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The Surgical Procedure
Feline declawing involves the removal of the distal phalanx bone of each toe of the front paws. This is the part of the toe where the nail attaches. Dr. Strickland will surgically remove each distal phalanx and apply a surgical grade adhesive to close each surgical site. No sutures are required for this surgical procedure. Dr.Strickland will then place compression bandages on each front paw and they will remain in place overnight. Your cat will spend the night and the next morning at the clinic, Dr. Strickland will then remove each compression bandage and examine each toe for proper site closure. Appropriate pain medication will be administered prior to surgery and for several days post-surgery. Again, we want to keep your cat calm,comfortable, and pain free post surgery to avoid unnecessary chewing, licking, biting, or scratching of the surgical sites.
If you feel that declawing is a vital procedure in order to prevent property destruction and have a high quality home life for your cat, then Dr. Strickland strongly urges you to have this procedure done when the cat is very young. A great time to do this is during a spay/neuter procedure when the cat is already going to be under anesthesia. This will greatly reduce pain and recovery time for your cat. As a rule Dr. Strickland strongly recommends that only front paw declaw procedures be done on your cat. While she understands that your cat may only be an indoor cat, removing all of its built-in defenses puts it a risk for injury from another pet in the home or due
an accidental escape. Please consult directly with Dr. Strickland if you wish to have a four-paw declaw of your cat.
Post Surgical Home Care
Administration of pain medication will be required for your cat for several days post-surgery. This
medication will speed recovery and provide comfort from a very painful procedure. It is critical that all doses be administered as prescribed in order to return your cat to normalcy as soon
as possible. We provide this medication in a transdermal gel for ease of administration and the highest level of effectiveness. Your cat’s litter box will need to be changed upon arrival
at home in order to reduce the risk of infection and discomfort. A litter product called “Yesterday’s News” is all that should be used for the next two weeks of home care. After two weeks your cat should be completely healed and you may return to your previous litter product as desired.
Signs To Watch For At Home
Food & Water at Home
Again, your pet is recovering from a major surgical procedure and you should not expect it to be fully back to normal immediately. Therefore, you should not feed your pet until after 8:00 pm on the day of surgery. You should only feed 20% of their normal daily intake during this first feeding post-surgery. You should only put enough water in their bowl to provide roughly 15-20 licks/laps of water. You can resume normal feeding and watering the next day.
Your pet may NOT resume regular, normal bowel movements for 24-36 hours post-surgery. This is totally normal and NOT a cause for concern. Your pet has not only been fasting for 12-18 hours prior to surgery they have also been under anesthesia. We always walk your pet within two hours post-surgery both to instill some fresh air in order to help dispel anesthesia, but also to encourage a return normal fecal and urine elimination.
Feline Declaw Procedure and Home Care
One of our representatives will be happy to contact you via e-mail within 24 hours, or for urgent needs please call us at: (913) 888-3939