I posted, the below, in my "Cat Lovers Team" on 7/10/11 5:07 P, in the "Forum": General Team Discussion, under the "Topic": Are your cats declawed?
No, my cats are *not* de-clawed; they don't scratch anything, except for their stuff.
There has never been an incident. (They have over 5 towers.)
My husband adopted 2 and I adopted 2; ironically, from the same place (before we even knew each other existed) & almost "to the day" of each other.
Anyway, I digress; the no kill shelter, that we adopted them from, does *not* allow de-clawing and their microchips are reported as it's *not* allowed.
We were told that if we tried to do it ... they would be taken away. (I'd die.)
It was explained to us that it's like cutting off their fingers top knuckle.
Like if you were to look at your fingers top knuckle, it'd have to be cut off there, for your fingernails to not grow back.
I have never thought about de-clawing them.
Even *before* the shelter told me I couldn't.
I can't imagine them not being able to climb stuff and us missing out on watching them being the magnificent, climbing, carnivores they are.
(Edited to add: they are indoor cats. They don't try to get out.)