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How do I take care of a cat after declawing?

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After declawing a cat, it is important to ease her pain using pain medication, keep her nourished by offering small amounts of food and water, and remove her bandages the morning following the surgery, according the Spay Neuter Clinic. Use only Yesterday's News litter to fill the litter box for at least two weeks to prevent an infection caused from scratching in conventional litter or dirt.

It is important to offer the cat food and water so that she regains her strength; however, it is normal for a cat to not have a strong appetite for 24 to 48 hours after declawing, so do not be worried if she avoids food for this amount of time, notes the Spay Neuter Clinic. The cat may appear to be weak and lethargic after surgery and this is normal; do not give additional pain medication or any other over-the-counter pain medication to ease pain. The morning after surgery, take off the cat's outer bandages, removing them like a sock, and check the exposed toes daily for signs of swelling or draining. Ensure that the cat's paws stay dry, and if she develops a limp more than three days after the surgery, call the veterinarian to schedule an appointment. Recovery times vary, but most cats heal within two to six weeks of surgery.

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