Here is a recent submission to the Reader Responds - cat declawing section from someone who had her two cats declawed:
"I do most certainly regret declawing my 2 kitty boys! I've always been against it, but got talked into it to "save the new furniture."
Even though I hadn't had any previous experiences with declawing kitties, I had heard the horror stories which caused me to be against it, but not having witnessed the possible negative results personally with a kitty, in a weak moment I conceded to allow it.
Their surgeries were performed Jan. 5th, 2011, and today, Feb. 2nd, 2011, I had to take them back to the vet as they've made it obvious that they're still extremely tender-footed by the way they limp and favor their precious little feet.
The vet gave each of them a shot for pain, some prednisone to bring down the swelling, and a salve for daily pain for the coming week.
The bottom line is that they should never have had to go through all this! They're so sweet and loving, and the guilt I have for their pain never goes away for me, either.
No furniture is worth more than kittie's pain! Never again."
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- Top Reasons NOT to Declaw a Cat
From Franny Syufy, Guide to Cats