Felines can now rest easy, knowing that they will not be subjected to unnecessary pain.

New York is the first state to ban the declawing of cat's as Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on Monday.

Declawing was once common practice but is now considered a dangerous surgery as a cat’s toe bones and claws are removed. The long-term physical impacts on a declawed cat are chronic pain, lameness, bone spurs, necrosis, nerve damage, aversion to using the litterbox (due to the cat's pain in their paws), and increased biting (in compensation for the loss of claws). Many declawed cats end up in shelters due to the behavioral problems caused by declawing.

Declawing is illegal in most European countries, as well as Israel. In the U.S., many Californian cities have passed declawing bans, including Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Burbank, Culver City, Berkley and San Francisco.

Cat's everywhere can now sleep easy in NYS.

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