More and more cat owners choose to declaw their pet. The procedure is actually a surgical intervention through which part of the bone attached to the nail, together with a portion of tendon and a portion of ligament are removed. It might sound too harsh but a declawed cat cannot scratch the furniture anymore or the people in the house. We know that scratching is a big problem for cat owners and one of the main reasons why we have so few adoptions for cats. Having the cat declawed comes to solve the problem but as the owner of such a pet, you have to learn how to properly care for the little one. The procedure can be painful for the cat and if you want to avoid side effects, then you need to be careful about a few things. Here’s a list of things to know about how to properly care for a declawed cat.
1. If the cat is newly declawed, give it some pain medication. The procedure can be quite painful and I am sure that you want the little soul to feel comfortable, right?
2. Keep the cat in a small space for 7 to 10 days. A confined space, such as a small room or the bathroom will prevent the cat from getting in contact with other pets which might lick or groom her painful paws. I know that it sounds a bit extreme but it isn’t.
3. Keep the cat indoors. If your cat is an indoor/outdoor cat, keep her inside for the moment. She needs her claws outside and since the paws are a bit painful, she won’t be able to defend herself.
4. Keep the paws clean. Any veterinarian will tell you that it is best to keep the paws clean in order to prevent infections.
5. Make sure that you buy a comfortable litter. There are plenty of companies selling soft litter for declawed cats, so this should not be a problem. When the cat is recently declawed, it will be uncomfortable for it to step in normal litter. It can also be painful, depending on how recent the procedure has been completed. A lot of cat owners have come across a quite unusual problem after declawing the little ones: their cats defecated and urinated outside the litter box. This problem appears as result of the fact that they have stepped in the litter box, noticed that it is uncomfortable and they don’t want to step into litter that feels uncomfortable.
A good litter for recently declawed cats is a litter with a fine texture and that has a high level of softness. Also, make sure that it is dust free, as the dust is dangerous; it can easily enter the wound and cause an infection, so avoid that by opting for a dust free product. You don’t have to use this new type of litter from the moment the cat is declawed on as it is quite expensive; you can simply use it until the wounds close.