California Residents: Help Stop Declawing

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The California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions is considering an important bill to ban the declawing of cats statewide. Please ask the committee to support the bill, Assembly Bill 1230. Eight California cities have already banned declawing. If this bill passes, it would prohibit declaw surgery throughout the state.

Declaw surgery is far from a nail trim; it is the surgical amputation of the last joints of a cat’s toes. Declawing is traumatic to cats and can cause permanent damage and chronic pain. Without their claws, cats can have trouble walking and balancing. Discomfort in their feet may cause them to avoid using the litter box. Also, because they may feel unsafe without their natural protection, declawed cats are more likely to bite. These are some of the most common reasons that owners relinquish their cats to animal shelters, where most cats are killed.

Declawing is often done to address unwanted scratching behavior. However, many humane and affordable alternatives are widely available such as scratching posts, vinyl nail covers, and deterrent spray.

Ask your legislators to support AB 1230 to end declawing throughout California.


  • State Senator Cathleen A. Galgiani
  • State Senator Scott T. Wilk
  • State Senator Connie M. Leyva
  • State Senator Bob J. Archuleta
  • State Senator Jerry A. Hill
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Ling Ling Chang
  • State Senator Steve M. Glazer
  • State Senator Richard Pan


Please Support Assembly Bill 1230 to End the Declawing of Cats

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of California, I am writing to urge you to protect the health and wellbeing of cats throughout our state by holding a hearing on and supporting Assembly Bill 1230. If enacted into law, AB 1230 would prohibit declawing, a painful procedure that involves the surgical amputation of the last joints of an animal's toes.

Cats rely on their paws, including their nails, or claws, for behavioral and grooming needs. Their claws help them to protect and defend themselves, and scratching removes dead nail sheaths and stretches and strengthens their muscles. Declawing cats to address unwanted scratching behavior can cause trauma, chronic pain, and lifelong damage.

I want California to exhibit the compassion and values that other countries, Canadian provinces, and cities within our own state have shown by prohibiting declaw surgery. I ask you to support AB 1230 to keep cats' claws on their paws.

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