Florida Could Become the Second State to Outlaw Declawing Cats

A bill to ban the declawing of cats has been proposed for Florida’s 2020 legislative session.

Last July, New York became the first state to outlaw the practice of declawing cats unless medically necessary, and now Florida is lining up to do the same. Senator Lauren Book has proposed a bill similar to the one that passed in New York for Florida’s 2020 legislative session.

Like New York’s law, this proposed legislation would ban the practice of declawing a cat except in those few cases where keeping the claws would be detrimental to the cat’s health. If it passes July 1st, under the new law, veterinarians who perform a declaw that isn’t medically necessary could be fined $1,000 and face disciplinary action from the Board of Veterinary Medicine.

While declawing is already banned in several cities, like Denver and Los Angeles, New York currently has the only state-wide ban.

To be clear, The Catington Post is a strong advocate against declawing. It’s a painful amputation of a cat’s knuckles – not simply removing claws, as many people still believe. It’s a procedure that’s extremely painful, and can have lasting, even lifelong, emotional and physical effects on a cat, whose very nature is to use his claws.



  1. Linda Vannoy

    Feb 15, 2020 at 3:29 am

    If I could not (front) declaw my inside cats, I would not have rescued, adopted or saved any of my 15 plus cats over the years. Not one had any signs of pain or any problems. Had them declawed (front only) when being fixed as kittens. We now have four inside and playful and content. No front declaws were EVER removed from outside cats.
    There will be many more homeless kittens and cats in shelters because of this bad law! Sad!

    • AnnB

      Feb 17, 2020 at 8:26 am

      It’s already been proven that declaw bans do not increase numbers in shelters. The facts are, declawed cats increase numbers in shelters. All 15 of your cats suffered. Just because you didn’t notice it, doesn’t mean they didn’t. You had their weight bearing toes cut or burned off. Bone, tendons, ligaments, nerves. 10 amputations per cat. You removed their balance, altered their gait and alignment for life, and destroyed their ability to communicate and exercise in a normal cat manner. How can you think that didn’t affect them. Of course it did. It’s been proven.

  2. Deb Faulhaber

    Feb 15, 2020 at 6:01 am

    I have always had cats whom I adopted from shelters or rescues; I have an autoimmune disease which causes severe leg wounds. I need my cats to bee declawed (front paws only). Never has one of my babies had problems without their claws. No trauma or stress, My oldest lived to be 21 years of age. I now have a 15 year old and ad 7 month old. Both happy and loving.

    • AnnB

      Feb 17, 2020 at 8:32 am

      No trauma and stress to YOU. To the cats, yes. The CDC dose NOT recommend “declawing” (feline toe amputation) for people with health or blood issues. 21 years your cat suffered. 15 years your other cat is suffering. Now you’ve done it to yet another cat…who will suffer all it’s life. “Declawing” is banned all over the world except North America. And even in Canada 7 provinces have now banned it, the vets themselves voting to not longer do it, because of the cruel and mutilating effects. The studies have been done and prove that cats suffer al their lives. Just because the human doesn’t notice the suffering doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Look it up. Your greedy vet is lying to you. If you feel you must have crippled cats, adopt one of the many many many cats languishing in shelters, dumped because of their “behavior problems” from having their toes amputated. Take care of them and nurture them, pay for their paw repair surgery, to make up a little for what you have had done to the others.

  3. Mary Lewis

    Feb 15, 2020 at 9:50 am

    I’ve always believed that cats should be able to keep their claws for their defenses. Even if a cat is a house cat there is that chance they will get out and how will they defend themselves. Definitely not with their back claws.

    • AnnB

      Feb 17, 2020 at 8:38 am

      Defense is only the smallest part of the reason to not amputate a cat’s toes. Cats are digitigrade, they walk on their toes. When the first toe digit is amputated their entire gait and alignment altered. Forever. It causes pain not only in their feet, but in their shoulders and backs and legs. Cats use their claws to exercise. They dig in and pull, which tones and exercises all their muscles and joints. When the toes and claws are amputated, the cat can no longer exercise properly so it’s a double whammy. They are permanalty misaligned, and they cannot ever exercise to relieve the pain and stress of it. Since cats are instinctively programmed to hide pain and suffering people who claim to love their cats don’t ever notice how much their cats are suffering. They don’t look at the misshapen calloused pads of their feet. They don’t care that cats can’t limp if both feet hurt. They don’t want to know any of the actual facts about cats and what this does to them for their entire lives. It’s been proven, the studies are available for anyone to read. And the bans are finally starting to happen in North America, where as the rest of the world has never done it in the first place..

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