Declawing for Cats

HomePet CareDeclawing for Cats

Most cats do very well when declawed using a laser and you should know the following:

1. Laser surgery reduces pain not healing time. Pain reduction is approximately 75%

2. The toes are sutured closed and packed with antibiotic/cortisone ointment then bandaged for 24 hours

4. The cat is discharged 48 hours after surgery without bandages.* Use shredded newspaper or Yesterdays News which we offer as liter for 1 week. Keeping the feet bandaged can be done but delays healing by several days.

5. The cat SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN JUMP AND PLAY FOR 7-14 MORE DAYS.

This will break the sutures in the toes and the cat may bleed profusely

6. If this occurs bandage the feet lightly, place the cat in a confined area or preferably a cage and bring the cat in the next day for anesthesia and re-suturing. Some cats will attempt to chew out the sutures in the toes.

7. There is a charge for anesthesia and re-suturing of the toes ($75 or more)

8. The sutures in the toes are dissolvable and do not need to be removed.

9. Report swollen toes and any signs of pus or limping after 2 wks.

 

Estimate of cost:  $281.75—–for cats 4 mo.—7 yrs

$388.75—–for cats 8yrs and up

 

We STRONGLY RECOMMEND Pre-anesthetic blood work and an Elizabethan collar to reduce anesthetic and post op complications.

 

OPTIONAL MEDICAL RECOMMENDATIONS:                                                         Please initial if you Decline

$71.00—Blood Profile #2—Checks for Anemia, Clotting, and Organ function———I Decline—–Initials: ______

(note: this is not optional for cats 8 yrs and older)

$19.50—Elizabethan Collar—Prevents chewing of toes and sutures———————– I Decline—–Initials: ______