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Here's to Your (Cat's) Health: Declawing

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Here's to Your Health is a deeper look into the health issues of the day. Recently, we've looked at the Power Plate and Beneveda. Today, we explore declawing...

Last night, Culver City became the most recent California city to enact a ban on cat declawing, joining L.A., Berkeley and San Francisco, to name a few. With all the hullabaloo surrounding the bans, and many people wondering why policy-makers are spending their time on this, the question on everyone's mind is: what's the big deal?

Is your kitteh really better off with or without his nails? And is it worth the mindpower and consideration of elected officials who inarguably have bigger fish to fry?

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Folks who oppose declawing, or onychectomy, will tell you that the primary reason for opposition is that the procedure is no simple trip the nail salon; it involves removing a portion of the cat's toes up to the first joint, potentially doing a fair amount of permanent damage.