About a month ago, I adopted a second cat - Jewel. She's a black and white tiger kitten about 6 months old. She still has all her claws. This is unlike my first cat, Tiger who I had declawed shortly after I got him. Why did I declaw Tiger? Because everyone said I should. Everyone said that he would tear up the furniture with his claws if I didn't have him declawed. I had it done one day, by the vet, and honestly I've felt very guilty about doing it to him every since. Now I am facing the same decision again with Jewel. Should I declaw her or not? I really do not want to do that to her. If I can find any way to avoid it, I am going to try to NOT do it. So far, in the last month that she's been here, she's been great. She hasn't clawed up the furniture, scratched me, or been a pest in any way. I think I've learned some things in the 3 years since I got Tiger. I am handling her better since I know what to expect. Everyone tells me that I should declaw her. I took their advice before, with Tiger, because I didn't know any better. I think I know better now and I'm going to make my own decision here.
Unless it really becomes necessary, she is going to keep her claws.