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Feline Declaw Surgery:

Scratching is an instinctive feline behavior - completely normal even though we, as owners, do not want to see it happen to our homes.  Scratching is a natural action in cats to aid in the removal of their old, dead nail fragments, allowing for the growth of new nail tissue.  In addition, scratching is also a means of marking territory - even if you and your cat disagree whom the couch truly belongs to.     

Training your cat to use scratching posts, as well as regularly trimming their nails can be helpful in minimizing the damage caused by scratching on house hold items.  With proper training, some cats can learn what is "acceptable" and "UN-acceptable" to scratch on.  In addition, there is always the non-surgical option of "soft paws" - plastic nail caps that get glued over the nails to minimize their damage potential. 

In many cases, clients will make the decision to have their cat's nails surgically removed if the destructive behavior cannot be kept in check.  The procedure is called an "onchychectomy"... during which the claws are permanently removed.  The procedure is done under general anesthesia and a brief overnight stay is required during the first 24 hours to observe the patient in order to minimize complications post-operatively.  Cats are put on post-operative pain medications to alleviate as much discomfort as possible, antibiotics to head off potential toe infections, and lastly, the cat must be switched over to a special kitty litter (shredded paper or "yesterday's news") for 14 days until they are healed up completely.

 

“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” -Samuel Butler

“A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.” ~Indian Proverb