4 Pets Clinic
People choose to have their cats declawed for a number of different reasons. Others choose against this option. We respect the choices of every owner and do not want to push those who are considering declawing their cat. We offer information and support your decision. We believe that if a person is going to have a cat declawed, it is easier on everyone concerned to declaw the cat while it is young. Declawed cats should remain indoor only cats.
A cat declaw is elective surgery and most cats are wonderful house pets without declawing. There are alternatives to declawing. Most cats can be trained to use a scratching post. Many owners trim their cats nails every 10 days or so to keep the nails short. Plastic nail covers are available that temporarily prevent scratching. Our veterinarians would be happy to discuss the options with you and help you find a solution to your cat concerns.
Some people are adamantly opposed to cat declaws, while other cat owners insist that they have had many cats declawed over the years without problems. It is common for landlords or family members to require a cat to be declawed as a condition of living in a particular place.
It is up to you to decide what makes sense for you, for your home and for your cat.
A cat's claw grows from the end of the last digit of each toe. A cat declaw is an operation where a veterinarian places a cat under general anesthesia and amputates the last digit and the claw from each toe. In our practice, a veterinarian uses a laser for this surgery. Using a laser reduces swelling, pain and promotes faster healing.
Declawing cats presents more risks for complications than most other elective surgeries. For example, when the American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a Literature Review on the Welfare Implications of Declawing of Domestic Cats, the association found one study indicating that "Complications that arose after discharge from the hospital were observed in 24 of 163 (20%) cats." Most of these complications were minor and most were easily resolved but all complications require management.
1. We examine all cats to assess suitability for surgery. We will not perform surgery on cats that are not healthy, too old, are overweight or have some other factor which indicates surgery is not a good option.
2. All cats receive pain medication and general anesthesia before surgery. Pain medicine is not optional and is included in the price we quote. Many cats are hard to medicate so we administer the pain medicine for you.
3. Our veterinarians use a surgical laser to declaw the cats. Cats declawed with a laser recover faster with less swelling, less pain and less bleeding if exercise is kept ot a minimum as we advise.
4. We continue to monitor all pets after surgery until they are fully awake and ready to go into a cage.
5. We hospitalize all cats for 3 days after surgery. Hospitalizing keeps the cats calm to reduce the risk of complications, promotes healing and permits them to adjust to the e-collar. During hospitalization, we administer pain medicine and monitor progress.
6. We notify the owner of progress in their cat’s medical condition daily.
7. Our veterinarian will check on the pets again before release. If appropriate, we will keep your cat a few extra days at no extra cost.
8. We send you and your cat home with post surgical instructions, and a 24 hour phone number to call with questions or concerns.
9. After surgery, we will see your pet without charge to check on complications or concerns related to the procedure.
We use a laser to declaw cats. Cats declawed with a laser recover faster with little or no bleeding, less swelling and pain than using any of the traditional methods.
We have many satisfied clients who bring their pets in regularly to have their nails trimmed or to have plastic nail covers applied. We also have many satisfied clients who are very happy with their decision to declaw their cats.
If you have any questions about declawing or alternatives to declawing, our veterinarians would welcome the chance to visit with you to discuss your personal situation with your cat.
If you have questions, or the schedule an appointment, please call us at 440-327-0100.