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At Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center, our Gainsville vet offers a number of veterinary services to suit your pet's needs. One procedure that we offer for cats and kittens is that of declawing. This can be an effective way to resolve issues related to unwanted scratching in cats.
If you're considering having your cat or kitten declawed, keep in mind that this is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Unfortunately, there is no way around the fact that declawing is painful for cats, and there is a lengthy recovery process. Not to mention, declawing your cat will change the way he or she stands, walks, and lives his or her day-to-day life.
With all this in mind, we always recommend that pet owners explore alternatives to declawing first and foremost. This can include making sure your cat has access to plenty of scratching posts throughout the house, as well as having your cat's nails trimmed regularly. There are also plastic "caps" you can place on your cat's paws to prevent unwanted scratching without permanently removing the claw. It's only if these other alternatives are ineffective in resolving your cat's scratching problems that you should even consider a declaw procedure.
If you decide to go through with having your cat or kitten declawed, it's important for you to be aware of what to expect. At Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center, we'll do everything we can to keep your pet as comfortable as possible throughout the process and during recovery.
During the declaw procedure, an amputation of the last joint of your pet's front paws will occur. We will then stretch the remaining skin back over the front of the paw and suture it in place. Your pet's paws will be carefully bandaged and follow-up appointments will be required to ensure everything is healing properly.
To find out more about alternatives to cat declawing or to schedule your cat's next appointment with our Gainsville vet, contact Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center today. You can reach us by calling 352-373-8055. We're happy to answer any questions you may have when you call.