Austin became the first Texas city to ban the declawing of cats for non-therapeutic purposes after a unanimous City Council ruling on Thursday.
The order restricts any owner from doing so for convenience or aesthetic purposes, but owners and vets can still elect to have their cats declawed if needed for the pet's medical condition. Pet owners usually declaw their cats to keep them from ripping up furniture or scratching people and other pets, but the action can have serious consequences.
The act of declawing, which can be considered an amputation, has been banned in 20 countries for the lifetime of pain it can cause in cats. Instead of just removing claws, the traditional procedure takes a bone out of each of the pet's toes. As a result, longstanding wounds can occur, the cat may need to relearn how to walk correctly, and in many instances, the pet could undergo permanent behavioral changes.
Cities such as Los Angeles and New York City have already passed bans on declawing cats, but Austin is the first city in Texas to implement the rule.
Austinites took to social media to give their reactions to the new ruling.
Austin Pets Alive! rejoiced that cats are no longer subject to the "painful and unnecessary" practice and highlighted a former rescue, Grandma Hugs, who suffered from the side effects of declawing.
We celebrate today's victory in honor of Grandma Hugs, a cat that came into our program last year suffering the extremely painful side effects of declawing. Learn more about her story here: https://t.co/iXALsrrSFR
— Austin Pets Alive! (@austinpetsalive) March 4, 2021
Alley Cat Allies, the self-proclaimed "global engine of change for cats," also expressed their support on the ruling.
Great news! The City Council of Austin, Texas, has voted to prohibit the practice of declawing cats. 🐈
Read more ⬇️https://t.co/pPl7xRnoRM
Austin joins a growing list of governments that have outlawed this unnecessary practice.#StopDeclawing pic.twitter.com/8wWtL7yevz
— Alley Cat Allies (@alleycatallies) March 4, 2021
Austin is now the 11th U.S. city to ban declawing.
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Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
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Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
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