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With a goal to improve and protect the lives of cats, Alley Cat Allies is, “the global engine of change for cats.” One of these actions is education on why cats need their claws.

When a cat is declawed, the last joints of a cat’s toes are surgically amputated – causing trauma and permanent damage. Not only is declawing a cat both physically and psychologically harming, but cats rely on their claws for protection, muscle stretching/strengthening and grooming needs.

Side effects from declawing include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Infections
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Swelling
  • Radial nerve damage
  • Paw pad lacerations
  • Behavioral issues

If you’ve been considering getting your cat declawed, it’s important to know there are many humane alternatives to help solve your feline friend’s clawing issues. These alternatives include scratch posts, nail caps and spray deterrents.

Currently illegal in eight cities in California and in Denver, CO – the number of state bills to ban the inhumane act of declawing is continuing to rise. Click here to join Alley Cat Allie’s pledge against the declawing of cats.