Cat declaw cost

Cost To Declaw a Cat

Last Updated on September 12, 2023 | Written by CPA Alec Pow
First Published on March 23, 2015 | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popivker

If you want to avoid replacing a lot of curtains and furniture pieces, then you must know how much will it cost you to declaw your cat. Before making this step be sure to understand that this is a painful process and that it is done usually out of medical reasons and not just because of your commodity.

A few key factors will give the final price. One of the most important is if you intend to declaw all four paws or just the two front ones.

It will cost you around $80 to $250 for a two-paw declaw, while a four-paw declaw will set you back around $100 to $350.

The type of technique or procedure you want to use is another factor that can influence the final price.

Usually, traditional cat declawing will cost a lot less than cosmetic procedures. You can use one of the three most used and known procedures to declaw your cat, these being:

  1. Onychectomy: A clipper will be used for this technique in the same way as a guillotine, to cut the claws.

It contains the nail bed after severing the whole first toe joint. It is one of the most used techniques for declawing, because of its fast results. Prepare to pay around $80 to $300 for this procedure.

  1. Disarticulation: It’s very similar to onychectomy, with the only difference being that it uses a scalpel instead of the guillotine-like clipper.

This technique will be a little riskier and will take longer and at the same time, it will be pricier than the onychectomy and will cost anywhere from $100 to $320.

  1. Laser techniques: If you want a faster recovery process and a lower level of bleeding, then the surgery by use of a laser will be what you need to use. It is a lot quicker and has fewer risks than all of the other techniques.

Expect to pay the most for this technique, as opposed to all the others, because the price will be anywhere from $200 to as much as $450 and more.Cat declaw cost

If you have a lighter and younger cat, then you will pay less, because the weight and age of your pet are also factors that will influence the price. To get closer to the final price, don’t forget other costs that should be taken into account, like anesthesia, antibiotics, and overnight stays at a clinic.

Reasons for Declawing

There are at least two medical reasons why you should always declaw your pet, one of them being when the pet develops a tumor in its paw. If this happens, you should always consider getting the pet declawed, because ignoring this situation could prove to be fatal.

Another reason to declaw your pet is if the claw is damaged beyond repair because leaving it like this could hurt badly. It will also put people with weak immune systems like children and senior citizens in danger, due to the fact that a damaged claw could hold a lot of bacteria.

Also declaw your cat if it is prone to causing injury or scratching, especially when children are around.

There are also a few very common social reasons for declawing your cat, apart from the obvious safety and medical reasons.

The most known reason people use to get their pets through this procedure is to protect household property like furniture. Another very common reason for people to declaw their cats is if they want to avoid getting scratched.

Other people take their pets through this procedure because their vet recommended it or because they have always done it with all their pets. Whatever reason works for you, remember that your pet will have to go through a little pain and it isn’t a very enjoyable sensation.

Arguments against Declawing Cats

Ethical reasons are usually above the cost-related ones when it comes to pet declawing.

This procedure is seen by a lot of people as cruelty against animals. People feel this way because, during a declawing procedure, the bone where the claw grows from is also removed.

In the end, the decision is up to you, but remember that you shouldn’t put your pet through any pain if not necessary.

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