As you may know, the subject of declawing cats has been very controversial over the past few decades. However, there is now a new method: laser declawing. This technique is a vast improvement over the old methods, and can allow people to declaw their pets without the drawbacks of traditional declawing. A local Bucks County, PA vet discusses laser declawing below.

The Basics

Declawing first became popular in the 70’s. It was initially thought to be a great way to keep cats from scratching her humans or their furniture. (It’s worth noting that sometimes the dew claw is removed in dogs: this is usually to prevent it from getting caught on things.) Over time, more and more people realized that the traditional methods of declawing weren’t very much fun for our feline friends. It is, after all, amputation. In recent years, traditional declawing has actually become illegal in some places.

Laser Declaw

As the name suggests, laser declawing is a form of declawing that uses a laser to remove the claws. As with the traditional method, the claw is cut off at the third toe bone. The new method is generally considered both safer and more humane than traditional declawing. One of the main reasons for this is that the laser cauterizes the incision. This immediately stops any bleeding. Pets also don’t need to wear bandages, and you won’t have to get your cat a special litter to prevent infection. Recovery time is also much shorter: it’s usually about a day or so, in comparison to a week for the regular method. There is also no chance of the claw growing back.


While laser declaws are a wonderful alternative to traditional methods, it is still a big procedure, and not one that should be taken lightly. A big concern here is that kitties are left quite defenseless without their claws. They can’t even run up trees to escape danger! For that reason, we don’t recommend declawing cats that are allowed to go outdoors. If scratching is your concern, try other options, like getting Fluffy a cat tower, first. If you want temporary solution, consider clipping your pet’s nails. This is painless and temporary, just like a human manicure. If you’re nervous about cutting your cat’s claws, call us. We’re happy to help!

Are you interested in laser declaw? Contact us, your Bucks County, PA vet clinic, today!