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At what age can a kitten be declawed?

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Kitten declawing may be done at any age, but it is best done between 3 and 5 months or before the age of 2. Declawing while undergoing neutering reduces the risk of repeated anesthesia events and makes the surgery safer and less traumatic.

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At what age can a kitten be declawed?
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The front claws are removed by laser surgery performed by a qualified veterinarian. Cats predominantly use their back feet for escape or grooming and some for defense. Following surgery, the owner may line the litter box with shredded newspaper or clean, unpopped corn kernals to avoid sand entering into and contaminating the surgical area. The recovery period is usually within a week, especially in younger cats.


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