Letters: Stop declawing cats

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A cat named Rubio walks in front of the podium during a news conference earlier this month in Albany. New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians.

ISSUE | ANIMAL CRUELTY

Stop declawing cats

Let's see states follow New York's legislative proposal to ban the declawing of cats ("Declaw ban a head-scratcher," May 23). There is no legitimate argument for declawing and no humane reason I am aware of.

The declawing of cats "as a last resort for felines that won't stop scratching furniture, carpets, and their owners," as the Associated Press put it, is a reason for some people to not own a cat, but it is not an excuse for declawing. There are homemade and store-bought remedies for those concerns.

Otherwise, adopting a declawed cat from an animal shelter is a win-win solution. There are many wonderful cats in our local shelters, waiting patiently for their forever human to come along and take them home.

|Margie O'Donnell, Wayne