“Life is rough, so get a Pet” I got this advice from one my friend when I had personal life crisis. Apparently I thought it was a cool idea!

Since, I am not a dog person; I adopted a kitten from a local shelter last year. And I was also educated y the same pal, for why pet needs plenty of attention from their owners. So, I did the same by showing my love. After a while, I had to be busy with my work, which leads to some new habits grew with my Achilles (my kitten).  I did aware; when it comes to the behavioral matters there are stuffs which is very natural in the feline family and that can’t be stopped with the standard training.

In the list of cat behaviors, the most familiar natural behavior as we all know is “SCRATCHING”. Scratching is very normal behavior for cats; they usually do it for play with something, to show anger, or to fight the enemy. Their claws are structured to defend them in many situations; it may be right or wrong. In the worst case, these claws can be your or the cat’s worst nightmare by destroying things. And here is the solution for the destructive scratching is a surgical procedure called declawing.

As per statistics, there are 28% of the cats in US are declawed for safety purpose alone. When I quote safety, it means both you and your cat here. Since most of us doesn’t aware that, declawing is a controversial procedure and not advisable by the many of the veterinarians in most of the countries. This made me curious to learn about the various declawing procedures and methods. Also, if you’re being curious to know how much does it cost to declaw your cat and what are all the alternatives other than traditional surgical methods. So, it’s better find out the facts from the basics by keep reading more!

What is declawing?

Scratching is a common natural behavior of any feline family and it is possible for he can be dangerous and destructive in our household. Declawing (Onychectomy) is the surgery for to remove the claws from the cats. In such case, that amputation of their bones from their toe.

The procedure would initially start by removing the claw and then the little piece of the bone which grow with the claws. Because, just removing the claws from cats would not eliminate the whole scratching habit in your kitten.


Why do you want declaw your cat?

Declawing procedure is a most controversial and had been banned in some countries by animal welfare community due to animal cruelty. So, why do we want to go through this much painful procedure for our loved one? Pets are more alike humans on their emotional behaviors; as normally they do feel sadness, happiness and cry too. Because the difficulties faced as a cat owner, when your cat starts scratching you or your furniture and makes to become no house-friendly. So, declawing the kitten is the one way to solve the scratching problem.

The surgery can be painful and stressful event for the cat, but this might be the better way in order to keep your family safer. Here are few things that you would be facing in your day-to-day life,

  •            Injuring each other in multi-cat homes.
  •            Chance of transferring diseases through claws in household will be avoided.
  •            Children and babies would be safe from any unnatural threatening.
  •            Single scratch would be life threatening if the pet owner had any diseases like skin allergy or heart valve infection.
  •            Threatening or attacking of when a new family member comes into the house.
  •            It is the better method for the cat that cannot be trained as normal.
  •            Instead of giving the cat away or shelters to die for some reasons, Declawing is the better way.

How does Declawing Procedure works?

Here is the basic procedure steps for your understanding.

  •                         Found that your cat has scratching habit
  •                         Decided to declaw
  •                         Find the Surgeon
  •                         Choose your method of declaw depend on your budget

– Guillotine trim method

-Scalpel blade method

-Laser or Radiotherapy

  •                         Post- treatment & home care

When is the right time to declaw your cat?

Before you want to opt to choose for declawing procedure or any other alternative methods, you have to aware of the right time or age to declaw your cat.

As veterinarian’s guidance, Declawing is much easier if you do it at the young age. Also, there won’t be any major issue even if you do it at the older stages. But be mindful that, either way you expense for the surgery will not be the same.

It’s better to discuss with your veterinarian before you decide to declaw. The scratching habit is cat’s natural behavior and it may occur at younger or in the older stage of a cat.

How to choose a right Veterinarian for your cat?

Finding a doctor is easy, but choosing the one it fit your budget and your pet will not be easy. Considering of new pet owners, there are few factors you need to understand before paying your price and handing over the life of your pet. It may cost depends on the level of surgeon and procedure you choose. In 2014, the average cost of the declaw surgery was $100 – $450 per surgery. So, take your time to decide the best veterinarian for your pet.

Step 1: Call and book an appointment

Step 2: Check how the hospital handles the emergencies

Step 3: Read the rules and laws in the application forms

Step 4: Try your friends and colleagues to know more about the hospital

Step 5: Get detail information about the costs

Step 6: Be proactive about your pet’s health

How much does it cost to declaw your cat?

Talking about the cost involvement, you definitely need to consider the cat’s age, type of surgery, Surgeon fee and post treatment care. There is no doubt about that it will not be the same for every pet owner. So I have mentioned the cost on average basis depend on the place you live and pet type.

In the medical arena, there are 3 standard declawing methods are followed by the veterinarian. Costs of these three methods are would not be as same as well.

  • Guillotine

This method is little painful, but it can assure that no claws in the future. As per the procedure, the last bone of the toe will be completely removed from cat paw. Sometimes, not only the distal part of the bone would be removed, but also it might cut through the cat’s toe pad as well. The cost of declawing the cat by this method will average from $100 -$300 per surgery.

       Cost impact

Anesthesia, Sterile clipper, Stitches, Glues, Post treatment care, Pain medications, Antibiotics, Hospital fee.

  • Take very less time
  • Less cost
  • Possibility of infection cause
  • No more claw in the future
  • Recover time is longer
  • Scalpel blade method

This process also called as an excisional method. By this method, the last bone of the toe would be removed by using a scalpel. This may less painful compared to guillotine, and which requires a well-practiced surgeon to operate in this way. The cost average from $200 – $ 500 per surgery and post treatment.

Cost impact

Sterile clipper, post treatment care, Stitches, Glues, Pain medications, Antibiotics, Hospital fee.

  • Less time
  • Well practiced surgeon
  • Mid-end cost
  • Recovery time is less
  • Laser or Radiotherapy

By using the laser cutter, toe tendons that operate the claws in the cat would be removed entirely, but it will make sure the claw last bone still undamaged. This surgery will be less pain, but the post care by trimming the nails and checkups would add more expense in the budget.  The surgeon you choose must be a well-practiced and should have the previous experience as well. The average cost of laser surgery usually around $300 – $500 depending on the surgeon.

  Cost impact

Laser equipment’s, Pain medications, Antibiotics, Hospital fee

  • Less time
  • Less bleeding
  • Less pain
  • No more post-treatment bandages
  • Upper-end cost

In addition, you can expect to see some additional costs like, pre-surgery blood test, pain relief patch which may cost you around $40 – $50 per each.

Are there any Alternative Treatments?

As much as we adore our pets throughout our life, some of us don’t want to see their pet gets operated by scalpel or laser, difficult to walk in the post treatments.  So, you might curious to know if there is any alternative solution for my naughty cat.  Yes! As an optimistic person would say, there is always a better solution for any problem. There are few better ways to stop your cat from destructive scratching!

  • Always keep your cat’s nails trimmed, with the help of your surgeon if you are not comfortable with yourself.
  • Make or buy scratching posts/pads from pet stores.
  • Encourage the good behaviors in cat
  • It is better to avoid any physical or oral punishments if the cat done something wrong. Instead, teach him for not to do it.
  • If you really are concern about your furniture getting wasted, then you can try to make the furniture look less attractive to your cat. For example like cover up with the aluminum foils or plastic.
  • Try Nail caps, you can get it from the pet store itself. It has to be changed at some point in time. For example, the products like Soft Paws are the most preferable nail protection by the pet owners and it roughly cost you around $18 to $20. So, your cat and you don’t have to worry about losing claws or protection of your furniture.

These are the best options available to the people who do not prefer those surgical methods of declawing. The most important fact that you should keep in your mind is that, all these alternative options are might not have to be the permanent solution for scratching problem, but easiest one. So, let that cute little paws be a weapon and it’s time to cuddle with him without thinking about scratch on your face.


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