Q&A: i will be bringing home a newly declawed kitten, is there anything i should know or expect?

Question by twentyrosepetals: i will be bringing home a newly declawed kitten, is there anything i should know or expect?
i don’t need to hear about how awful it is to declaw you kitten, ok i already feel bad. i called and canceled my declaw app. twice this month and called again to reschuled. i didn’t want to do it but grooming him was a nightmare, plus sometimes he would actually climb up my leg and even just playing with him was sometimes painful with his tiny little claws. i’ve already done a ton of research about declawing but what i can’t find is after the declaw when i bring him home. is there any experienced cat owners that can tell me what i should know or expect when i bring him home tommorrow?

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Answer by pathfinder
The cat is now defenseless, better keept it indoors

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13 Responses to “Q&A: i will be bringing home a newly declawed kitten, is there anything i should know or expect?”

  1. btomaselli says:

    You should have given your cat a tendon-ectomy. It cuts the tendon that extends and retracts the claw. It leaves the claw intact but they just can’t use it anymore. Only drawback is that the claw keep growing and you have to trim it. The benefits are less recovery time and LESS PAIN for your cat.

  2. bmwdriver11 says:

    He will be lethargic from the knock-out juice. And he will limp around for a couple of days. They ask you to clean his paws after he uses the litter box to try to prevent infection for a couple of days. They get over it pretty quickly though. You’ll get flamed to the end about this by all the anti-declawers, and now so will I, as I dont blame you at all- my cats would have never been adopted, and would thus have been put down by the Humane Society, had I not have been able to have them declawed so that they would not destroy my expensive stuff (made that mistake once previously). Cat must stay inside now, but again, thats OK in my opinion, because studies show that cats that go outside tend to life much more unhealthy and short lives anyway.

  3. Vet Tech says:

    Declawing is pretty painful, so don’t be surprised if your little on is not as active (lethargic) and don’t fret if he holds up his paws one at a time like they are bothering him. He may also hold up a paw or two and shake them around. He will be going home with an antibiotic with pain medication added (usually Clavamox drops with Torb are sent home). You need to finish the medication until prescribed. You also will need to use Yesterday’s News cat litter (for a FULL 14 days!). Regular cat litter has too much clay and will infect his incisions. Which bring me to my next point, check his feet a few times a day. Look for any discharge, swelling, excessive redness and call your vet if you have any concerns. Even on antibiotics, the area can still become pretty irritated and infected.

    I wish you the best of luck! Your vet will go over all the details when you pick him up.

  4. DarkWolf_1st says:

    Wow, didn’t know ppl were so against a declawing of a cat. I had mine front declawed so she wasn’t defenseless. They’re probably gonna be out of it the first day, and then the next couple of days, keep an eye on him/her to make sure they’re not eating away at the bandages. Shouldn’t be any problems as long as it was done properly. Of course, the first day without bandages and I let her outside, funniest damn thing I ever saw when she tried to climb a tree and realized only her hind paws were sticking. Lucky squirrel….

  5. SAM1981 says:

    Don’t feel bad for declawing your cat – If you do it when they are kittens, they are just fine. A couple of tips…
    1 – Cat litter – Don’t use the clay litter, it can get in their wounds. They make this stuff called Yesterday’s News and it is made of recycled newspaper. It won’t get in they wounds but does not help cover the odor as well. Use that for two weeks after the declawing.
    2 – You need to watch your cat and make sure it is not playing very rough or jumping a lot.
    3 – The cat will probably be tending to it’s wounds a lot. Watch for bleeding and removed stitches.

    Cat should be back to normal in about 2 weeks :o )

  6. DRP says:

    Hi. its fine to declaw your kitty. if they are indoors, they do not need them!! I had both of my cats neutered and declawed on the same day. One of them was about 3 yrs old and the other one was really young, like 6 mos… The young one came home, and it was like nothing was even wrong with him! He still wanted to play and everything…it was hilarious. My older one didn’t handle THAT well, but he was fine. Just dind’t want to play or anything. You just have to keep an eye on it and make sure it isn’t licking his paws constantly. I think they will give you pain meds too, so it shouldn’t be too bad. You have to get a certain kind of litter for it to use for a while, but your vet will tell you all of this and maybe even sell the litter. Don’t worry too much about it, my cats don’t even miss them!!

  7. JR says:

    Nothing wrong with declawing

    DO NOT ALLOW THE CAT TO JUMP UP OR DOWN TILL BANDAGES COME OFF!!! It is very common for cats to hurt themselves by ripping stitches.

  8. Charlotte K says:

    I’m not going to comment about your decision, firstly.

    Now your cat is declawed, letting them outside would be a bad idea- they won’t be able to climb or defend themselves from other cats. Keep him inside, cuddle him, feed him his favourite foods and make him feel safe- no cat enjoys a trip to the vets, let alone one which includes a painful procedure, and you need to get his trust back. Make sure his basket, litter box and food are in the usual places, and preferably on a soft surface, as walking will probably be difficult for the first few days.

    If your cat seems in any pain, phone the vets or take him in immediately- complications after declawing are common, and you don’t want to risk your pert’s health any more.

  9. tolleygirl13 says:

    Just Put Paper Sheddings In The Cat Box Not Litter It can Infection Wait About A Week Before You Change Back to Litter. The Litter can get Up in Their Paws And Rip The Stitches Or Infection

  10. Bully Beef says:

    Yes, expect your kitten, to be miserable, What chance as he got? When he goes out to play and hunt, He has no chance of enjoying a full life, if he car’nt scratch, climb tree’s’ hunt, May be you have looked into what you were going to do, and may be this, may be that, but your cat did’nt have the chance to say NO! I don’t want my claw’s taken from me, I think it was cruel, Next time you get your nail’s done, i.e. Manicure. Think of your kitten.

  11. chrisbo says:

    Just watch that he doesn’t bite at his paws. Also make sure he has a nice fluffy bed to lay in because my cats slept for quite a while when they came home. He’ll be fine after a while, just keep an eye to make sure he isn’t holding his paws up or biting at them alot.

  12. Shelly P says:

    Like bringing him home from neutering, he’s likely to be groggy for a little bit, from the anesthetic.. You can proabably request a pain medication for him from the vet, that you can give him the next few days… His feet will be sore for a week or so…

    You need to use shredded paper in the litterbox instead of lilter.. I forget for how long, ask the vet when you pick him up…

    We’ve always had our cats declawed, (don’t want to hear about it.. let’s just say we’ve never known any better, and they recover quickly and are as happy as ever) so I’ve done this several times..

    In additioon to the litter, just try to keep him quiet for a few days (as much as possible) and monitor his healing, make sure it’s going alright

    Sure he’ll be fine.

    I DON’T hold the same “whatever.. no big deal” attitude that I used to hold toward declawing.. but I don’t see it as so horribly aweful as some people do, either.. I’m sure that many, many, many times it’s saved a cats life by enabling the owner to keep it whereas they would have been forced to get rid of it. But.. I next kitten I get, declawing is not necessarily going to be a “given” like it has been in the past, I will be thinking twice, three, four times before doing it, not because of bad experiences, but because I’ve come to realize it’s not necessarily necessary, etc.. etc..

    But from what I’ve seen, a cat declawed has never had any problems.

    oh, by the way, to all those people who are uninformed.. our declawed cats were excellent mousers, and one even (when he snuck outside) WON a fight against a cat that hung around. This stray had his claws, boy parts, and was younger and larger than our declawed, neutered cat. Our cat won the fight (we deduced this all later, didn’t see it) and we never saw that stray around again.

  13. ulcrm says:

    If you did your homework, you cat would have still had it’s claws.
    Your cat could become a biter. There are alternatives to declawing but you obviously didn’t look into it.

    At shelters the volunteers can tell a de-clawed cat. They are usually huddled up in a corner.

    Shame on you!

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