Cat Declawing Banned In Beverly Hills

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Finally, the City of Beverly Hills has joined the City of West Hollywood in banning the declawing of cats.

This week the Beverly Hills City Council voted 5-0 to approve the declawing ban except in the case of medical emergencies. The City of West Hollywood instituted the ban back in 2003. The City of Santa Monica has recently voted 5-1 to adopt the ban.

What surprised me was that the California Veterinary Medical Association opposed the ban, claiming "The decision to declaw a cat should be made by the owner in consultation with their veterinarian."

Last month the Malibu City Council voted against a motion for a citywide ban.They did however adopt was a Resolution opposing declawing, but I think they did not go far enough!

What also surprised me was that the California Veterinary Medical Association opposed the ban, claiming "The decision to declaw a cat should be made by the owner in consultation with their veterinarian."

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Rainer
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Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Stewart-  I am excited to hear this. We always had indoor cats. I realize that it will leave some cat-owners to search for other solutions to scratching problems, but I think felines need to be able to defend themselves and retreat from predators if they are accidentally let out.  --Sara

Nov 18, 2009 03:35 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Bill Ladewig
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Stewart,  I am a dog and cat lover.  My inside/outside cat has his claws and I have owned inside cats that were declawed.  My opinion on claws is that if they are allowed to go outside then they need claws.  With inside cats it depends on how you feel about your furniture.

The argument a declawed cat may escape outside is poor because if you cannot contain your cat then you need another animal.  Cats are more likely to be injured in traffic than by another animal in the city.

I see two issues.  One, this is a unenforceable feel-good law without any claws.  Anyone who wants their cat declawed will simply take it to any one of many thousands of vets outside BH city limits.  This law may also keep law-abiding citizens with expensive furniture (Beverly Hills types) from owning cats for the justified fear of having their furniture destroyed.

I totally agree with California Veterinary Medical Association.

Nov 18, 2009 03:46 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005
Hi Stewart. Rodents across southern California celebrated the ruling... :) Thanks for writing, Ken
Nov 18, 2009 09:13 AM #3
Rainmaker
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COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn
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I think that declawing cats is a cruel and selfish act on the part of the pet owner.

Nov 18, 2009 11:24 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
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Cats who are declawed seem to still be able to fend for themselves.

It's sometimes difficult to tell whether a cat will be the inside or outside variety.

Nov 18, 2009 11:27 AM #5
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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Stewart ~ I could never stomach declawing a cat - it's gruesome.  That being said the love of my life has no front claws - we met after he had already had them removed - so I'm spoiled. He was an outdoor cat at the time but since he's been mine I haven't let him out.

I think it's great that they're passing these laws - even if hard to enforce it sends a message and may make people think twice.

Use a squirt bottle.

Liz 

Nov 18, 2009 02:25 PM #6
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Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
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I've heard that cats that have been declawed suffer from all sorts of psychological issues as well.  I'm glad to hear this law has been passed. My 3 kittties all have their claws and we just have to keep them trimmed up!

Nov 18, 2009 03:51 PM #7
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Absolutely agree with u Steward!: cruel and selfish!

The picture makes me sick/ just looking at it!/

Thanks for updates!

Nov 20, 2009 07:37 PM #8
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Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

Stewart,

I had a cat delawed once; never again. He had no feeling in his paws. I can live with my two cats occasionally clawing furniture.

Nov 21, 2009 04:39 PM #9
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Michael J. Gallo
Florida Luxury Realty - New Port Richey, FL
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Im not a big cat fan but I have owned two. One found me and he was already declawed and the other I had declawed.  She seemed fine after the procedure and I kept her an inside cat until she passed.  48 hours after the procedure she removed her own bandages and licked her paws and moved on with life.  I never really though about it.  Thanks Stewart for posting this, it is kinda cruel.  I wouldnt want my fingernails removed

Nov 25, 2009 02:02 AM #10
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Declawing can be simply defined as an amputation and is just like the elimination of the fingers of the human hand at the last knuckle.

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