Some of our outside clan. See one you like? :-)
Declawing is something we have never done, but not because of what I just learned as a result of a headline seen online Read it here
We chose to not declaw because we found ways to deter damaging clawing and because we did not want our cat to be defenseless if it should get outside. If the back feet are declawed as well, they can not jump very well, which...... was not all bad, but we still chose not to do it.
After seeing the headline, I decided to look a little further. Article was obviously against it (for reasons that seemed reasonable) so I looked further for a dissenting opinion. The best I could do was this.
While in another house, we had a terrible time with our cats scratching furniture. So much so that I worked on building carpeted protectors that are now very available online and in stores. For some reason when we moved to Bell Buckle 25 years ago, the scratching stopped. My protection creations were retired.
Now we have a few more inside cats so providing scratching opportunities became important again, but not because they were targeting furniture. We just did it because we love our cats. A few months ago one of our nieces brought is a carpeted cat tree. She bought her cat a new one and saw that we were missing one so.....
It is now one of the most LOVED attractions and I have replaced carpet three time so far. (Needs it again) It goes from floor to ceiling and has four levels. We find pieces of the carpet on the floor daily but vacuuming it up is a small price to pay for the pleasure it gives them and the entertainment it gives us.