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Maryland Bans the Declawing of Cats

FROM Nathan Winograd, No Kill Advocacy Center
Facebook posting, April 25, 2021

Only New York and Maryland have banned the declawing of Cats.

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Maryland's Governor signed legislation banning the declawing of cats.

It is now the second state to do so (after New York).

Studies show that declawed cats are at significantly greater risk for back pain, not using the litter box, aggression (scratching/biting), and excessive grooming (barbering).

They are at even greater risk for pain if bone fragments were left in as a result of “poor or inappropriate surgical techniques,” which occurred in a whopping 63% of the cases. 

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