Originally Posted by katiemae1277
Not being facetious here, but I was reading this and thinking "wouldn't declawing significantly damage her skin and possibly cause her to bleed out?
I'm just telling you exactly what the shelter medical staff is considering. I'm not the vet, and personally, I still wouldn't declaw her if she were MY cat with this condition, but that's me. It's actually a large controversey. I don't, however, think there's a problem with the ability of her blood to clot, and I thikn the reason they're afraid of her bleeding out is not because her skin breaks in and of itself, but because housecats aren't normally supervised 24/7...what if she cut herself seriously and bled out while no one is there? I think it would clot normally...if they DO go through with the surgery, I'm sure they will take her to a feline specialist and perform the surgery in such a way as to avoid touching any more skin than necessary. When healthy cats are declawed, they bleed and clot normally. Her skin is just more susceptible to being broken. That leaves her more open to infection than anything and she's on a regular anti-biotic.
Although, I do agree with removing the PROBLEM CLAWS ONLY on cats that have deformed paws. It's not the most pleasant thing in the world, but a lot of these cats are in so much pain and just feel so much better when the claws that are causing the infections/wounds/immobility are gone, and can use the unaffected claws normally.