If your cat displays uncorrectable destructive behavior in your home or poses a threat to a family member, declawing your cat may be an option.
Our veterinarians perform a surgical onychectomy (or declawing) if they believe that a cat cannot be trained to refrain from using its claws destructively in the home, or that it poses a danger to family members. Unfortunately, not all cats are amenable to behavior modification, and we believe that this surgical procedure will result in fewer cats being abandoned or euthanized. Typically, we will only remove the claws of the front two paws, but once declawed, it is recommended that your cat live indoors since its ability to defend itself is compromised.
Typically, the optimal age to have your cat declawed is in the younger years as they tend to recover from surgery with fewer consequences. However, it is important to communicate with your veterinarian and obtain a one-on-one evaluation to discuss the best personal age to declaw your cat to maximize recovery comfort.
Your cat’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns when performing a declaw. We use advanced pain management techniques in conjunction with anesthesia to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and after they are discharged. Our declaw patients receive 2 or 3 injectable pain medications during the procedure and go home with oral pain medication. We perform nerve blocks of the feet that provide additional pain relief immediately after the surgery. These patients stay with us overnight so that we can be sure they are comfortable, remove their bandages in the morning, and assess the surgical area before going home. It is very common to see these kitties pawing playfully through the kennel door following this surgery.