Brandywine Hospital for Pets

1384 Brandywine Blvd
Zanesville, OH 43701


What is declawing?
Declawing is the amputation of the third phalanx. It is an elective procedure that is highly controversial.

It is important that owners understand that scratching is a normal feline behavior. Scratching can be directed to areas that are appropriate for such behaviors.

Is declawing painful?
Regardless of the method used, declawing causes a significant level of pain.

In addition to inflammatory pain, the cat may develop long-term neuropathic or central pain.

Are there risks associated with declawing?
There are inherent risks and complications with this procedure that increase with age.

These risks include, but not limited to, the following:

  • acute pain
  • hemorrhage
  • swelling
  • infection
  • nerve trauma
  • lameness
  • chronic draining tracts
  •  retained P3 material leading to claw regrowth
  • development of palmigrade stance
  • behavioral problems

What are the alternates to declawing?

declawing infographic

Courtesy Of The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)