Cats That are Neutered and Declawed and What to Expect After Surgery

Cats who are neutered and declawed need their owners to understand about these surgeries. Surgery may be a must but it can be better understood.


Cat owners should find out as much as possible about how these two surgeries can affect their cats and their homes.

Whether cats have been declawed, neutered or spayed, understanding all about these procedures will give cat owners much peace of mind. 

The vet will tell the pet owner to use newspapers instead of cat litter for 10-14 days to give their paws time to heal. Your cat will probably limp around. This is normal. No need for concern unless it continues on for long periods of time.

Cats should be watched so they don’t chew on their stitches.  If cats do chew on their stitches infections can set in. This advice was recommended by my sister’s veterinarian when her cat was declawed. 

If you have a multi-cat home beware of personality changes. This surgery must leave them with hormonal changes in their scents. Our cats went through mood changes every time. Foxy has been our newest addition. He only went through minor changes. His other cat buddies did sniff around him for a few days and would dart away quickly. They weren’t sure they remembered him from his scent change. Foxy just had gone through a trauma of being locked up in the hood of a truck. He finally made friends only to have them turn their back on him. Now all is well and they’re all playing and back to themselves once again. 

This happened to another cat of ours whose name is,’ Zinger.’ He had to go through even a rougher time of it. The other cats would hiss for about 3 days at him. One minute Zinger must have thought he had buddies. Then the next he had enemies. This must have been upsetting even to this cat. This behavior must have to do with hormonal changes that take place from the surgery.

Cats are keen to many different senses. Don’t be alarmed when this happens. I’ve went through this many times and their behavior towards each other always went back to normal within a few days. All types of cats have different reasons for their actions.

Cats may kneed when feeling contented or pull their ears back when feeling distress about something. Many things can change their behavior. Get to know your cat and when they start displaying different emotions you’ll know what they are trying to tell you. Learn to watch and learn about the reasons behind their behavior. 

People should try to communicate and learn all about each others feeling. Animals are no different. They have reasons for all of their behaviors also. Keep your eyes and ears wide open and see and hear what their world is all about.  

These links should help cat owners understand these procedures better. I didn’t find any information about how multi-cat families handle this situation. My cats did have to go through 3 or 4 days of changes in their behavior. Other than that the transition went rather smoothing for my individual situation. 

Personal experience about how my cats handled these surgical procedures. Read more information about these procedures when following these links.All photo rights-Jenny Heart 


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    On April 14, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Pets, as like other animals, have living lives just like a human. They should be taken great care so that they can grow up healthily. Clicked you “liked it” :-)

  2. ken bultman

    On April 14, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Informative article. I find that left alone cats can work these problems out better than humans. Don’t much care for declawing.

  3. Lord Banks

    On April 14, 2010 at 5:26 am

    We have two lovely cats with different personalities, we brought them from a sanctuary for abandoned animals, part of the deal was they must be neutered. As for de-clawing no as much as they scratch our furniture no-way they need to be able to climb and defend themselves outside. Very good article. LB

  4. deep blue

    On April 14, 2010 at 5:43 am

    A helpful article for cat owners.

  5. Belle Dob

    On April 14, 2010 at 8:17 am

    My question is what do the declawed cats do when they meet up with a cat with claws and they have a dissagreement? I know someone who had one cat declawed but not the other. Inevitabley the declawed cat comes out of every fight second best and injured. My personal opinion is that its cruel to take a cats only defense away from it.
    Great article, very informative.

  6. Jenny Heart

    On April 14, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Belinda I feel only house cats should be declawed.

  7. Guy Hogan

    On April 14, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I don’t have a cat but this is good information. A writer never knows when he or she can use information like this in a short story.

  8. Uma Shankari

    On April 14, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I loved this article very much and read every word of it. I did not know much about this topic earlier, so I was really fascinated about cat behaviors in general.

  9. Brenda Nelson

    On April 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Declawing should only be a last resort – for sure declawed cats should NOT go out – but owners need to be aware that kittens do claw naturally and often outgrow this – some breeds are not claw agressive at all.
    An estimated 30 – 60 % of all declawed cats experience some side effects – the best known of which is becoming nervous biters, a heighted flight or fight response, and failure to use the litter box later in life.

    People need to think long and hard before declawing a cat. and should look at alternatives.

    Spaying and neutering is important – not only does it prevent unwanted kittens (millions are euthanized in the USA every year) but reduces a cats chances of getting some cancers.

  10. Goodselfme

    On April 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I don’t think any cat should be declawed. That is my opinion with much experience. I was told, by vet it affects more of the brain than the pet owners realize in coming years. I just had to allow one kitty to go to Heaven with known character change most probably due to declawing as a young kitten, my vet explained. I sure did not do that to him. You presented this article well for those wanting the information.

  11. Ruby Hawk

    On April 14, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I think we should let pets live as natruelly as possible. I feel sorry for animals so penned up and pampered. I think they would be happier doing their own thing.

  12. Christine Ramsay

    On April 15, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I don’t have cats but I do feel for them having to go through this. A good and helpful article.


  13. monica55

    On April 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    A very helpful and informative article, especially for those who are cats owners. Thanks for the share.

  14. CA Johnson

    On April 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    This was a very informative article. I don’t have a cat so I wasn’t sure what would happen if they were neutered or declawed.

  15. VTech

    On April 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    good one.

  16. Tulan

    On April 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    thanks for the information.

  17. lovelights

    On April 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Great article, and very informative. I have 3 domestic cats, and 2 Bengals. All have been declawed, neutered or spaded. I’ve had no problems with any of my cats being declawed. They’ve never set foot outside the home, however, they do have a large caged in pool area that they are free to roam that is bigger than some people’s homes.

  18. PR Mace

    On April 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Good informative article. As I am not a cat person I will forward this to my daughter and her three cats.

  19. mandy2345

    On April 25, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Nice writing – well put together.

  20. neha80

    On April 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Interesting post, just today i know more about it. Good subject selection for writing articles. Thanks for sharing this good one.

  21. mandy2345

    On July 11, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Very well put together with excellent information. Nice writing style 2 thumbs up!

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