We have domesticated our pets to a level never seen before. We love our four legged friends for being our constant companions and we go to great lengths to have them by our side as much as possible. Unfortunately, things may get misaligned or even destroyed in the name of just having fun. Your furniture can be a victim of your energetic cat’s attention from time to time and that’s not a good thing to come home to.
Some cat owners prefer to have the front claws of their pet removed, this will assuredly eliminate the clawing of the furniture, but there are other aspects to take into consideration. Here are a few questions I like to ask before we declaw your cat:
- How old is your cat?
- How long have you had it?
- Do you plan to care for the animal for the remainder of it’s life?
- Will the cat be an indoor or outdoor cat?
- If the feline will be visiting outdoors, will it have free reign?
- Surgical removal of the front claws is permanent and the cat will be virtually defenseless to other animals, do you also have dogs at your home?
It is important to me that the owner fully understands the procedure and the after effects of declawing their kitty. Education is the key!
Dr. Beverly Cannady
Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic