Your Complete Guide to Therapy Cats

Although the term 'therapy cats' might sound like the name of some contemporary jazz band, in fact, it describes a group of animals that can have the same positive effects on humans that music can, and so much more besides.

In this article, we are going to define what a therapy cat is, the ways in which therapy cats can help humans, and what it takes for a cat to be regarded as suitable to be a therapy cat.

Definition of a Therapy Cat

close up outdoor photo of the cat on lap stroke with hand and fingers

The definition of a therapy cat is a cat which has been deemed suitable to interact with humans in such a way that it provides medical benefits. These aren't benefits in relation to medical insurance but clinical benefits such as reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and helping other emotional issues.

With its loving nature, any cat could be deemed to be providing therapy from time to time for its owner. Anyone who has owned and felt the love and affection their cat has for them will know how relaxing and therapeutic that can be.

As good as that might be, to be regarded as a therapy cat for the purposes of treating patients, or simply providing therapeutic benefits to other individuals, a cat should in some way have been trained or certified as such. The problem here is there are no nationally recognized nor legally based criteria for this.

There is also some confusion whereby therapy cats are sometimes thought of as the same as service animals. They are not, and as it stands, a cat cannot be a service animal. Only a dog, and in special cases, a horse, can be one.

For clarification, service animals are primarily trained to help those with physical disabilities such as blindness, deafness, or confinement to a wheelchair. The most common example of a service animal is a guide dog.

Below is some facts about emotional support cats or therapy cats:

Know that there are some requirements you should meet and be able to comply having a therapy cat at home.

What Conditions Can Benefit from Therapy Cats

The list of conditions that therapy cats can bring some relief to, isn’t endless but it is comprehensive. They tend to be those which could be described as emotional or behavioral but as these conditions are relieved, there are many physical benefits which can accrue too.

One thing which therapy cat treatment does not seem to have a limit on is the age of the beneficiary, and that applies at either end of the age scale.  They are used to provide therapy for young children all the way through to the elderly and every age group in between.

Here are the most common ailments and conditions that therapy cats are used to alleviate.

Stress/anxiety/high blood pressure

The mere act of holding a calm and relaxed cat in your arms or on your lap can lower stress and anxiety levels to the point where you are as relaxed as the cat is. If the cat purrs while being held, many people say it magnifies the state of calmness.

The longer you can enjoy these soothing moments the more likely it is that your blood pressure could fall too, and the additional benefit of low blood pressure is a healthier cardiovascular system, which includes your heart.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

This is a condition which can be genetic and is very prevalent amongst children, although it can be something which afflicts adults too. ADHD manifests itself in many ways but the most common are hyperactivity, impulsive or rash behavior and inattentiveness.

Therapy cats help with ADHD in several ways.

  • Their affection is unconditional and unlimited
  • The child receives attention without having to demand it
  • The child can talk to it which is therapeutic in itself
  • They can reduce stress and anxiety
  • They distract the child in a pleasant way
  • Autism

    Autism is often misunderstood by those who have no connection with it, and to be fair even scientists are not 100% sure of all its causes. Defined simply, it is a chronic condition affecting social interaction, behaviors and communication. It is normally first diagnosed in young children, there is no cure, and treatment is done in conjunction with therapists and behaviorists.

    The evidence that therapy cats can help in that treatment is extensive. As symptoms and behaviors will vary from child to child a therapy cat can have a positive effect on their emotional development, social skills, communication skills, and their confidence.

    Geriatrics

    Geriatrics is a rather unpleasant sounding word, which covers those ailments which afflict the elderly such as dementia, Alzheimer's and chronic arthritis to name but three. While a therapy cat can't reverse any of these chronic ailments, what they can do is give the elderly person suffering from them, some comfort, companionship and affection.

    These three simple things can often be enough to give the cat's owner other benefits which can help limit their symptoms and improve their general health.

    Which Cat Breeds are Suitable to Become Therapy Cats?

    There are no hard and fast rules about whether a certain breed of cat can or cannot become a therapy cat, but there are some that are more likely to.

    Tabbies

    Although tabby is not a cat breed in its own right, there are a couple of tabby breeds which have proven to be good therapy cats. The American Shorthair is one of them, and they are particularly effective because of their good nature when in the company of children. Another is the Abyssinian tabby, whose intelligence and outgoing nature make them ideal companions.

    Persian cats

    Persian cats are wrongly considered to be very aloof cats, but the opposite is true. They give back as much love and affection as they receive.

    Sphynx cats

    Being hairless, Sphynx cats may not look to be the cuddliest cats around, but what they lack in hair, they more than make up for in loyalty and love.

    Ragdolls

    Ragdolls are as cute and cuddly as their soft furry appearance would have you believe, and they make great therapy cats. They are comfortable around children, have a calm nature, and as companions, they are perfect due to their love of sitting on their owner's lap.

    Mixed breeds

    The last type of cats we need to mention is mixed breeds. These will often not have some of the less desirable traits that some pure breeds can display like aloofness, and independence, which are both unsuitable for therapeutic purposes. Female mixed breeds have proven to make excellent therapy cats, in many treatment areas, ranging from children with emotional problems to elderly patients with dementia.

    Which Characteristics Should a Therapy Cat Have?

    The main thing you need to assess when considering whether your, or any other cat has the potential to be a therapy cat, is its temperament.

    Unlike dogs, who are instinctively pack animals and love being part of a family, cats are more independent. That does not mean they don't love company, and there are countless examples of cats who follow their owners around like a puppy would.

    Ideally, you are looking for a cat who genuinely seems to enjoy the company of humans, and that includes children too. Evidence of this will be them being happy to be handled, carried and petted, even if that is done roughly, which brings us back to children again.

    Other traits you are looking for is calmness around people, even if there are a lot of them in the room, and they also need to be content when there are other animals around them too.

    Therapy cats should be unfazed by loud noises including machinery and medical equipment. It will often be the case that a therapy cat's patient or owner requires medical equipment nearby, so it is imperative that any noise it makes doesn't bother them.

    Therapy Cat Certification

    One of the issues in relation to therapy cats, is that there is no national association or board who has overall authority in relation to them. This means that legally, there isn't really any obligation to register them as a therapy cat or emotional support animal (ESA) as they are officially called.

    However, for those who have a therapy cat, or ESA, there are two laws that you can read about in the next section which having your therapy cat certified can be very advantageous There are countless websites online who have ESA registration schemes, but it always best to go for one of the ones who are best known.

    One of those is 'Certa Pet' who provide a service which includes a certification letter from a mental health professional. Their certification is accepted by just about anyone who matters, and they are recognized in every state.

    Your Legal Rights

    For those people with service animals there are numerous laws which give them rights in relation to where they can take their animals, however, these are not as comprehensive when it comes to ESAs, of which therapy cats are the most common.

    However, there are two very important laws which owners of therapy cats should be aware of. The first is the Fair Housing Act (FHA), and the second is the Air Carrier Access Act (ACCA).

    The reason for this is that the FHA grants owners of therapy cats and other ESAs rights which prevent landlords and homeowner’s association enforcing ‘no pets’ rules against you, even of that apartment block or condominium already has that rule in place.

    With the ACCA, it allows you to travel on airlines with your therapy cat and do so without being charged additional fees.

    To be able to benefit from these laws your therapy cat must be certified as an ‘emotional support animal’ which we discussed in the previous section.

    Conclusion

    We all know cats can be great pets, and that itself can bring cat owners benefits to their health. With therapy cats this goes a stage further with their calm, friendly and affectionate nature giving the person they are there to help, benefits to both their physical and mental health, which in some cases can be life changing.

    What to Look Out For After Pet Vaccinations

    It is important to have your pets annually vaccinated in order to keep them healthy and free of certain illnesses and diseases. But, just because pet vaccinations are meant to keep pets healthy, it doesn’t mean that some pets are not going to have adverse reactions to some vaccines. Just as people have allergies and experience side effects, so do many pets.

    Some reactions can even be life-threatening and require emergency medical treatment. Today we are going to take a look at common, less-common, and rare side effects caused by some vaccinations.

    Common Side Effects

    First, we are going to talk about the most common side effects from pet vaccinations. For puppies and kittens, the most common side effects are sleepiness, loss of appetite, and mild depression. They may become listless, and want to sleep a lot.

    In some instances, they may feel warm, almost feverish. This is because the body is fighting off and building an immunity to the viruses that have been injected into them, and it seems to happen the most when many vaccinations are given all at once to puppies and kittens. Vaccinations that can cause these side effects include:

    • Feline herpes
    • Feline calicivirus
    • Feline leukemia
    • Feline panleukopenia
    • Chlamydia
    • Feline HIV
    • Rabies shots for dogs and cats

    These, and other vaccinations can cause the following side effects:

    Irritability

    Kittens and puppies are likely to become irritable after receiving vaccinations, and they will not want to be touched. The injection site can be red, swollen, and painful after vaccination, and if you try to touch them, they may cry, or even growl or hiss. This grouchiness could last for three to five days. If there are other symptoms, including sickness, loss of appetite, and depression after the first 48 hours after vaccination, contact your vet.

    Lumps

    You may notice a lump beneath the skin at the injection site. In most cases, this is not painful, and the lump is usually about the size of a pea to a large marble. This type of lump can remain this size for several years, or may get smaller within a few weeks, or even disappear completely. In most cases, it is nothing to worry about. But, if it should grow very large within a month of vaccination, you should have your vet take a look to make sure it isn’t abscessed.

    Sinus Issues

    Vaccines for conditions such as kennel cough and cat flu can cause symptoms of the diseases they are meant to prevent. These symptoms can include nasal and ocular discharge, as well as sneezing. These symptoms generally develop within three to four days of vaccination, and are usually nothing to worry about, and will disappear on their own within a few days. If the discharge becomes thick or green/yellow in color, it could mean that there is a bacterial infection that must be treated.

    Puffy Face and Ears

    In some instances, there may be some swelling of the eyelids, lips, and ears, as well as a puffy face and itchiness after vaccination. Pets will rub at their faces to scratch, and will be quite uncomfortable (it could be hot, red, and itchy). These symptoms will normally go away with 24 hours, and often much sooner. If the itching is too distressing for the pet, your vet may want to prescribe an antihistamine to help get rid of the symptoms.

    Less Common Side Effects

    Now we need to look at some of the less common, and often more dangerous side effects of pet vaccinations. One of the most common of the least common side effects is anaphylactic reaction, which can be life threatening. This happens when there is a severe reaction to one or more vaccine components.

    The immune system’s mast cells activate, and release too much histamine into the body. This can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, acute shock, collapse, pale or white gums, a rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, swelling of the face and throat, hives, and even death in dogs.

    In cats, it can cause most of the same symptoms, along with a life-threatening reaction in the lungs that results in fluid and sometimes blood being pooled in the airway. This can be a progressive condition resulting in death, even if the cat is being treated.

    Rare Side Effects

    Now we come to the rarest side effects from pet vaccinations, beginning with fibrosarcoma, which is associated with cat vaccines. Fibrosarcoma is a cancer that is made up of mutated tissue cells that divide uncontrollably. These cells can be found on any part of the body, including prior vaccination sites. This is extremely rare, occurring only in 1/1000 to 1/10000 vaccinated cats, and can appear between two and four months after vaccination. It can lead to fatal tumors in cats. When your cat is vaccinated, make it a habit to palpate the vaccine site, and to feel the hind legs for lumps. If you notice a lump becoming larger than two centimeters, contact your vet for an immediate examination and treatment.

    Other rare side effects of pet vaccinations include:

    Lameness in Kittens

    The calicivirus vaccination (FCV) can cause symptoms of cat flu, including sneezing, watery eyes, nasal discharge, and tongue ulcers. It can also affect the bones and joints of kittens, causing swelling, pain, and fever. Symptoms generally disappear after two to four days without treatment.

    Excessive Bleeding at Injection Site

    While not common, there have been instances of too much bleeding at the injection. A bruise or lump filled with blood known as a hematoma can develop. This is usually not a result of the vaccination itself, but because the animal has a bleeding disorder. Causes can include consuming rat poison, consuming warfarin, an attack of the immune system on the platelets, and congenital bleeding disorders.

    This video here explains more about pet vaccinations:

    Conclusion

    If your pet has a reaction to a vaccination, it is important to notify your vet right away, even if the symptoms are mild. Your vet will be able to decide if the pet needs any type of treatment for the symptoms, and if the symptoms are serious or even life threatening.

    Cats with Down Syndrome

    We’ve seen a lot of odd looking cats taking the internet by storm lately, and many people are wondering if these cats have a form of Down syndrome or are there any cats with down syndrome? Is it even possible for cats to have Down syndrome? Well, yes and no. Technically, they cannot have this condition, because they do not have the same chromosome patterns humans do. Down syndrome is a condition that affects only humans. But, this is not to say that cats do not have conditions that can closely mimic Down syndrome. Today we are going to take a look at Down syndrome in humans, and whether or not cats are actually afflicted with the same condition.

    Humans and Downs Syndrome

    Let’s start by talking about how Downs syndrome affects humans. This is a genetic disorder that is found in humans, and is characterized by the presence of an extra chromosome, or part of one, in the twenty-first pair. This added chromosome gives those who have Down syndrome very distinctive physical characteristics, including short necks, small chins, large tongues, slanted eyes, odd-shaped outer ears, etc. Not every case of this condition results in these characteristics, but they are common to Down syndrome.

    Other things associated with this condition include stunted growth, and weak muscle tone. There is also an impairment in mental abilities, with the average adult IQ being around 50, or the equivalent of a child under the age of 10. Of course, this can be different from person to person. People with Down syndrome to tend to develop at varied rates, although most do develop more slowly than those who do not have this condition, which is also associated with a variety of health issues, including heart disease, vision impairment, infertility, and gastrointestinal issues.

    Cats and Downs Syndrome

    Now we come to the big question: Can cats have Down syndrome? There are some characteristics of Down syndrome that are sometimes seen in cats, including wide-set, round eyes, stunted or droopy ears, upturned noses, and an oddly shaped face. Cats that are thought to have conditions similar to Downs syndrome tend to have abnormal behavioral, and they are often uncoordinated and clumsy, bumping into things and frequently falling down. They may also sit differently than other cats, or have different vocalizations.

    Kittens with Down syndrome-like conditions often behave differently than other kittens in the same litter, and they tend to be a lot friendlier than other kittens, although they often do not respond when called to.

    Here are some things to consider if you think that you may have a cat that has a condition like Down syndrome:

    Important Facts About Cats with Down Syndrome

    Chromosomes

    Cats have 19 pairs of chromosomes, whereas humans have 23 pairs. People with Down syndrome have the extra chromosome 21, but this is not possible with most animals, because of the fact that they have fewer chromosomes. In fact, since cats only have 19 pairs, it is not possible for them to have the extra chromosome 21.

    Here's a detailed video about how down syndrome occurs with chromosomes:

    Behavior

    Next is behavior. A cat may show strange behavior, but this doesn’t automatically mean that it has Down syndrome. In fact, it may just be behavior that is unique to the cat, or another health problem that has not been diagnosed. There are many health issues associated with cats that can lead to a variety of symptoms that are much like those of Down syndrome.

    Inbreeding

    Many breeders tend to over-breed their pets, and there is also inbreeding involved. If two animals with the same genetic structure mate, it is likely to produce offspring with birth defects. The same is seen in humans. It may not be that the cat has Down syndrome, but that it is a victim of inbreeding.

    Misdiagnosis

    If a cat is thought to have Down syndrome, it could very well be a case of misdiagnosis, as it is impossible for cats to have that extra 21 chromosome. There could be other genetic disorders at play, such as Klinefelter syndrome, which can cause physical mutation. As of yet, there is no scientific evidence that cats can be afflicted with Down syndrome.

    Conclusion

    If you think your cat may have a genetic disorder that has characteristics that are similar to Down syndrome, it is important to have your cat examined and diagnosed by a veterinarian. There are several things that could be going on, including cerebral hypoplasia, which causes poor balance and renal issues.

    Kittens born to mothers with FPV (Feline Parvovirus) are prone to cerebral hypoplasia, which is neither progressive nor contagious. Kittens with this condition are born with underdeveloped cerebellums, causing them to stagger when they walk. If you notice this in your cat, make an appointment with your vet right away so you can find out what you need to do in order to give your pet a healthy, happy life.

    How Much Does It Cost To Get A Cat Spayed?

    While kittens are amazing and adorable, they are hard work. In fact, the whole process of your cat being pregnant and taking care of the little babies can be stressful. And once they are old enough, you have to find new owners. And this can be a challenge to find someone to take them off your hands. You also worry about what kind of life they might have when you give them away. But you can’t keep them on as it’s difficult to look after several cats. That's why a lot of people go down the route of spaying their cat but doesn't really have any idea how much does it cost to get a cat spayed.

    Furthermore, they then won’t have to worry about having their cat outside or around your other male cats. There will be no chance of the feline getting pregnant and you having to deal with a litter of kittens. Also, spaying has other health benefits. A cat that has been neutered is less likely to catch leukemia as they are unlikely to get into fights.

    Also, if your female cat isn’t spayed, then they are at higher risk of a uterine infection. This can lead to their death if it’s not treated quickly. Therefore, by getting spayed, it removes the risk of this. Also, by getting your cat neutered, you don’t have to worry about your furry friend going through seasons. After all, when your female cat is going through a season, you can expect male cats flocking to your garden; their behavior such as urinating and constant meowing can be stressful.

    Despite the many benefits, a lot of people are still put off getting their cat spayed. They don’t really understand the process and have many questions such as how much it costs to get a cat spayed and how old to spay a cat. Therefore, carry on reading for more information on what you need to know about spaying your cat.

    How Much Does It Cost?

    A lot of pet owners are put off getting their cat spayed due to the cost. After all, they worry it’s going to cost hundreds of dollars. But it really does vary depending on where you get it done, so it might not be out of your budget. The cost of getting your feline neutered is around $300 for a female cat. This includes the charge for any medications they need, plus the general anesthetic which will be used for the cat’s operation. You can also expect a pre-appointment to discuss what they need to do as part of the package too. It’s slightly less when it comes to a male cat; the cost can vary between $100-200 when it comes to your male.

    There are ways you can complete the op for cheaper. For one thing, some non-profit organizations can often do the procedure for a lower cost. In fact, if you are on a lower income, you will likely get the opportunity to do the operation for a fraction of the price. At the end of the day, they are going to have rehome unwanted cats if you let your pet breed. So it benefits them in some cases to reduce the fees for the operation. Also, some vets offer a package when you first get your cat which includes their first vaccinations and cat spaying.

    Doing this often works out a lot cheaper than just doing the surgery. And you could also consider doing the op via your pet insurance. After all, if you are taking out a plan, it often covers spaying surgery, so you might not have to pay much out if you do the op through this.

    How Old Should a Cat be When You Get Them Neutered?

    The subject can also leave people confused about when they should get their cat spayed. After all, they don’t want to put a kitten through the procedure when they are too little. But they also don’t want to leave it too late so they go through a season and then end up getting pregnant. The best age that vets recommend taking your feline to get spayed is when they around four to five months.

    You might feel like they are still little, but it’s best to catch them when they are little before they are ready to produce kittens. And if you want to let them be outdoor cats, you should definitely get them spayed before you let them out. If you have missed the boat, it’s still okay to take your cat when they are older. Cats can get spayed at any age over four months, so it’s still worth taking your cat, even if it’s a couple of years old.

    How Can You Help Them Recover?

    It can also be worrying when it comes to helping your cat recover. After all, you don’t want to do anything which is going to prolong their pain. The first thing you need to know is your cat is likely to come home the same day. They might be quite lethargic over the next 24 hours. The best thing you can do for your cat is to keep the area clean while they recover. It can take around 10 days for the skin to heal after your cat has been in to be spayed.

    For a quick guide, here's a short video about how to care for cats after spaying:

    Additionally, you need to make sure they don’t lick the area. This can be a challenge. Some people end up having their cat wear a cone to stop them from licking the area. While people worry it’s cruel, it will help them in their recovery, so if you cat won’t stop licking, it’s worth asking your vet about one.

    Also, make sure your cat stays inside during their recovery. That way, you can ensure they don’t hurt themselves, and you can keep an eye on how much they are licking the area. You will then go and see the vet for a post-op check and then you can discuss any concerns you may have about your feline’s recovery. Hopefully, everything will go well and then your cat will be ready to play again soon.

    How Much Does A Vet Visit Cost For A Cat?

    Having a cat is a wonderful experience for the whole family. They are so much fun to play with every day. And if you have children, they are fantastic for helping your kids to learn respect for animals. They really are one of the first best friends they will have. And you can have years of happiness with your beloved feline. But there are so many things you need to consider when it comes to your cat such as one a simple thought about how much does a vet visit cost for a cat every time you get it checked.

    A lot of people wear red tinted glasses when they get a cat. They don’t think about things like the costs of having a cat when they are adding a kitten to their household. And if you are clueless on costs, you will find that you might end up in debt from having a cat before long.

    Therefore, it’s a good idea to wise up on how much a cat costs before you do go and get a new kitten. You need to know the answer to questions like how much does a vet visit cost for a cat and how much does a cat cost per month before you do head to buy a kitten. Therefore, here are some of the costs you will have to pay out for your feline that you need to know about.

    The Vet Bills

    A lot of people don’t actually realize how much vet bills can cost; therefore, they are left staggered when they go and pay for their new feline. The first thing you need to know if you are wondering how much does a vet visit cost for a cat is that there will be a charge for just the check-up. After all, they might do a quick examination of the pet and could give you some tips and advice. This can cost around $45 before they do anything else to the cat.

    It’s also common for your kitten to need vaccines when they go to the vets. In fact, this can be an annual cost as they will need boosters every year. The initial shots can be around $40. You can often buy a package which will cover the first vaccines, spaying your cat and its microchip. This can be a couple of hundred dollars. The vet might also need to do an x-ray if they suspect there is something wrong with your cat. This can be around $300 depending on the vet.

    Here's a short video about an affordable vet care for cats:

    Also, the vet might need to give your cat a worming tablet or even flea treatment. This can cost around $49, and it’s worth looking at buying this online or from the grocery store instead. After all, if you want to make sure fleas are not a regular thing for your beloved feline, you really need to keep on top of giving them monthly treatment. That way, the fleas will stay far away.

    If you want to make sure you aren’t crippled by vet bills, it’s always worth looking at getting some form of pet health insurance. That way, you can just pay the monthly bill and then you know your cat is covered when it comes to any health problems.

    The Monthly Food Costs

    When it comes to how much a cat costs per month, you need to look first at their food. After all, this is where cat owners can often spend a lot of money; your feline needs to eat. And if you have several cats, this can soon add up. You need to buy them packs of wet food for starters for your kitten as dry food kibbles may be too large for them to chew at this stage. For a pack of 30 cans, you are looking at a cost of around $15 depending on which store you go to. You can expect to go through two lots of these a month per cat.

    You also will need to buy your cat some complete dry food which could cost between $10-30 depending on the brand. On top of this, you have the cost of the treats. You might like to give your cat some treats when they show good behavior. Or it might just be a daily treat which keeps them full until dinner time. This can cost up to $10 so it’s also another cost you need to consider when you are wondering how much does a cat cost per month.

    Litter and Toys

    A lot of pet owners don’t think about things like litter and toys for their kitten when they are working out how much they might cost a month. But it’s worth adding these to your list as they can soon add up. For starters, you are going to need a litter box inside if your cat will spend long periods of time inside your home. After all, they will need to go to the toilet while they are inside the home. You will, therefore, need to buy some litter to use in the home. Litter from an average store like Walmart costs around $10.

    You are also bound to buy toys for your kitten. In fact, when you have a new cat, you will buy toys for your cat on a monthly basis. After all, you will spot cute things that you can’t wait to take home to your kitten. Therefore, buying something like a little mouse toy could cost around $10. And then there are big toys like a cat scratching post that you might want to buy for your little pet. You might be surprised at the cost of these large items. You could pay around $40 for a large one for your home.

    And remember to consider the cost of a cattery or a cat sitter. After all, if you are planning to take a holiday anytime soon, you will need someone to look after your cat while you are away. Catteries tend to charge per day so it can soon add up. A cat sitter tends to pay by the hour so this can be worth considering to make sure your cat gets fed and played with while you are away on your vacation.

    De clawing A Cat

    Our furry friends really do take over the household when they enter our lives. In fact, a lot of people say it becomes the cat’s home rather than yours, and you will often catch them relaxing on the bed or chilling out on the sofa. But while there are many benefits to having your furry pal in the house (company and laughter for starters), there are some negatives. For one thing, their fur can get everywhere in the house. It can take cat owners hours trying to vacuum up all the excess fur in the home during the summer months when they are shedding. And it does get all over your clothes too; it can be tricky to remove it all from your top or trousers. Moving forward, what's your thought about de clawing a cat?

    Another thing which is a downfall of having your cats inside is that they scratch your beloved furniture. They want to keep their nails in tip-top condition, but to do this, they often scratch the wallpaper or even the sofa. It’s also a natural instinct for them to leave their scent by scratching your belongings too. Unfortunately, this can leave you feeling furious with your beloved pet. After all, you have spent well-earned cash on your furniture. And it can leave it looking tatty and old, even if you only just bought it, which is frustrating.

    Therefore, a lot of pet owners decide to go down the route of declawing their cat. After all, you can then have your furry friend inside the house without having to worry about what they will do to your home. And it can help boost your relationship with your pet if you do go for this option. Also, it can be a good option if you want to make sure they can’t scratch your family in the future. Of course, there are some other options you might want to try first such as getting a scratching post to deter them from the furniture. Or you can even buy aromas which will make sure they don’t get too close. However, if you are looking for a more permanent solution, declawing might be the way to go. A lot of people worry about the cost of de clawing a cat. After all, they don’t want it to break the bank. Therefore, here is your guide to cat declaw prices so you know what to expect when you go to the vets.

    Below is a short video for other surgical alternative to declawing your cat:

    Before the Surgery

    Whichever vet you decide to go with will likely do tests before the cat goes in for surgery. That way, they can check their blood, as well as check the function of their organs to make sure they won’t have any problems during the surgery. It’s often advised especially if your furry friend is an older feline. After all, the pet will need anesthetic for the op. You can expect to pay around $40-50 dollars for this pre-op. Although this is an added price, it’s worth it to make sure your pet will recover well after the operation. And a lot of vets will refuse to do it unless you have this done before.

    The Operation

    Once you have decided to get your cat declawed, the vet will go through the different options they can do. There are several ways the process can be conducted of declawing your feline. If you are hoping for a cheaper option, it’s highly likely they will go for the common method of using a blade or a clipper. This cuts through the joint and will stop claw growth on your cat’s paws. This method can cost around $100-200 dollars. With this op, there is a risk the claws will come back. But it has the quickest surgery time and is the cheapest option so it is a common choice.

    Cat paw closeup on fabric

    For the slightly higher end of the spectrum, the vet might suggest removing the bone by removing the ligaments. This will ensure no regrowth and has a slightly less chance of infection. Another option which is more expensive that the vet might discuss with you is declawing your furry friend by using lasers. For this method, you can expect to pay out around $200-400. This is becoming a more popular option for pet owners and vets alike as instead of using a utensil, they use a laser to remove the bones. By doing this, there is a lot less pain and less bleeding so your feline will be home a lot quicker and will be in less discomfort.

    You should discuss the three options with your vet and let them explain the procedures more clearly to you. After all, if you do want to go ahead with the op, you want to feel reassured that they will do a good job with your pet. So find out their experience and discuss it with several vets until you are satisfied with your choice. It’s also worth checking exactly what the cost includes. At the end of the day, if you are shelling out hundreds of dollars, you want to make sure this does include the stay at the vet and any other treatment they need while they are there.

    After Surgery

    Veterinary doctor holding British cat and stroking the head

    Once your feline has been through the surgery, they might need to be put on some pain relief to help them. It’s worth asking how much this will be as it will often be included in the initial price. In some cases, a vet will give the cat a patch which gives your feline friend the pain relief. This often costs an additional $40 to 50. You should discuss other pain relief methods while you are at the vets to help your cat properly recover.

    Conclusion

    Remember to always look at the other options such as talking to a cat behaviorist first before resorting to declawing your feline. After all, there might be a quicker and cheaper option which will save you and your cat a lot of stress.