Declawing a cat is an elective procedure which should be carefully considered and chosen only if necessary to protect the health of immune compromised people or to prevent destructive behavior which cannot be redirected in any other manner. Declawing involves amputating each digit at the first joint of each toe. We perform declaw procedures using laser surgery for the following reasons:
- Lasers cut tissue with a beam of light, which seals small nerve endings and thus reduces pain.
- Lasers also seal small blood vessels as they cut so there is minimal to no bleeding and usually no need for bandaging after surgery.
We monitor the cats for two days after surgery and then send them home with minimal restrictions and no change in type of litter usually.
Front declaw is usually all that is needed. The rear claws cause fewer problems in the household, and are helpful to provide at least some assistance for the cat should s/he accidentally escape.
Declawing can be done at the time of spay/neuter, which is not only more cost effective for you but also it is less stressful to younger cats.