Veterinarians in Manitoba voted overwhelmingly to ban the practice of declawing cats without a medical reason. The vote, which took place electronically over the last few days, came back with 73 per cent in favour of a bylaw banning the procedure, and 26 per cent opposed. The ban takes effect immediately. It makes Manitoba the sixth province in Canada to bring in a ban on the procedure that amputates the first joint of a cat’s toes. Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta banned the practice earlier this year, while British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia prohibited it in 2018.  New Brunswick also voted to ban cat declawing in April, with the ban set to come into effect on July 1 of this year. “I think attitudes within the general public and the veterinary profession about this elective procedure are changing and new research has emerged that suggests that declawing cats is not an entirely benign procedure,” said Dr. Jonas Watson, president of the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association. Part of that attitude shift came after a major study published in 2017 in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery that suggested cats that went through the pro...