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  Typical costs:
  • Declawing a cat using one of the two common conventional methods usually costs between $100 and $250, depending on the veterinarian and which procedure is used. The "Rescoe clipper" method is more common and usually falls at the lower end of the cost range because it is a simpler procedure and takes less time. The "Disarticulation" method, which is more involved, usually falls at the upper end of the range.
  • Declawing a cat using the laser method usually costs between $250 and $450, depending on the veterinarian.
  • Declawing a cat can be a controversial procedure, and some veterinarians do not offer the service. Other veterinarians offer it reluctantly, believing it should be a last resort. If you know you want to declaw your cat, ask about the veterinarian's stance on the procedure.
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What should be included:
  • In the "Resco Clipper" method, the veterinarian uses a sterile clipper to cut off the tips of the bones in the toes, from which the claws grow. Then, the incision is closed with stitches or glue. This method usually has the fastest surgery time, but there is a slight risk the claw will re-grow, which can cause infection and require more surgery.
  • In the "Disarticulation" method, the veterinarian entirely removes the bones from which the claws grow, by disconnecting each of the ligaments attached to those bones. This method is more complex, and alters the cat's feet more, but eliminates the risk of re-growth.
  • In laser declawing, the veterinarian uses a laser, instead of a scalpel, to entirely remove the bones from which the claws grow. With this method, there is almost no bleeding and less pain.
  • VeterinaryPartner.com[1] offers a description of the three types of declawing procedures, as well as alternatives to declawing.
  • The cost of declawing includes anesthesia, pain medications, antibiotics, a two-day hospital stay and a post-surgical examination.
Additional costs:
  • A pre-surgery blood test, to check liver and kidney function, is recommended for all cats and often required for older cats. It costs about $40 to $50 extra.
  • For a few days following the surgery, most veterinarians recommend that the cat wear a patch that releases pain medication. It costs about $40 extra.
Shopping for cat declawing:
  • To find a good veterinarian, ask fellow cat owners, breeders or humane associations. Or, check the American Veterinary Medical Association[2] to find your state's veterinary medical association for a referral.
  • Ask the veterinarian how long he or she has been practicing, and how much continuing education he or she receives each year. Then, visit the clinic to look at cleanliness and attitude and ask about policies and prices.VeterinaryPartner.com offers a guide on how to find a veterinarian[3] and a list of questions to ask[4] .
  • Ask which type of declawing procedure the veterinarian uses. If the veterinarian uses a laser -- which requires a certain level of skill and experience -- ask how long he or she has been using it and how many laser declaws he or she has performed. Also, ask to talk to the owner of a cat the veterinarian has declawed.
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Cat declawing just front know anywhere that isn\'t outrageously priced??
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Livey in Sinking Spring, PA.Posted: June 27th, 2017 09:06PM
Breed: Type of Procedure: Declaw
Need to have my 2 yr old cat declawed. Unfortunately where I live they are now making it mandatory. My vet I currently use wants over $450. I really can't afford that. I'm currently dealing with medical issues myself and getting chemo etc. But I don't wanna lose my cat he's my sons best buddy and he has helped him so much with me being sick. I live in Sinking spring PA. Any ideas I would greatly appreciate it so so much. I've been making so many calls and getting nowhere. Thank u
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Declawing
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Posted by: Golden Angel in Holt, MI.Posted: April 12th, 2017 06:04AM
Breed: Gold TabbyType of Procedure: Declawing
My 6 yr old Tabby uses his paws to eat believe it or not. Does the same with his water. He's very loving & kind. How ever landlady said " Declaw or else" well I afford have fur baby declawed. I've him 8wks as I said he's on 7yrs now. What I do? I also can't afford move this time. He also ESA. Need help to have this done. : (
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Cat declawing
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Cat declaw prices and places in Greenville, NC.Posted: February 21st, 2017 06:02PM
Breed: CatType of Procedure: Declawing
The less expensive place?
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cat declawing
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Good Kitty Mother in Norton, MA.Posted: December 19th, 2016 09:12AM
Breed: shorthair mixedType of Procedure: not laser method
I had my two girls declawed when I had them spayed about 20 years ago. I don't remember the cost but whatever I spent, it was well worth it! I rented at the time and my landlady told me that they had to be declawed or out they went! The procedure was done and they recovered pretty quickly with no ill effects afterward. They both lived long, healthy, happy lives and were indoor kitties always. I just adopted two feral kitties (both under a year old) recently and when I asked my (same) vet about declawing, she said "they" are trying to move away from that practice. I adopted these kitties on the assumption that I would have them declawed. Several years ago I had breast cancer which included lymph node removal. As a results, I must be very careful to avoid injuries, scratches and infections. Let's get real, here! I think it would be more cruel to give these kitties away and have them end up ?? than to have them declawed. This area is overflowing with feral cats, as it is!
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Cat Declawing
Amount: $85.00
Posted by: Oh for Pete's Sake in Sioux Center, IA.Posted: November 8th, 2016 02:11PM
Breed: MuttType of Procedure: Declaw
We took in a stray many years ago. We had her declawed right away. She brought much joy to our home and we never had one lick of trouble with her. She was a very happy cat. Well adjusted. Great personality. No health problems whatsoever. She climbed trees and caught birds and mice with no trouble. I'd declaw again in a heartbeat. I don't understand how people say spaying and neutering is a good thing for the animals. It has to hurt just as much if not more than declawing and it's done for the benefit of humans - not the animals. It's become insane how off-base some folks have become about animals and what they THINK is good for them....
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Declawing
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: ACK in St. Louis, MO.Posted: September 8th, 2015 11:09AM
Breed: Tuxedo & TabbyType of Procedure: All four declaw
I have read all the comments posted up till this date, and what I hear is a lot of cat owners who truly love their cats. I am also a cat lover/owner, and have been for the past 18 years. I have had several types of cats, both male and female. The two grown cats I have now are 8 and 14 years old. They are both totally declawed. I would not have done it any differently. They both did awesome with the procedure, each perfomed by a different Dr. They recovered in their youth, at the time of the procedure, which was before age 1. They did not have a personality change afterwards, which is uncommon anyway. They have remained healthy all these years, as I have never let them outside to wander. To all of you who say that these loving cat owners are cruel to chose declaw, I say to each his own. Do not judge others, as I have not judged you for choices of abortion, circumscision, etc to humans. You should do what you feel is best for your situation, but if you are going to keep your cat outside, remember they need to be able to defend themselves, and also their lifespan will most likely be only be 2-4 years. Hope this helps!
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Looking for a place near DC/Baltimore
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: shannonmegan85 in DC, MD.Posted: September 1st, 2015 10:09PM
Breed: Tabby -orange and whiteType of Procedure: Declaw
anyone know a place that's a reasonable price for declawing in the DC/Baltimore? having a lot of trouble trying to find somewhere.
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Looking for a place near DC/Baltimore
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: shannonmegan85 in Riverdale Park, MD.Posted: August 27th, 2015 12:08PM
Breed: Tabby -orange and whiteType of Procedure: Declaw
Hi! I'm really needing some help. I have a 3yo male cat. Although I really don't want to declaw him, he's hit a breaking point with his claws and rough housing. The last straw was him tearing fur and drawing blood from my other cat (5yo) and my roommate's cats. He's a really really sweet cat and just wants to play but I can't have him terrorizing the other cats.
Every place I have called around range from $400-$800 just for the front 2 paws! As a student I just cant afford that but I also could never just give him to a shelter. Does anyone know any places that aren't so expensive even if its in another state close by I'm willing to drive. I greatly appreciate the help of this thread and hope to hear back from someone.
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attacking kitty, what to do?
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Kitty Lover in Philadelphia, PA.Posted: July 15th, 2015 05:07AM
I got a new kitty about a month ago, who was about 7 weeks old. He has become more and more aggressive, attacking me all day long, both biting and scratching. He also always uses his claws when he jumps up on furniture or me (The feeling of claws digging into my skin? Not the best feeling ever). Of course I have tried scratching posts and what not, but the main problem is when he jumps up on me. I don't know what to do. I have scratches all over my legs (so much for going to the beach!...Not just an excuse for not getting into bathing suit shape!)
While I agree that people should not declaw if there are other options that will work, I don't think declawing is wrong if it is your last resort when kitty is hurting people. Hmmm, let's think about this....Which is worse, your cat being declawed, or your FLESH AND BLOOD CHILD being mauled and scared up by the cat? I am sorry, but the choice seems clear. Yeah, also better for the cat than being sent to a shelter only to be put down.
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my frist declawed cat
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: David H in tampa, FL.Posted: June 11th, 2015 08:06AM
Breed: mixedType of Procedure: declawing front only
my first cat was dew-clawed as adult and that was harsh for her due to her weight on those feet and the old style no laser the result was a much more affectionate and happy cat as I was not constantly spay with water when she was scratching my new furniture(3rd set) my next cat i dewclaw as a kitten and she dealt with it much better and no change in behavior my moms new kitty had the laser DE-clawing and the cat was walking and jumping around on day 2 like nothing happened so while it expensive it worth for the cat
so while some people think it cruel I personally believe it in there best interest for an indoor cat
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Declawing
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: MissMissy in Cleveland, OH.Posted: May 28th, 2015 06:05AM
Breed: DomesticType of Procedure: Declaw
We found my cat 16 years ago, wounded on the side of the road. His eyes were barely open. When he was old enough, he was neutered and declawed. (Young) And he adjusted just fine. He's STILL the happiest most active kitty and a big portion of his life was spent inside/outside until 3 years ago when he became just inside due to my mother moving to a place that was no longer in the country. When he was outside, he would bring her MANY 'gifts' once even a full grown ground hog. (We're not proud of that) He was able to defend himself perfectly find with no claws and he's a lover. Sweetest kitty, ever and not going anywhere anytime soon. Still jumps onto and off of counters, tables wherever.
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Declawing
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: Ragdoll mom in Bentonville, AR.Posted: May 13th, 2015 06:05AM
Breed: RagdollsType of Procedure: Front declaw
I had a Persian mix rescue kitten declawed who lived to age 19 with no issues after I had her declawed. I now have two Ragdoll brothers who I adore but have destroyed over 2K of furniture (yes, they have posts etc). I have decided to have them declawed as well, although it was not my first choice. Their big boys, 15lbs and growing and have the potential to do a lot of damage. They are sweet and lovable, not aggressive, but just love to claw everything! They are now clawing the screen doors and climbing them, and with their weight could tear the screen allowing them to get out of the house. This is a risk I won't allow. Our local Cat Clinic did my other cats delawing with excellent recovery. They now offer laser only surgery with 2 night stay and pain meds for $125. I hope this will make our lives all easier and safer.
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Front and back
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: a user in Buffalo, NY.Posted: May 4th, 2015 08:05PM
Breed: CalicoType of Procedure: Declaw
I have two calico cats who are sisters. Both had ALL paws declawed, front and back. They are 13 years old now and healthy and HAPPY and LOVE life and people. They love jumping, running, and sleeping. They also still go around and "scratch" everything! But thank god for no claws! Just educate yourself people.
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4 paw declaw for $195!!! (4/2015)
Amount: $210.00
Posted by: Starenska in Madison Heights, VA.Posted: April 7th, 2015 12:04PM
Breed: Egyptian muau tabby mixType of Procedure: 4 paw declaw
They have effectively saved my cat's life! She's too old to be adopted... My cat is Jekyll and Hyde. I am skilled with rehabbing problem kitties. Mine takes the cake... Save your kitty too!
Monelison Animal Clinic
143 Highview Dr
Madison Heights, VA 24572
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declaw cat
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: DebbieK in Houston, TX.Posted: March 10th, 2015 10:03AM
Breed: tabbyType of Procedure: declaw
Where can I get my cat declawed for under $100?
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Affordable spay/declaw
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Dlilbru in Garden city, MI.Posted: October 15th, 2014 09:10AM
Breed: CatType of Procedure: Spay/declaw
Need affordable spay/declaw in michigan single mom with 2 little ones and very low budget
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Declawing
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: AGracious in Tucson, AZ.Posted: September 18th, 2014 08:09PM
Breed: Calico and torti tabbyType of Procedure: Spay and declawing
All of our cats have been altered with sterilization. The latest cost $160. What I didn't know until too late was the adverse long-term effects ( endocrine complications) of sterilization. I wish I had known because I admittedly took the party line. I will likely not sterilize in the future. I am not sure of my current declawed kitty's former owners reasoning for declawing and we have been able to encourage appropriate behaviors in our unaltered kitties in the past. I think sometimes declawing is justified. I also understand the concerns about declawing. My kitty still "claws" posts and stretches and I am unaware of behavior changes. There is a fine line between vehement feelings for or against declawing and fact. Remember that popularity of intact claws in other countries and banning of declawing procedures is not really a convincing fact. I don't usually buy popularity fluff. Educate yourself, make decisions you can live with.
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declawing
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: M.H. in Greensboro, NC.Posted: June 19th, 2014 12:06PM
Breed: calicoType of Procedure:
I had to have my Calico kittie declawed at 7 yrs old due to she was scratching everything but the scratching posts I had. She did fine..this was in 1994..so she was cut..no laser..she lived to be 18 years old with no behavior problems.
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I'm getting this done. Period.
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Kathy Rutan in Fort wayne, IN.Posted: May 24th, 2014 10:05AM
Breed: DomesticType of Procedure: Declawing
I see the point of some of the individuals who say that this hurts. I would also like to point out that having their balls whacked off or their uterus removed is also a painful necessary procedure that I don't see anyone advocating against. It's also done for the benefits of human. We don't want millions of cats running around without a home which is the reason for the spay/neuter push. As for my fury baby, Magellan, he's overly spunky and has taken to attacking my daughter because he wants dominance over her. This must be stopped as her teachers are asking her if she's cutting herself at school! It is not because she plays with him because he randomly stands in a crouched position and launches himself at her when she least expects it. This is not out of cruelty, I had to handfed the little fireball when I rescued him at 4 weeks old. I love the little mongrel and want to keep from having to get rid of him. End of story. Now I have to find a vet that will do this within my budget.
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cat declawing
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: jersey_JOE in Hoboken, NJ.Posted: March 26th, 2014 03:03AM
Breed: grey/black tabbyType of Procedure: declawing
My last 2 cats were declared "&" healthy, "extremely" friendly, GREAT TEMPERMENT/DISPOSITION!!
(personality of a DOG.
They would come meet you at the door, when u come home. :-))
One I had for 19 YEARS.
The other for 14 yrs.
(He developed cancer.) :-(
**The point is they BOTH like long healthy HAPPY lives
with NO ILL EFFECTS
from declawing.
...
PS: with the advent of LASER USAGE in declawing procedure,
the cost is now much higher
BUT
its much safer now
shorter recovery time
& less chance of any complications.
((As with ANY surgery
there's a chance of complications.))
...
M paying $650 for laser declawing my new pet.
((EXPENSIVE but cheaper than *$775-$1,150* which is what a Hoboken, NJ vet qUOTED me!!))
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HAPPY, LONG LIVED, DECLAWED KITTY
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: QTP2TY in NORWALK, CA.Posted: March 12th, 2014 09:03AM
Breed: ORANGE LONGHAIRED TABBYType of Procedure: FONT PAWS DECLAWED/NEUTERED
I ADOPTED MY "SPRITE" FROM A FRIENDS BACKYARD IN THE O.C. MOMMA WAS A WILD CAT, THAT HAD HAD MULTIPLE LITTERS. CHOSE MY KITTY, WHEN I SAW HOW BEAUTIFUL HE WAS - SO BRIGHT, SO ORANGE. HE ALWAYS LAGGED BEHIND HIS LITTER MATES. MOMMA HAD TO MAKE HIM FOLLOW. BROUGHT HIM HOME AT ABOUT 6 WKS OLD. HAD TO WAKE HIM, SO HE COULD EAT. TOOK HIM TO HIS 1ST VET VISIT, WHICH HE SLEPT THROUGH, ON HIS 2ND DAY W/US. TURNED OUT, HE WAS TOTALLY DEAF! VET SAID, PROBABLY DUE TO INBREEDING. FOR THAT REASON, DECIDED TO DECLAW. WENT THRU SURGERY WITH NO PROBLEMS. DID BLEED AFTER, BUT WITH CAREFUL CLEANING/BANDADGING, HE HEALED W/NO PROBLEMS. THOUGHT HE WOULD BE INDOORS ONLY, BUT WITH WATCHFUL EYES ON HIM, HE ENJOYED HIS JAUNTS IN THE BACKYARD. LOVED STRETCHING OUT IN THE SUN FOR A LONG NAP. HE WAS A HAPPY, HEALTHY 15 POUNDS. MY "SPRITE" LIVED TO BE 14. HE LIVED WITH OUR 2 DOGS VERY HAPPILY. HAD TO PUT HIM DOWN WITH GREAT SADNESS, BECAUSE OF LUNG CANCER.
HE IS MISSED!
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Need a cat declawed for about $100 in Georgia on 400 north Highway
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Carolyn Smith in Alpharetta, GA.Posted: March 6th, 2014 02:03PM
Breed: MoggieType of Procedure: Declaw
Georgie attacks his owners legs and she is elderly with diabetes. Quotes for local vets for declawing are too high. Does anyone know of an inexpensive vet who would be willing to declaw for around $100-$150? Or Georgie will be back in the humane Society home soon! Shame because she loves his company.
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