Declawing Your Cat
Declaw Cat

Declawing (onychectomy) is the surgical removal of the entire nail on each toe, including the bone from which the nail grew. It is performed under general anesthesia and the paws are bandaged for the first 24 hours after surgery. The cat is hospitalized for two days following surgery. During this time, pain medication is administered to keep the cat comfortable, and the feet are checked to be sure they are healing properly.

Home Care

  • Restrict activity as much as possible for the next 7-10 days, and do not let your cat jump down from high places. Keep your cat indoors.

  • We will send home special litter for your cat for 7-10 days. Do not use regular litter; it can stick to the feet and cause irritation or infection.

  • No special diet is required.

  • Check the feet daily. Occasionally a cat will break open a scab formed where the nail was removed. A few drops of blood may be noted, but bleeding should stop rapidly. If it doesn't, please call the clinic.

  • Do not allow your cat to excessively lick the feet.

  • There are no sutures to be removed.

Notify the doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Your cat's feet appear swollen or bleed frequently.

  • Any discharge is noted from the toes.

  • Your cat is reluctant to walk after 7 days. Most cats will be sore on their feet for the first few days.

  • Your cat is not eating and drinking.

  • Your cat is vomiting or very depressed.