How Much Does It Cost To Declaw A Cat?


Here is a question we keep getting recently - How Much Does It Cost To Declaw A Cat? Well, the answer isn't as simple as you might think and there are several factors to consider.

The most common methods will be discussed as we go through the entire process and what you can expect to spend. It will be hard to get a concrete figure out of a vet until the procedure has been finished. We will give you an idea of everything involved.

Note: This article is for informational purposes only. NolongerWild does not recommend declawing a cat. Declawing a cat should be consulted carefully by a veterinarian. Currently, declawing a cat is considered illegal in some cities in the United States such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Hollywood and Burbank.

Reasons To Declaw A Cat


There are various reasons why pet owners want to declaw a cat

Often pet owners wish to find a way to stop their cats scratching from affecting their home so much. The scratching at furniture and furnishings can be something that some people wish to remedy.

We have even heard of people taking their cat to be declawed after they have scratched visitors and computer hardware so there are a variety of reasons.

How Much Does It Cost To Declaw A Cat? Cost Factors

Of course, to get a closer idea you will need to consult your vet. You could consult a few in close proximity to your area to find out if there is a more competitive price. However, we usually advise you to go with your current vet who your Cat may know and trust a little better.

This being said, every vet is different so their prices will of course vary. The more exclusive the vet, the higher the price will be, usually to reflect the level of expertise.

Before any procedure is undertaken, your vet will usually wish to see your Cat to determine what type of approach is necessary.

This in itself can set you back $50 quite easily so again, it is best to check all costs with your vet beforehand to make sure it fits you right.

How Much Does It Cost To Declaw A Cat? Type of Cat Declawing Procedures

Like we said, there is more than one way of declawing your cat and your vet might recommend one of the following:



Onychectomy (Via slideplayer)

If you are asking How Much Does It Cost To Declaw A Cat and are expecting to go down the most common route, then this is it.

It involves your vet using a guillotine type nail trimmer to remove the first toe joint.

It is fast and often means an anesthetic is used for less time. Prices range from around $100 - $350 depending on your vet.



Declawing a cat laser may have better long-term benefits (Via citythekitt)

This is the more expensive method.

This is because it is more complicated but is thought to have better long-term benefits. The risks of prolonged pain and bleeding are a lot less than the other procedures.

Because it is more expensive, it isn't as popular a choice. This means you should ensure that you vet has carried out Laser Surgery enough times for you to feel comfortable with their level of expertise.

Prices range from $250 - $500 in most cases.



The price of Disarticulation is similar as Laser

A similar approach here to the Onychectomy method in that it severs the bone only a scalpel is used to carry it out.

This is more time consuming of course and the procedure will mean your cat is under anesthetic for longer.

A similar price can be expected to the Onychectomy procedure.

What Other Costs Are There?

The preliminary check up and the procedure itself aren't the only costs to consider. There is also the price of anesthetic.

This will be more costly the older your cat and most vets will consider undertaking such a procedure up to around the age of 5. If you cat is closer to this then it will likely require more anesthetic, which of course costs more.

Overnight Stay


Your cat might be requested to stay overnight upon the advice of your vet

Depending on the time of day the procedure is undertaken, your cat might be requested to stay overnight upon the advice of your vet. This means the overall cost will really start to creep up.

There is, of course, a risk of complications that mean your pet is required to be monitored closely.

Complications are also where painkillers could be necessary. However, these are often included in the procedures price.

How Much Does It Cost To Declaw A Cat? - Conclusion

So, the cost can really vary and there are a lot of factors involved.

The procedure itself isn't even the first cost to pay a lot of the time. One the initial check has been completed, then the procedure, you are more often than not ok to take your pet home.

As a precaution, it is always best to be prepared for the worst and make sure that any added costs can be covered comfortably.

About the Author Cindy Grant

A pet lover from Boston, USA who is extremely passionate about all cute little pets, especially puppies, kittens and birds. I created NolongerWild as a community where all pet lovers around the world can meet and share their passion with each other.

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