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.