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.