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 overweight cats.
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 to fill the litter box for at l
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 grip and balance when walking.
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, such as laundry baskets, sheets
There are three main methods to declaw kittens: guillotine, blade and radiosurgery methods, writes All Feline Hospital. All three methods utilize deep skin incisions that require sutures or skin glue and bandages to heal. The bandages are left on from 24 hours to three days, depending on the declawi
Laser surgery to declaw a cat involves amputating the first digit of each toe with a CO2 laser or radiosurgery unit, according to All Feline Hospital. The tissue is cauterized, which helps to minimize bleeding and swelling, and the skin incision is closed with either a suture or skin glue. Bandages
Laser declawing presents three advantages to cats, according to the Canton Animal Hospital. It reduces the risk that claws grow back, cats recover from laser declawing more quickly, and it eliminates the blood loss that occurs during standard declawing procedures that clip the cat's toe bones.
The benefit of declawing a cat is that it can no longer damage furniture or injure people with its claws. However, declawing cats is a painful surgery for them, alters the natural way they move and can lead to future complications, according to Avery Ranch Animal Hospital.