Declawing Alternatives

Declawing Alternatives & Counseling at The Cat Clinic and Hospital

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The Cat Clinic and Hospital offers non-surgical options for kittens and cats. 

There are many stages of growth in a feline, and a variety of recommended procedures and types of care to keep them at peak health. Our feline-only veterinarians are focused on all the aspects required to properly care for your cat. 

In the past, declawing has been a common procedure that is not be essential for the well-being of your cat. Know that there are other options available to pet owners. Our veterinarians and staff at The Cat Clinic and Hospital are available to provide guidance for all of your feline’s needs.

What Are Some Declawing Alternatives?

In the past, declawing was a prevalent elective procedure. It is not encouraged by either the Association for Feline Practitioners (AAFP), or the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Declawing is not medically necessary. 

Cat owners may find it a welcome surprise that it is possible for a cat to be trained to scratch more appropriate surfaces. Consider a management option that may redirect scratching. You may also want to schedule frequent nail trims or use nail caps as part of the suggested alternatives.

What Are the Benefits Associated with Other Options?

Pet owners who decide to choose a management program including behavior training can find it a permanent solution for excessive scratching. Kittens and cats are often successfully redirected in their scratching behavior without the need for a surgical solution.  Dr. Robert Bebko, and our highly trained veterinary staff, are available to discuss behavioral and training issues, providing non-surgical alternatives when appropriate.

When to Consider Counseling

Declawing is a permanent surgery for what may be an easily correctable problem. Counseling can be a practical way to learn of the other options which may provide relief from excessive scratching. Our veterinarians at our feline-only practice can answer any questions or concerns that you may have about behavior management, surgical and non-surgical alternatives to undesirable scratching.

Interested in learning more? Feel free to complete the required forms in the comfort of your home or at our well-appointed reception area. Our feline-only practice offers an environment that often reduces the stress of cats who may be coming in for an initial exam, an emergency visit or one of our many other services.

Declawing Options or Counseling 

Every kitten deserves the chance to grow into a healthy, active adult. New pet owners are welcome to learn about the specialized veterinary care and behavioral training that is available at The Cat Clinic and Hospital in Pittsburgh. Understand more about the behaviors common to felines and how training may help with issues like excessive scratching. 

Services at The Cat Clinic and Hospital include:

  • declawing alternatives 
  • examinations
  • vaccinations
  • wellness exams
  • and urgent care

Dr. Robert Bebko and staff care about the health of your cat. Contact The Cat Clinic and Hospital at (412) 681-1122 to schedule an appointment to explore declawing alternatives today.


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