About City The Kitty

City the Kitty is a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) (EIN 83-1153382) that is supported solely by private donations. City the Kitty nonprofit is dedicated to building global awareness about the unnecessary and inhumane procedure of declawing so that we can outlaw this practice.

Your tax-deductible contributions will be used for educational material and campaigns, fund declawed cats in need of medical care under certain circumstances, and for other anti-declawing campaigns.

Our Mission: To build global awareness about the unnecessary and inhumane
procedure of declawing so that we can outlaw this practice.

Our Vision: To educate and advocate so that all cats can lead lives that are
healthy, happy and free from unnecessary and barbaric mutilation of
their feet for the sake of convenience.

Who We Serve: Cats and their humans worldwide

Our Programs and Services

City the Kitty accomplishes this mission in these ways:

  • Volunteer Groups: City the Kitty groups, led by City the Kitty Ambassadors in each state, promote awareness by providing educational materials to shelters, rescues, the cat loving community, and through social media channels.
  • Volunteer lobbyists in each state educate legislators about the harmful effects of declawing, the benefits from cats being able to scratch, and the easy, humane options to this inhumane procedure.
  • City the Kitty identifies areas with the highest declaw rates and disseminates educational videos, social media ads, along with billboards and Public Service Announcements.
  • City the Kitty provides an interactive map with updates, state by state, on the anti-declawing movement.
  • City the Kitty helps fund the medical care of declawed cats in need under certain circumstances.

Our Goals 2018-2022

Goal 1: End declawing in the United States within 5-10 years.

Goal 2: Provide a comprehensive list of no-declaw vets, shelters and cat rescue groups in each state that owners can support.

Goal 3: Dispatch City the Kitty Veterinarian Advocates to vet school throughout the country to educate vet students about declawing and humane alternatives.

Goal 4: Provide an interactive map with updates, state by state, on the anti-declawing movement

Background and Context

Declawing is a painful and inhumane option that comes with many associated health risks and disabling consequences. Sadly, despite the harm to cats, it continues to be one of the most routinely performed procedures in all of veterinary medicine in the U.S. There is a problem of limited awareness of the true nature of declawing.

Many people think that declawing is the removal of claws. It is not.

Declawing involves amputating the last bone of a cat’s paw and cutting through bone, tendons, skin and nerves. It is the surgical removal of toe bone, nail bed, and claw. In a person, it is the same as amputating each finger at the last joint. Laser removal is not less painful or more humane. Declawing is inhumane—cats walk directly on their toes. Amputation can lead to chronic pain. It frequently results in behavioral changes including increased biting and sometimes more aggressive behavior.

Declawed cats may have difficulty walking and running and are more frequently diagnosed with spinal pain from gait disturbances. Declawed cats often have difficulty using their litter box, are more likely to urinate in inappropriate places. They—possibly because they have to—modify their gait due to their missing toe bones.

Declawing is illegal in many countries. We are part of a movement in the U.S. to restrict this practice. Many humane veterinarians oppose declawing and educate patients to prevent amputation of cats’ toes. Tragically, it remains a common practice for many veterinarians and corporate veterinary hospitals.

As many as 5,000 cats are declawed a day in America!

Veterinary associations lobby to keep declawing legal. It is a profitable surgery and veterinary associations have downplayed the number of surgeries and the complications. Too many veterinarians do not honestly disclose the true consequences to cat owners. We want to educate the public that cats are smart and can learn to not claw furniture. There are safe, simple, and humane alternatives to declawing. These common-sense alternatives include sturdy scratchers, nail trims, deterrents, and caps that go over the claws.

Together, we can spread awareness that declawing cats should never be an option.

For more information, please view our City The Kitty Strategic Plan.