An excited cat with his claws out.
An excited cat with his claws out. Photography ©EkaterinaZakharova | Thinkstock.

Denver Outlaws Declawing Cats


Denver’s City Council unanimously voted on Nov. 13 to outlaw the declawing of cats. Declawing is the surgical amputation of the last digit on each toe. Councilwoman Kendra Black proposed the ban. Its passage makes Denver the first city in any state outside of California to pass such a ban. Declawing is prohibited in several California cities, including Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Monica. Supporters of such bans argue that declawing is an unnecessary and painful mutilation of cats.

Jackie Brown is a Southern California freelance writer who specializes in pets. Reach her at

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10 thoughts on “Denver Outlaws Declawing Cats”

  1. I did this once over 30 years ago. I have felt like I committed a sin. I am sorry this should never be done to your kitty. I have had many cats since. They are happy with scratch poles or whatever works.

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  3. I can’t wait for the day when this mutilation becomes illegal in all 50 states and Canada. It’s a cat’s right to be able to keep his/her claws.

  4. I live in McMinnville, OR, and when I adulterous my cat Redford from our local no-kill shelter, I was required to sign a document promising that I would not physically alter my cat for my convenience. The shelter neutered and chipped him before the adoption. He reserves his scratching for the cat tree. Joanne

  5. I am so incredibly happy that Denver has stepped up to ban cat declawing. I still cannot believe a veterinarian would even practice such a cruel and inhumane procedure. Cats can be trained to use their cat tree or post. I have never had a problem with cats using their claws on my furniture. I agree with the other post that you should not have a cat is you don’t know how live with a cat that has claws!!!!!!!

  6. YES! 3 CHEERS FOR DENVER!! The Federal Government should outlaw the declawing of cats. This is an extraordinarily inhumane practice and it needs to be abolished! If you can’t handle your cat having claws then you shouldn’t have a cat! PERIOD.

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