Denver City Council to consider banning practice of declawing cats

DENVER — The Denver City Council on Wednesday will discuss a bill to ban declawing of cats except in cases that are medically necessary.

Declawed cats often develop behaviors that make them much less desirable as pets or are crippled for life.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has said that in the five years after the city banned declawing, the number of cats surrendered to shelters decreased by more than 40 percent.