Declawing Cats Age

What Is The Best Age To Declaw A Cat?

If you are wondering what the ideal age to declaw a cat is, you should make sure that you fully understand what you are doing to the animal before you make your decision.  Some people feel that a declawed cat is a better pet because not only do they not scratch up your furniture, there is no risk of them scratching up your legs or your child's face either.  However, it is a painful procedure and it does compromise the cat's natural instincts to climb, scratch and even fully flex their body.

The most important thing to take into consideration when deciding if your furry friend is the right age to declaw a cat is if he will spend anytime outside.  While an indoor cat can do jut fine without claws for the most part, an outdoor cat has to have claws to defend himself from predators, climb and help to keep from falling.

Proper Age

The best age to declaw a cat is while they are young, between four and eight months old.  They should not be overweight and they need to be in good health.  The pain level and risks are significantly increased if you declaw an older cat.  So, while a kitten may bounce back fairly quickly within a day or two, an older cat can experience pain for quite awhile and hold quite a bit of resentment.

Types Of Surgery

Possible Complications

Even if your feline is the right age to declaw a cat, you should also be aware that there can be some pretty severe complications.  Your cat could experience nail bed infection, excessive bleeding, limping, pain and pad injury during surgery.  Some cats even experience sensitivity for several months.

Alternatives To Declawing

 

Other Declawing Facts

Not all cats need to be declawed.  It is not fair to assume that because you have a kitten that it is a procedure that needs to be done.  If you do decide this is the best option, just be sure to monitor your cat's recovery.  While most experience no complications, with any surgery, there always comes risk.

 as he weighs at least five pounds or is a minimum of six months old.