What is Declawing?
Declawing is the amputation of the last joint and third bone, called the distal phalanx, in all the toes of the cat’s paw. After being declawed, the cat will more than likely have bandaged feet that will need to be tended to a few days prior to the surgery.
Post Surgical Care
Aspen Grove Veterinary Care emphasizes that due to this being a surgical procedure, it will not only require anesthesia during the amputation, but also up to a few weeks of sufficient pain management. It is also not unheard of for the cat to have to be hospitalized for several days to ensure pain management during the recovery.
To avoid infection, it is important to remove any clay-based or clumping cat litter from the litter box and replace it with paper or newspaper clips.
Why It Is Harmful To You Pet
According to The Humane Society of the United States, “Medical drawbacks to declawing include pain in the paw, infection, tissue necrosis (tissue death), lameness, and back pain. Removing claws changes the way a cat's foot meets the ground and can cause pain similar to wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes. There can also be a regrowth of improperly removed claws, nerve damage, and bone spurs.”
It is important to speak in depth with your veterinarian about the drawbacks of declawing before going through with the surgical procedure.
Alternatives to Declawing
If you are having trouble teaching your cat not to scratch your furniture and such, there are other alternatives! This includes trimming their nails, providing scratching posts and boards around your home, getting plastic caps glued to the cat’s nails by your vet, and/or attaching a special tape to your furniture to deter the cats from scratching! You can also do something as simple as getting a spray bottle and squirting your cat with water to stop unwanted behaviors.