My two kittens (stray litter mates) both male, were scheduled to be neuterd and declawed. When they went for their pre-op blood work, both were found to be outside the normal range for clotting factors? When they got the results back, the vet had me bring them in and do a toe-nail test. They both bled for longer than 5 minutes, and one of the two had to have the clotting powder applied to his nail twice before it stopped bleeding. They have drawn more blood and sent it to Cornell University for testing - but I'm concerned that this is getting really serious -- not to mention expensive!! Can anyone lend insight to our situation? Can I just not get the surgery? Should I be worried about them dying during the surgery (or following it)? Should I not get them declawed? How can I pay for all this?? Are there programs for people trying to do the right thing for their animals? I'm getting kind of depressed!! Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
I'm against declawing to start with for behavioral reasons (Yes, declawed cats can be sweet and happy but statistically they're more oft than not neurotic biters) but from a medical stand point i would not do this procedure.
Any surgical procedure that is "elective/unnecessary" for the cat's survival when there are clotting issues is a very bad idea.
If you do it, it will likely be VERY expensive (special planning and treatment for post surgery treatment).
It takes some work, but you can cat proof the house and provide scratching posts, chip board, etc...for kitty to scratch.
Plus, there's a product called "soft claws/paws", which is much more humane. It's a plastic sheathe you glue onto kitty's claws. I've heard people here say good things about it. Anyone wish to comment on it?
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