Bill to ban cat declawing introduced in Illinois State Capitol

Bill to ban cat declawing introduced in Illinois State Capitol

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) – A invoice that would ban cat declawing and very similar processes has been launched in the Condition Capitol. If the bill passes, any individual who violates it could fork out $500 for the to start with violation, $1,000 for the 2nd and $2,500 for the third. 

“I guess a pound of catnip several owners that know how agonizing and inhumane this motion is to cats,” Rep. Barbara Hernandez (D-Aurora), the bill’s sponsor, said on Twitter. “Declawing a cat just because someone does not want them to scratch the home furniture is unacceptable.”

The decision of whether or not to declaw a cat is a person a lot of cat house owners including Becca Bebar, the hospital manager of Northgate Pet Clinic, have faced. 

“Growing up, I experienced cats and we usually just declawed them simply because my mother and father were being like, ‘We really don’t want them tearing up our furnishings,’” Bebar reported. 

When she moved out on her individual, Bebar had older cats that had been declawed.

“Then when I adopted a new just one, I was like, ‘Well, I really do not want there to be an unfair advantage’ so I received that one particular declawed as well,” Bebar explained. 

But Bebar’s other two cats aren’t.

“Then I started off wondering about it, and I was like ‘I do not actually like the notion of declawing,’ so I’m just going to form of maintain likely down that spiral,” Bebar claimed.

As opposed to her other two cats, Bebar stated the a single with no claws behaves otherwise. 

“If any individual moves or variety of touches her, she will get definitely freaked out and then runs away, she really will only occur to me and not any one else in my spouse and children, compared to my other two [and they] could definitely treatment significantly less and we’ll go up to any individual who even comes into the house” Bebar mentioned.

Dr. Larry Baker, a veterinarian and dental professional at Northgate Pet Clinic, explained he would not encourage individuals to declaw their cats. 

“The greatest reason to declaw a cat is an operator that has their cat likes their cat, receives along with their family properly, and they are ruining their home furniture, and the operator suggests, ‘I am heading to have to get rid of this cat or have them declawed,’ then to me, there’s no problem about it. I would declaw somewhat than have them get rid of the cat,” Baker reported.

But for cat owners who are drained of the scratching but don’t want to declaw their cats, Baker said there are some options.

“One is they can trim the nails them selves,” Baker mentioned. “Secondly, there are minimal claw guidelines that are built of plastic they could place on the claws and glue on the nails so the cat just can’t scratch.”