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Pet Declawing in St. Paul, MN

Stop the scratching and save your furniture! At our animal hospital, we perform pet declawing for anyone who wants to remove the front nails of their cats or kittens. Let our friendly and knowledgeable staff answer any questions you might have regarding the declawing process.

Kitten declawing is available at our animal hospital once your kitten reaches a certain age. This age varies by breed and the living conditions of your pet, but we usually recommend declawing when your kitten is between the ages of four and eight months. We perform these pet declawing services under humane conditions and provide you with the information necessary to help your pets recover quickly.

What You Need to Know about Cat Declawing

We offer cat declawing for felines of all breeds and ages. The issue of whether or not to declaw a cat is often discussed between veterinarians and pet owners. Feel free to meet with us to review your options before you choose declawing. Our professional staff can discuss the advantages of surgery, as well as address your concerns.


What Is the Best Time for Kitten Declawing?

When you bring in your kitten for spaying or neutering, we can also perform kitten declawing. This is the perfect time to handle the operation because the kitten is under the effects of anesthesia on one time. In addition, with a four-to-eight-month old kitten, the recovery time is significantly lessened. As a result, younger cats tend to experience less complications and can bounce back much more quickly than older cats.

Declawing older cats sometimes affects their behavior negatively and may have other long-term effects. We recommend early declawing to ensure the safety and comfort of your cat, and to prevent any risks of infection. At our animal hospital, we prefer to handle all operations at one time to reduce any discomfort or trauma an animal may experience.

What Methods are Used to Declaw Kittens?

The two most common methods to remove the front claws from cats are the excisional method and the guillotine method. The excisional method involves using a scalpel to remove the last bone of each toe to make sure the nails are gone. Using the guillotine method, we sever the bone in half, which removes the claw and the distal portion of the bone. Both of these procedures are performed with anesthesia so the animal does not experience pain.

Kitten in St. Paul, MN


Why Should I Have My Cat Declawed?

Whether your decision to declaw is due to medical issues, such as infections and tumors, or behavioral issues, there are many reasons for cat declawing. Many pet owners have their cats declawed to prevent further damage to furniture in their homes or to protect themselves and their loved ones from being scratched. This is especially common among older individuals with medical conditions who may face life-threatening complications as a result of a cat scratch.

Senior citizens with weakened immune systems are slower to recover from injuries such as a cat scratch, but may still want to enjoy the benefits of cat companionship. For individuals facing this dilemma, having their cats declawed is a simple solution to ensure they are able to own a cat without risks. Parents of young children also use this service to protect their little ones whose immune systems are still developing. For cat lovers, young and old, declawing is a great way to make sure that everyone gets along without any painful scratches.

Why Remove Only the Front Claws?

One of the most common issues associated with pet declawing is the argument between total claw removal and partial claw removal. Removing all of a cat’s claws puts it at risk for harm from predators, but leaving its rear claws gives it the option to defend itself in the event of an attack. Declawing is only recommended for cats that live indoors and do not face the threat of predators or other situations where they would need to use their claws in self-defense.

Even for indoor cats, there is the possibility of escaping outdoors when their owner accidentally leaves a door or window open. In this case, the cat still needs to be able to defend itself from potential harm by using its claws to climb away from or scratch any animal that may attempt to attack it. For this reason, we remove only your cat’s front claws to guarantee its safety at all times. When it comes to cat declawing, we do our best to ensure the happiness and comfort of both you and your cat.

Contact us when you’re looking for humane pet declawing. We serve clients in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas.