Lee's Summit Cat Declawing
Our top priority is providing the highest-quality of veterinary care to each pet we treat. Every policy and medical procedure supported by our practice has been put in place with the health and wellness of pets in mind. Typically, the optimal age to have your cat declawed is before they are one year old, 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.
Scratching is a natural behavior for cats. Cats scratch mostly to mark their territory, but also to stretch and groom. Providing your cat with, and encouraging the use of, a scratching post can reduce unwanted scratching and destructive behavior. There are many different materials and sizes available to try, many cats have differing preferences. Frequent nail trimming is another effective way to reduce damage and injury from cat claws. Your veterinarian can trim those regularly, or can gladly teach you on how to do this simple procedure yourself. Our veterinarians perform a surgical onychectomy if it is determined that a cat cannot be trained to refrain from using its claws destructively in the home, or 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. Once declawed, it is strongly recommended that your cat live indoors since the ability to defend itself is compromised.
Your pet’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. We perform nerve blocks of the feet that provide additional pain relief immediately after the surgery. Our declaw patients stay with us overnight so that we can be sure they are comfortable, to remove their bandages in the morning, and to assess the surgical area before going home. It is very common to see these kitties pawing playfully through the kennel door following this surgery.