Today I received my regular publication from PETA and while reading through it came across some great information on why you should never de-claw your cat.
De-clawing your cat involves 10 separate, painful amputations, severing the whole joint, including the bones, ligaments and tendons. It is not just removing the nails as many people think. "Complications of de-clawing include chronic pain, nerve damage and recurrent infections. Some stop using the litter box because the grit hurts them, and some develop spinal problems because they can no longer walk naturally- they have no toes".
Since kittens usually outgrow the crawling up the drapes stage and most cats are attracted to scratching posts especially if you add some catnip and fun toys, de-clawing is totally unnecessary. Trim your cats nails regularly and today you can even buy little plastic forms to put on the kitties nails so they can't ruin the furniture.
"De-clawing is like taking a hatchet to a hangnail and says , "I love my couch more than my cat".