Okay, so I've never had a declawed cat. Even before I knew what it was, I would never had done it. But recently, something happened that almost broke my heart.
My vet has cats at his office. One, who is a couple of years old, was declawed because he ruined a woman's hose and the vet was worried about liability problems. So, he amputated Pew's claws.
Last month, I found out that Pew was in a lot of trouble. See, he bit an elderly man. And this elderly man ended up in the hospital. Cat bites are much more dangerous than cat scratches. So, Pew was in a cage at the vet's office, not allowed to run around as he had been.
The vet asked me if I wanted him. I said yes. But, my husband was with me and said "no, it wouldn't be fair to our cats at home". And he was right. It wouldn't have been.
I did find out, though, that Pew has a few problems which will make him difficult to rehome. All which could be directly attributed to the declawing surgery. He bites. He doesn't use the litterbox. And he has bad knees.
My vet is a good vet. But he's not an animal behaviorist. He's had four cats since I've been going to him and all have been declawed. The first one, Zipper, was a biter and needed to find a new home. The middle two took the surgery without any problems that I had ever heard of. And then there's little Pew. So, we have two out of four declawed cats with problems with most likely stemmed from the surgery. Not a very good batting average, if you ask me.
I found Pew a new home, but the vet didn't want to let him go. It's understandable, Pew is a good cat. One of the things about declawing, is even if the surgery goes well, you don't know how the cat will take it. If the cat will have litterbox problems or start biting or have physical problems because if it.
Please, for the sake of your cat, don't declaw.