One of the groups that argued against the declawing ban was the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.
They argued that the decision to declaw a cat, or find another way to keep them from wrecking the furniture, should be left up to individual cat owners. Other critics worry that a declawing ban would lead to more cats filling the city's animal shelters.
But, so far, none of the other cities that banned cat declawing have noticed a spike in abandoned cats. Plus, pet experts say there are other reasons to ban the surgery. One of the vets who spoke out against the operation was Seattle's Aubrey Lavizzo.
He says that cats who are declawed often develop behavioral issues. Other veterinarians say that declawing can cause painful conditions including nerve damage and bone spurs.
Some owners simply say that the pain a cat feels during the surgery is only temporary, and they would rather pay for a declawing than worry about their furniture. While the issue is settled in Seattle, it's clear that this debate will continue across the country.
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[H/T: 9 News]