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Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
It's painful, yes, as any surgery is, but after they heal from the surgery (like any of us) there is no more pain.
MYTH #6: The post-operative period involves tremendous pain
The declawed cat will indeed have sore feet after surgery. The larger the cat, the more the discomfort and reluctance to bear weight. Pain relievers are often prescribed. However, this recovery period should not last longer than a week or so. Healing should be complete by two weeks.
It is not normal for a cat to have chronic pain after declaw surgery.
Originally posted by ixiy
Train them to use a cat scratching pole, buy one or make one yourself.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
The surgeries I had were actually less destructive than cat declawing surgery.
Originally posted by intrepid
Sorry BH I have to disagree. They have those claws for a reason. To declaw them is to disarm them. Take the time to train them, that's what's needed. chissler's right. A squirt bottle works wonders for training cats. Even if they are an indoor cat, they WILL get out. Don't leave them defenseless.
Originally posted by semperfortis
They are strictly inside babies, but for me the issue is my imagination in someone removing my fingernails...
Freaks me out and then when I think about it being done to them, well let's just say I am REALLY soft in my old age....
I just got a squirt bottle, thanks Chissler, and WOW it really scoots them away when you get em' not looking.
I guess in a way, torn furniture is a really small price to pay for the love and attention they give me every day..