Yes, I've already decided that I'm going to fight for my kittens claws. I just ordered a pack of soft claws and I'm going to buy an extra scratching post. I'm trying to get him used to me handling his paws, so he hopefully won't put up too much of fight when I use the soft claws.
And for the record, I don't believe I would ever abandon my cat if he underwent behavioral changes. I didn't give up on my first cat when she went blind. When she got sick, I woke up in puddles of urine on my bed but I still loved her and tried everything I could to help her. Anyway, I just hate the idea that some people might think I'm heartless I'm just looking for all the facts. Perhaps someone could please direct me to another thread or website that they feel best explains declawing (from a medical standpoint)?
I would definately suggest you try other options first before deciding to declaw. Declawing a cat is non-reversible and just as with any optional surgery...you can have 99 cats come out of the procedure fine, but if your cat is the one that develops a biting issue, litterbox avoidance, arthritis or other issues, how would you deal with it? It's easy to say you wouldn't abandon a cat...but a cat in pain can be very different than a cat who is blind.