3 Things To Keep In Mind About Declawing Your Cat

One of the choices that you face when you own a cat is if you want to declaw your cat or not. Here are three things you should keep in mind when tackling this important question.

#1 There Are A Risk Of Complications

It is important to remember that there can always be complications when your cat or pet undergoes a major surgery. Getting your cat declawed is a veterinary surgical process, which means that it can come with surgical risk as well.

Your cat is going to be in pain after the procedure, and will need time to heal. You are going to have to manage your cat's pain and help them heal. You also have to work to keep the treatment area sterilize as well. If you don't keep their claws clean, they could get an infection which could lead to further complications.

Sometimes, when the declawing process is not done correctly, your cat's claw can grow back and cause abscesses.

#2 You Cat Will Need To Stay Indoors

If you choose to have your cat declawed, your cat will no longer be able to go outside. Your cat will be an indoor cat for the rest of its life. Once you declaw your cat, it will not be able to defend itself against other animals and it is no longer safe for your cat to go outside. If you do choose to declaw your cat, you need to make sure that your entire family understands that your cat needs to stay inside at all times, and should not be let outside for any reason.

If your cat is an outdoor cat, or a partial outdoor cat, declawing them is not the best option as it will not allow them the freedom that they previously had.

#3 Healing Process Takes Time

Finally, if you choose to declaw your cat, you need to realize that the healing process takes time. You can't just take time off to take your cat in for the procedure, you also need to make sure that you budget time to take care of your cat following the procedure. Your cat is going to be in pain and is going to need to take medication to fight off the pain and to ward off any possible infections. You are going to need to administer the medication on time to your cat.

You are also going to need to limit your cat's mobility so that their claws can heal from the procedure. If you have a really active cat, this may take some effort. You are also going to need to attend to your cat's dressing, changing them and keeping them clean to ward off infection.

If you do decide to get your cat declawed, you need to make sure that you have time not just to take your cat in for the procedure, but to also take care of your cat following the procedure. 

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Keeping Your Cats Healthy and Happy

My name is Deidre Holland and I am very much a cat person. I have several cats at home and before I bring a new cat into the household, I always take the animal to a veterinarian for a wellness exam. I want to make sure that the new cat is healthy before bringing him or her into the household with the other cats. The veterinarian gives the cat a complete physical exam and the required vaccinations. If you like cats as much as I do, I think that you'll find this blog very informative. In addition to the importance of a wellness exam, you'll learn the steps for introducing a new cat into the household. You'll also find out about nutrition, illness and behavioral problems in cats. Owning cats for many years has given me the experience to help other cat owners and I hope that it helps you.