Some cats can develop habits that can be destructive to your home. By keeping your cat’s nails trimmed and training him/her to use a scratching post, you may be able to modify these habits. Cat owners should remember that scratching is normal cat behavior and cats do this as claw conditioning and as a stretching activity. However, sometimes for either behavioral or health reasons, declawing is the only option left to cat owners. Declawing your cat is a decision that should be made with your veterinarian.
When a veterinarian performs a declaw (onychectomy), they are removing the entire claw. At Hickory Vet, we recommend only performing this on the front two claws, not all four. Once a cat has been declawed, they should stay indoors, as they can no longer defend themselves.
We believe that proper pain medication should be administered before, during and after this surgery. Your pet will be given anesthesia before surgery begins. Once the surgery is complete, your cat will stay overnight in our hospital to be continuously monitored and so that pain medication can be continued.
Your cat’s health and comfort are very important to us. If you are considering having your cat declawed, come in and speak with your veterinarian. He or she will be happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding the procedure.