New York becomes first state to ban cat declawing

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(CNN) — Cat declawing is a controversial practice sometimes done to protect furniture that may result in chronic pain to cats.

But now in New York, it’s illegal.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Monday to ban the surgery.

New York is the first state to do so.

Removing a cat’s claws requires a partial amputation of each toe and can strain leg joints and the spine.

It also leaves a cat without the ability to climb a tree to safety if threatened outdoors.

The law takes effect immediately.

The bill makes exceptions for “therapeutic purposes” or if declawing would help the cat’s health.

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