How much to declaw a cat


How much to declaw a cat?

Hi,

I have three cats who used to be declawed when young. Recently they were declawed agn, so I am worried about their safety and the risk of them trying to use claws agn. How much will it hurt them if I declaw them for the third time?

Thanks.

M

answer

When the cat is declawed on the paws for the first time, there is a high probability of infection. Also, with multiple declawings, the claws don't grow back at the same rate. This will leave gaps between the claws of about one-half inch for the first time, then around an inch to two inches the next time and so on.

If you plan to declaw your cat agn, make sure to sterilize the area first, then carefully remove the old claws. It's important to keep your cat comfortable during the procedure, to prevent pn. Some animals are given a sedative.

I can't emphasize this enough. Declawing is a very pnful procedure for the cat, and you can't make an educated decision about what's best for your cat without first having that procedure done.

If you're in the US, it's possible to find an emergency animal clinic in your area that can do the declawing. However, it's still a pnful procedure, so I would seriously recommend having it done properly by a vet.

If your cat has been declawed before, then there is a chance it will not grow new claws. It's difficult to say how much the cat will miss those claws, but a cat needs them to walk, eat, sleep, and play with things. Cats who have been declawed before should be on the bottom of the list to declaw agn. They are more at risk of developing sores in the foot or other open wounds due to the rough edges of the cat's skin. Declawing should not be done before the cat is a year old, and it is possible to declaw a kitten without injuring its pads and sensitive nerves.

If you do choose to declaw your cat, be sure to have it done by a qualified, trusted vet, as well as having the procedure done properly.

### Other Common Health Problems

#### FOOD ALLERGIES

Feline food allergies can be a real problem for cats with sensitive digestive systems. You may not be aware that a healthy diet can change your cat's allergies.

A diet contning meat is generally safer than a diet high in grns and carbohydrates, but there are times when it may be necessary to avoid specific food types.

Your veterinarian can test your cat's allergies and advise you on what to feed.

### TICK ALLERGIES

It is true that cats may develop an allergy to the saliva of the dog tick. This is most common when the cat is a kitten or very young, and does not yet have protective tick immunity. If your cat is very young, you can ask the vet to treat the kitten for fleas and the symptoms of a possible tick allergy. As the cat grows, you can gradually introduce other dogs and try out different tick-resistant breeds.

There is also a type of allergy that develops in adult cats that is not necessarily allergic to a particular tick. Rather, it is an allergy to a substance found in certn types of ticks. This can be a problem for cats who spend time outdoors. If your cat spends time outside, it is important to make sure he has been treated for fleas and ticks before the problem can occur.

The other problem is that certn types of tick can carry infections. It is not that hard to remove ticks from the ears of an indoor cat, and even the outdoor cat can be treated for most ticks. If the cat becomes sick, or if you spot a tick that is attached, it should be removed immediately.

**Tick control is a matter of common sense, even though you may not realize it.**

**TIP**

To get started with tick prevention and control, you may want to get a professional-grade product such as Revolution or Advantage and follow their instructions. As a rule, the sooner you treat your cat's environment, the better, but you may need to get started if your cat is showing any signs of an allergy or is being bitten.

_To protect your cat from fleas, use the following tips:_

1. Apply a flea-control product to your cat's body and coat (under the tl, between the toes, and in the ears, for instance) every three to four days.

2. If your cat eats an insect, he may swallow the head and the mouth parts, but the fleas can be picked out easily. When your cat's food is prepared in the kitchen, check his bowl for ticks.

3. You can also give your cat flea drops and baths (some products contn an insecticide to kill the fleas). If your cat is not allergic to insecticide, then get the drops and baths ready and get a flea comb for the cat. Check the comb for ticks or fleas.

4. If you do not see a flea in your cat's stool and you have had the flea-control product in place for three to four weeks, then you can assume that there are no fleas on the premises. However, if you notice fleas on your cat, then treat the cat for fleas or spray the environment where your cat goes. This may mean cleaning the room or treating the bedding, furniture, or the carpet. If the situation is severe, you may need to clean the house.

**A C OAT C HECKING EXERCISE**

Here is a list of items that can be checked before leaving home:

◆ Furniture

◆ Cat's bowls

◆ Cat's toys

◆ Your shoes

◆ Your clothes

◆ Bedding

◆ Pillow

◆ Bed

◆ Pillowcase

◆ Cat toys

◆ Clothing

◆ Shoes

◆ Bedroom

◆ Cat's bed

◆ Bedding

◆ The rug on the floor

◆ Toys

◆ Carpet

◆ Walls

◆ Curtns

◆ Blinds

◆ Flooring

◆ Furnishings

◆ Floor

◆ Pillow

◆ Bedding

◆ Pillowcase

◆ Clothing

◆ Shoes

◆ Pillows

◆ Couch

◆ Bedding

◆ Toys

◆ Floor

◆ Blinds

◆ Curtns

◆ Carpet

◆ Bedding

◆ Pillowcase

◆ Flooring

◆ Furnishings

◆ Floor

◆ Walls

◆ Curtns

◆ Blinds

◆ Bedding

◆ Rugs

◆ Bedding

◆ Carpet

◆ Shoes

◆ Pillows

◆ Floor

◆ Blinds

◆ Curtns

◆ Carpet

◆ Furnishings

◆ Floor

◆ Walls

◆ Curtns

◆ Bedding

◆ Bedding

◆ Bedding

◆ Bedding

◆ Shoes



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