Prohibit Cat Declawing (California)

AB 2606


June 13, 2022

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Declawing is a permanent, surgical procedure in which all or part of the last bone in a cat’s toes is amputated. It can have lifelong medical implications and stops a cat from performing natural behaviors.

Banned in over 10 major cities and the states of New York and Maryland, California could become the third state to prohibit this outdated procedure. AB2606, sponsored by Assemblymembers Wendy Carrillo and Alex Lee, passed the Assembly in May. If enacted, California’s cat declawing ban would prohibit, except for a therapeutic purpose:

  • performing surgical claw removal, declawing, or a tendonectomy on any cat; or
  • otherwise altering a cat’s toes, claws, or paws to prevent or impair their normal function.

If you’re a California resident, please ask your state legislators to support this important bill.

California Residents: Help Ban Cat Declawing Statewide!

Help protect cats by urging your state senator to support California’s cat declawing ban, AB 2606!