Q: I'm thinking about declawing my kitten. Does declawing hurt cats?
A: The declaw process entails the removal of the last digit of the cats' toe. The entire piece of bone, not just the nail, must be removed to prevent the nail from growing back.
Does Declawing Hurt Cats?
In general, declawing is a painful procedure. Most veterinarians now use a combination of painkillers to minimize your pets' discomfort. For the declaw procedure, your cat will be asleep under general anesthesia. They can also be given a local anesthetic which when applied to their toes will make them numb. There are oral medications that your veterinarian can provide you with to prevent pain at home after surgery.
When Should I Consider Declawing My Cat?
If you are going to declaw your cat, try to do it at six months of age at the same time that they are being neutered or spayed. This will reduce the amount of times your pet needs to be under anesthesia.