LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Declawing cats would be illegal in Michigan if a state House bill is approved and signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The legislation bans “an onychectomy, a partial or complete phalangectomy, or tendonectomy procedure, or any other surgical procedure that prevents normal 4 functioning of the claws, toes, or paws, on a cat.”

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Declawing involves amputating the last bone on each of the feline’s toes. The procedure would only be allowed if a cat’s health would be threatened with leaving its claws.

A bill was introduced three years ago to ban the declawing of cats but did not pass. New York was the first state to ban the practice in 2019, with Maryland following suit in 2022.