Originally Posted by Pami
I dont understand what you are saying. Once you declaw him, he is declawed you can then decide you would rather train him with a scratching post.
Declawing should never be an option. The least option shouldnt be considered. Hopefully, anyone who doesnt know or understand what declawing entails would do a thorough search of it and understand it fully, the pain and the mutilation that is causes to cats.
Pami, the other poster was saying if people were told by the vet that declawing their cat would cause them drastic and destructive personality changes that would magnify if not introduce new problems, they might change their tunes about "not wanting to try this other stuff that might or might not work". But some vets conveniently neglect to point that stuff out to people, because declawing is an expensive procedure in that it requires an overnight stay, so doing both procedures at the same time means the vet earns a lot more money.
The lady who runs the rescue group that my cat came from gave me some excellent advice when she brought him home to me: "If your vet ever mentions declawing as an option for any behavioral problem, you should just politely say that you'll think about it and get back to him/her and then get busy finding a new vet. That vet should know better, so if s/he is disregarding all the complications that can arise due to declawing, that vet does not practice for the love of animals, but is in it for the money. You and your cat can do better." Our vet is one of the good ones, but I appreciated her warning just the same.