This should be the last option for a cat owner as you are removing an integral part of the cat – sort of like pulling out your own fingernails. Its is not a natural or health-saving procedure, and a declawed cat may undergo a severe personality change.
Declawing should only be considered to prevent a cat from becoming destructive to its surroundings, people or other pets, and only after all other options have failed.
A declawed cat can never return to the outdoors without constant human supervision and protection. A declawed cat is defenseless.
Options to declawing include:
- Scratching post
- Discouraging destructive scratching (new coverings, offending scents)
- Keep the cat’s nails trimmed
http://www.geocities.com/jandcathouse/declaw.htm. Declawing information and links.