Three common alternatives to declawing a cat include making scratching posts readily available, trimming the cat's claws regularly and using claw covers. A pheromone called Feliway may also help in controlling scratching.
Cats can be declawed at three months of age or older. However, many veterinarians do not declaw young kittens because they believe declawing should be a last resort, and owners should try training the kitten first.
A phone call to a local veterinarian during normal business hours is the best way to determine the cost of declawing a cat. Referrals may be obtained by contacting the state's veterinary medical association.
The best candidates for declawing are cats between the ages of 4 and 8 months that are not overweight, according to About.com. While these cats still experience pain from declawing, their recovery is quicker and less likely to include complications than older or overwei...
Dogs can be declawed, but it is generally considered to be an inhumane and unnecessary practice, and there are few vets who will perform such a surgery. Dogs need their claws just like people need their fingernails and toenails, to scratch their bodies and to give them ...
After declawing a cat, it is important to ease her pain using pain medication, keep her nourished by offering small amounts of food and water, and remove her bandages the morning following the surgery, according the Spay Neuter Clinic. Use only Yesterday's News litter t...
Declawed cats prefer soft litter, which is less harsh on their sensitive paws and easier for them to walk through. Although declawed cats may initially be trained to use a litter box, they might start using other soft surfaces for waste disposal after being declawed, su...