Some people feel that declawing a cat is cruel.
Depending on how the surgery is performed, this can be true. We believe
in taking away the least possible amount of tissue, (see picture to the
right) leaving the toe intact and only removing the claw itself. There is
very little damage to the paw and surgical glue is used to close the
incisions. There is no need for special cat litters afterward and no sutures
to be removed.
We neither recommend Declawing nor discourage it.
Front Paws / Rear Paws
We recommend only declawing the front paws. Cats need their rear claws
for defense. They also still have the ability to climb trees and hunt with
only their rear claws. Some situations require the rear claws be removed.
But these are few and far between, and must be arranged with the Doctor
prior to Surgery.
A kitten can be declawed as early as 10 weeks old. We recommend
removing the claws as early as possible. It is less traumatic and less
painful for a young kitten than for an adult cat.
Kittens under 6 months old will stay over night and can go home any time
the following day.
Adult cats can also be declawed. All cats over 6 months old must stay at
the clinic for two days following surgery. This is so we can limit the amount
of activity that requires putting weight on the paws.
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Above is a picture of a claw
removed during a 'Declaw'.
When using the method
Dr McGuire preforms, there is
very little tissue removed.
He removes only the Claw with
the cuticle attached. There is
little to no bleeding involved,
and because the incisions are
so small, he uses Surgical Glue
rather than Sutures.
Recovery time is usually about
3 days. And the only
restrictions are no jumping off
high locations and keep them