Terribly sorry if this "irks" you. But I stand by that statement, and many on this board who are extensively trained with cats and other animals feel the same way.
Are you kidding me?! You arent sorry it irks me, that was pretty sarcastic for one. Two, basically, you're saying that people that declaw cats are terrible pet owners and should never own cats. That is one judgmental statement to say. You do NOT know my mother and you have no right to say something like that. My mom loves her cat more than anything, MORE THAN HER FURNITURE. My mom always thinks of her cat first, not her material possessions. She has never encountered a cat who has had problems with declawing.
To say that a person who declaws a cat should never own one, is just wrong. How many more cats would be in shelters right now if that were true? Probably a lot. People already talk about the overcrowding in shelters and euthanizing animals, just think of how many more cats would be in shelters and being euthanized if anyone who would declaw a cat couldnt own one. There would probably be a lot. I would rather have a cat loved and cared for and declawed, then to have it put to sleep.
But you know what, that's just my opinion, just like its yours. But dont be so judgmental when saying that people who declaw cats arent good cat owners, because you do not know that. You're just going on your own opinion and what you feel.