require further surgery. Additionally, the American Veterinary Medical Association believes that declawing is not a medically necessary procedure for cats in most cases.
Massachusetts residents, contact your legislators and encourage them to support SB 613.