After operative declaw care, our pet doctors will discharge your cat with a liquid narcotic pain reliever. Each needleless syringe has the correct premeasured dose, letting you conveniently administer the pain reliever as directed. You can give your cat the liquid directly by mouth with the syringe or you may try to hide the medication in soft food or in a treat. Be aware that narcotics may cause drowsiness and lethargy, which can affect your cat’s behavior. If your cat becomes too sedate or exhibits abnormal behavior, please call us.
To prevent infection in the feet, the doctor also gave your cat a 14-day antibiotic injection the day of surgery. Please leave your cat’s litter box as is. The declaw incisions have been sealed with a medical-grade tissue glue. This is to prevent cat litter from entering the incision. Therefore, it is not necessary to substitute shredded newspaper for cat litter in the litter box. Continue to use your same type of litter.
Your cat may experience tender-footedness for up to 3 weeks following a declaw procedure. Your cat may walk more gingerly or hold a foot up while sitting. After your cat resumes jumping, you many notice a transient increase in foot sensitivity. Your cat should not, however, move with a limp. If your cat develops a limp or you notice any bleeding, please call us. As the declaw incisions heal, you may find pieces of glue that sloughed off during healing. This is normal.
Please note that your cat’s age will impact the speed of his or her recovery. The younger the cat, the faster the recovery. Should you have any concerns following your cat’s declaw procedure, please reach out to us for answers. We are pleased to help.