Feline Declaw

Declawing your cat is a common procedure to help prevent household felines from continuously scratching and clawing. This safe and painless procedure can save your home while not providing any issues for your cat. 

Why does my cat need feline declawing?

Onychectomy, or declawing, is a process in which a cat’s claws are surgically removed. This procedure is typically attractive for pet parents who suffer from their cat’s incessant scratching behavior. 

Other common reasons include controlling a misbehaving cat, and the diminished risk of injury or pain to humans through a cat’s scratch.  Children and other pets are protected from injury due to a scratch. This will provide a more comfortable living environment for you, your family and your home.

Feline declawing methods

Below are the medically improved ways in which the procedure is performed in both kittens and adult cats. Learning about these methods will help you understand that surgical blade dissection is the most proven procedure that is relatively painless. It’s important to note that almost all of these procedures include cutting off the very last bone on your cat’s paw, where the claw is attached to.

  • Blade declawing – the blade directly cuts through the cat’s nail joints, removing just the nail and no other surrounding tissue. The surgical site is closed with one drop of surgical glue.   THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST TECHNIQUE FOR DECLAWING YOUR CAT. This is the only technique Care Animal Hospital provides.
  • Laser declawing – although this is a highly advertised method, it has been shown that it produces more scarring than the blade technique.
    Amputation declawing –  is the most invasive procedure and removes surrounding vital pad tissue and bone structure.  Remarkable pain and extended recovery for six weeks or more makes this method very unfavorable.  This method is highly discouraged.
Close photo of a cat's paw

Will declawing hurt my cat? 

During the recovery period, your special friend will be on pain medication and an anti-inflammatory drug to relieve any pain or discomfort.  

During the first two weeks at home after surgery, your cat should be confined to a small room with their food, water, and litter box. You can spend time with them for a visit but the cat’s activity needs to be reduced.

The idea is to prevent your cat from jumping and running around which could decrease the ability for your cat’s paws to recover. Your cat will get used to the changes and will be back to normal.

Is it cruel to declaw a cat?

Just like other procedures which pose ethical concerns to your pet, declawing a cat or approving to go through with the process depends on your and your family’s needs and desires. Proper declawing helps prevent detrimental injuries and unfavorable feelings with family members.

Can declawing result in personality changes?

For many, there is a concern that feline declawing can lead to personality changes. However, several studies have gone on to prove that the correlation does not exist. Behavioral changes from declawing are almost non-existent.  

Like most surgeries, be it human or animal, if you choose the right surgeon that uses the right technique, with proper aftercare, you will enjoy your special cat friend without concern for human injury or property damage.