Ask the Veterinarian

A Q&A column from veterinarians at Westgate Pet Clinic in Linden Hills. (
Sep 15, 2015

Dear Dr. Hershey,
I have a 12-week-old kitten, and I am trying to decide if I should have her declawed. What is your opinion?
— Marilyn

Dear Marilyn,

The trend in society and veterinary medicine is moving toward not declawing cats. The declawing procedure involves removing the last bone and nail of each of the toes.   

Although many cats seem to recover normally from the procedure, there are other cats that can have life-long discomfort after being declawed.    


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