To be honest, this isn’t our favorite solution, but sometimes it’s the only option when people are trying to live with high energy cats and traffic or coyote make an outdoor lifestyle deadly. Alternatives to declawing include scratching posts that are firmly anchored to something solid, soft paws temporary rubber caps that limit the damage your cat can do, and a pheromone that helps train your cat to destroy the scratching post instead of the landlord’s door frame and Grandma’s antique table.
When all else fails, surgical declawing can be considered. This bone surgery is best done while the kitten is young and heals fast, 4-6 months of age. The claws are removed under anesthetic, and the cat is hospitalized for 1-2 days, allowing time for the pads to begin healing. Extra pain medication is automatically given. Only a front foot declaw is recommended. A surgical laser is highly recommended (and required for mature cats) since it vaporizes small nerve endings and tiny blood vessels, making the recovery and first couple days post op easier.
- Surgery includes routine anesthetic of a healthy cat and anesthetic monitoring – $176.00 ($146.00 if added to a spay or neuter)
- Recommended: Pre-anesthetic bloodwork
- Screening chemistry profile to rule out unsuspected kidney or other organ issues – $52.00
- Pro BNP to screen for developmental or other heart problems that cannot be heard with a stethoscope. – $36
- Extra pain medication – $20.00
- Laser Surgery – $51.00 (included)