(CNN) – Cat declawing – it’s a controversial practice that may result in chronic pain to cats and it’s now illegal in New York.
Removing a cat’s claw requires a partial amputation of each toe and can strain leg joints and the spine.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday to ban the surgery.
New York is the first state to do so.
The law takes effect immediately.
The bill makes exceptions for “therapeutic purposes” or if declawing would help the cat’s health.
(This story was originally published on July 23, 2019)