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At Trinity Pet Hospital, our Laguna Hills veterinarian offers a wide range of services for your cat's health and wellness. One common question cat owners have for our veterinary team is "what can I do about my cat scratching my furniture?" Unfortunately, cats are born with an inherent instinct to scratch. And often times, this behavior can be destructive to furniture, carpet, and other possessions. The good news is that there are numerous options that can help to resolve this problem in your home.
Cat declawing is a procedure offered at Trinity Pet Hospital that involves the amputation of the joints containing your cat's claws. Unfortunately, this can be a rather painful procedure for any cat, which is why we always carefully monitor cats after a declawing procedure and ensure that they are administered pain medication to help them remain as comfortable as possible during the healing process.
Still, we generally do not recommend cat declawing unless all other options to correct your cat's unwanted clawing behaviors have been exhausted. For example, if you haven't done so already, be sure that you place several scratching posts of varying styles throughout your home, especially near furniture that your cat tends to scratch. Often times, this can help to deter your cat from scratching your belongings and allow them to focus their natural scratching behavior through a better outlet.
Trimming your cat's claws frequently, as well as trying claw caps, is also recommended. Claw caps are small, plastic caps that can be placed over your cat's claws to prevent damaging scratching behavior while keeping the claw itself intact.
If you've exhausted your options and are wanting to find out more about cat declawing, we highly recommend that you schedule a consultation with our veterinarian so we can make sure you fully understand the procedure and what is involved. When a cat is declawed, the last part of its toe is completely amputated, and the existing skin must be stretched over the area of exposed bone left behind. Think of it as having your own fingertips amputated. Should you choose to have this procedure done, our veterinary team will do everything possible to help your cat remain comfortable.
To find out more about our declawing services or to schedule an appointment with our Laguna Hills animal hospital, simply give us a call at 949-768-1314. Our team at Trinity Pet Hospital looks forward to serving you and your cat, as well as answering any questions you may have about our services!