Removing front claws from my cat

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Vet who will remove front claws from a cat

Postby jeromebell » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:30 am

I am looking for a Vet that will safely remove the front claws of my cat. She is having too much fun scratching the furniture and curtains. Removing the front claws is something very common back home, but I am finding it difficult finding a Vet here in Lima that will perform the procedure. If anyone knows of a Vet please post a reply to this post. Thanks.


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Removing front claws from my cat

Postby jeromebell » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:33 am

I am looking for a Vet that will safely remove the front claws of my cat. She is having too much fun scratching the furniture and curtains. Removing the front claws is something very common back home, but I am finding it difficult finding a Vet here in Lima that will perform the procedure. If anyone knows of a Vet please post a reply to this post. Thanks.
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Re: Removing front claws from my cat

Postby Guiri » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:08 am

Thats a joke, right??
Removing claws from a cat ?? In which twisted society are they doing that?? :evil:
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Re: Vet who will remove front claws from a cat

Postby chi chi » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:21 pm

You can just clip them yourself with a small scissors.

My gf did that with her cats.
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Re: Removing front claws from my cat

Postby alongwayfromgeorgia » Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:13 am

Guiri wrote:Thats a joke, right??
Removing claws from a cat ?? In which twisted society are they doing that?? :evil:



That's a common practice in the U.S.
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Re: Removing front claws from my cat

Postby Guiri » Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:03 pm

alongwayfromgeorgia wrote:
Guiri wrote:Thats a joke, right??
Removing claws from a cat ?? In which twisted society are they doing that?? :evil:



That's a common practice in the U.S.
Well..then I rest my case :roll:
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Re: Removing front claws from my cat

Postby Sergio Bernales » Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:51 pm

Seems a bit extreme. How about mittens?

http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/declaw ... ternatives
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Re: Removing front claws from my cat

Postby panman » Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:57 pm

Sergio Bernales wrote:Seems a bit extreme. How about mittens?


Don't you mean kittens? They probably pull their little claws out as well. :cry:
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Re: Removing front claws from my cat

Postby Rhianon » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:47 am

Maybe you should educate yourself before you decide to do such a procedure. Just because something is legalized in one part of the world doesn't make it humane, how would you like it if someone decided that it was suddenly legal to cut the last knuckle off of your fingers and toes and leave you with stumps? An easy Google search will give you plenty of information about simply teaching your cat what to scratch, like scratching posts or boards. No cats in my family were ever de-clawed, and I turned my sister away from doing so simply by making her search it and see exactly what it is.

An Article I Found:

People often mistakenly believe that declawing their cats is a harmless "quick fix" for unwanted scratching. They don't realize that declawing can make a cat less likely to use the litter box or more likely to bite. Declawing also can cause lasting physical problems for your cat.

Many countries have banned declawing. The Humane Society of the United States opposes declawing except for the rare cases when it is necessary for medical purposes, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors.

People who are worried about being scratched, especially those with immunodeficiencies or bleeding disorders, may be told incorrectly that their health will be protected by declawing their cats. However, infectious disease specialists don't recommend declawing. The risk from scratches for these people is less than those from bites, cat litter, or fleas carried by their cats.

The truth about cats and scratching

Scratching is normal cat behavior. It isn't done to destroy a favorite chair or to get even. Cats scratch to remove the dead husks from their claws, mark territory, and stretch their muscles.

Cats are usually about 8 weeks old when they begin scratching. That's the ideal time to train kittens to use a scratching post and allow nail trims. Pet caregivers should not consider declawing a routine prevention for unwanted scratching. Declawing can actually lead to an entirely different set of behavior problems that may be worse than shredding the couch.

Too often, people think that declawing is a simple surgery that removes a cat's nails—the equivalent of having your fingernails trimmed. Sadly, this is far from the truth.

Declawing traditionally involves the amputation of the last bone of each toe. If performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle.

It is an unnecessary surgery that provides no medical benefit to the cat. Educated pet parents can easily train their cats to use their claws in a manner that allows everyone in the household to live together happily.
How is a cat declawed?

The standard method of declawing is amputating with a scalpel or guillotine clipper. The wounds are closed with stitches or surgical glue, and the feet are bandaged.

Another method is laser surgery, in which a small, intense beam of light cuts through tissue by heating and vaporizing it. However, it's still the amputation of the last toe bone of the cat and carries with it the same long-term risks of lameness and behavioral problems as does declawing with scalpels or clippers.

If performed on a human being, declawing would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle.

A third procedure is the tendonectomy, in which the tendon that controls the claw in each toe is severed. The cat keeps his claws, but can't control them or extend them to scratch. This procedure is associated with a high incidence of abnormally thick claw growth. Therefore, more frequent and challenging nail trims are required to prevent the cat's claws from snagging on people, carpet, furniture, and drapes, or from growing into the cat's paw pads.

Because of complications, a cat who has been given a tendonectomy may require declawing later. Although a tendonectomy is not actually amputation, a 1998 study published in the "Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association" found the incidence of bleeding, lameness, and infection was similar between tendonectomy and declawing.
Some negative effects of declawing

Medical drawbacks to declawing include pain in the paw, infection, tissue necrosis (tissue death), lameness, and back pain. Removing claws changes the way a cat's foot meets the ground and can cause pain similar to wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes. There can also be a regrowth of improperly removed claws, nerve damage, and bone spurs.

For several days after surgery, shredded newspaper is typically used in the litter box to prevent litter from irritating declawed feet. This unfamiliar litter substitute, accompanied by pain when scratching in the box, may lead cats to stop using the litter box. Some cats may become biters because they no longer have their claws for defense.

If you are worried about your cat damaging your home, or want to avoid unwanted scratching, start with these tips:

Keep his claws trimmed to minimize damage to household items.
Provide stable scratching posts and boards around your home. Offer different materials like carpet, sisal, wood, and cardboard, as well as different styles (vertical and horizontal). Use toys and catnip to entice your cat to use the posts and boards.
Ask your veterinarian about soft plastic caps (like Soft Paws®) that are glued to the cat's nails. They need to be replaced about every six weeks.
Attach a special tape (like Sticky Paws®) to furniture to deter your cat from unwanted scratching.



Btw the only de-clawed cat I know of (which a friend of mine adopted from a shelter) was one hell of a biter, I mean what else are they supposed to defend themselves with?
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Re: Removing front claws from my cat

Postby Guiri » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:46 am

Well said , Rhiannon!! People who do that need professional psychological help ! :evil:
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Re: Removing front claws from my cat

Postby TShadow » Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:49 pm

Guiri wrote:Well said , Rhiannon!! People who do that need professional psychological help ! :evil:


Might be wasted time, those people shouldn't be allowed to have cats.

I always had cats and I now adopted a Kitty here which I will take with me to Europe when I have found all the infos about the documentation I need to do so.

I always had and have some wood from trees and carpets in my home and my cats (I learned that after my first cat destroyed half of my furniture) then have learned to scratch their claws on those items and leave the furniture alone. Just a bit of patience and they'll learn it.
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Re: Removing front claws from my cat

Postby chi chi » Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:06 pm

TShadow wrote:
Guiri wrote:Well said , Rhiannon!! People who do that need professional psychological help ! :evil:


Might be wasted time, those people shouldn't be allowed to have cats.



Removing the claws sounds horrible. It's torture. I think people who do that should be punished.

Cats do things that cats do.
Same with dogs. If people don't like that a dog barks then they shouldn't have a dog.

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