Oreo can answer that for me.
My cats have always had their claws, and always will unless perhaps it becomes medically necessary to remove them.
I used to just put up with shredded furniture, but my DH was concerned about my "love me, love my cats" because he has nice furniture. (He had trained his cat from a young age not to scratch the furniture.) There was no way I'd consider declawing (I've assisted with declaws at the vet clinic,
so I knew what the surgery was, and my mom's recent bad experience with declawing her older cats cemented my resolve- her poor cats were sore for months afterward). We were at an impasse when I started working for a vet who sold & applied soft paws
as a declawing alternative.
I used them on all 4 of my adult cats (aged 9, 9, 14 and 16 at the time) to protect the furniture, and focused on training them where it was OK to scratch & where not to scratch. This site
has good advice about training. It worked beautifully! The only problem we had was with one of the cats pulling off the caps, which was solved by applying bitter apple & distracting her while the glue dried. After they learned not to scratch the furniture, I stopped using the nail caps & just continued trimming their claws to minimize accidental furniture (& skin) gouging.
It's terrible that a landlord would insist upon declawing surgery as a condition of renting.
Landlords who require declawing need to be educated about other options.
And to those vets who push declawing, making it sound like it's a necessary part of maintaining your cat's health, like spaying, neutering, and vaccinations - SHAME ON YOU! BAD HUMANS!
A good vet should discuss behavior problems with the cat owner and present solutions, not push an unnecessary surgery.