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Big Changes to our schedule are taking place!  Dr. Odama has taken on a new position and will only be working part time on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  With this, we would like to welcome Dr. Kellie Lam to our staff, who will be working Monday through Thursday.  Due to the changes in scheduling, we will unfortunately not longer be open seven days a week.  We will now be closed every Sunday until further notice.  Thank you for your continued support and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

As of 09/06/2016 We have passed our AAHA Accreditation evaluation and continue to be an AAHA Accredited practice since 2011.

We are now a three doctor practice, with Dr. David Beltran, Dr. Robert Odama, and Dr. Kellie Lam

Declawing Alternatives for Cats

declawing alternatives

What are Nail Caps?

Plastic nail caps are one alternative to cat declawing. The caps come in various sizes and are shaped like a cat’s natural nail. Using pet-safe adhesive, the nail caps are glued to a cat’s trimmed nails one at a time.

While cats may take time to adjust to the use of nail caps, even pulling them off, they will most often become used to the nail covers over time. Should a cat swallow a nail cap, it will pass naturally.

Cat declawing is possibly one of the most controversial of all animal surgeries. Cats scratch to mark territory and to keep their claws in top condition, but the scratching behavior can challenge the bond between a cat and his owner. Felines, especially young cats, often play rough and scratch their owners or other animals. Scratching behavior also ruins furniture, flooring, draperies, and clothes in many cases.

While declawing is a permanent solution to these problems, it is a surgical procedure requiring anesthesia and removal of the end of the digit, including the nail with the attached bone. National veterinary medical associations state that an owner should consider declawing a cat only after exhausting all other solutions to the scratching behavior, or when scratching increases the risk for spreading infectious disease between the cat and people in the house.

Non-surgical alternatives to declawing include:

  • Providing appealing scratching posts
  • Regular claw care including trimming every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Plastic nail caps

A cat owner can purchase commercially made scratching posts or make one at home. Scratching posts use cardboard boxes, lumber, logs, or carpet scraps attached to a sturdy object. Cats like the backing of the carpet best, so put the pretty, soft side on the inside. Any scratching posts should be securely anchored, and the scratching post should be taller than the cat so she can really stretch out when she scratches. Cat owners should use positive reinforcement to encourage the cat to use scratching posts instead of furniture.

Temporary synthetic nail caps are also an effective alternative to declawing. There are a variety of synthetic nail caps on the market. These colorful caps cover the cat’s natural nail, protecting skin and furniture when she makes scratching motions. Nail caps will grow off, requiring replacement every four to six weeks. Your groomer or veterinary office can apply the first set of nail caps, but it is also possible to apply them at home.

There are surgical alternatives to conventional declawing but these methods also involve removal of tissue from a cat’s toes. These alternatives include laser declawing and tendonectomy. Laser declawing uses laser energy instead of a scalpel or guillotine blade. Tendonectomy removes the tendon that allows cats to control the claw but leaves the claw intact.

Many cats’ scratching problems can be resolved with non-surgical solutions before declawing must be considered. Non-surgical methods carry a very low risk, if any, for complications. Contact your veterinarian for more information about declawing and non-surgical alternatives.

Sources:

"Declawing of Domestic Cats." Declawing of Domestic Cats. American Veterinary Medical Association. Web.

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