My brother is a vet in the US. He refuses to declaw, and his boss is fine with that. I think his boss, owner of the clinic, will
do it. Bro tries to educate the patient's guardian.
The operation is not de-clawing, but de-jointing.
Think, take off your finger or toe at the first knuckle. The pain post-op can make a cat refuse to use the litter box, then things really go downhill!
Soft Paws, while humane and painless to use, still will take away kitty's defenses in much the same way as de-jointing....They are a good alternative for folks that have a foolproof way to keep the cat indoors. I have one cat that was trained to them, but I don't put them on him now that I have him, for that reason...he used to try to get outside and there are mean critters out there in my backyard.
I have had very good luck re-directing the cats to their posts. When I find them stretching up on a piece of furniture, I gently say, no
, take them down, then I go over to the sisal post and scratch my nails on it very noisily. Every time, they immediately imitate what I've done, and where I've done it. Make sure you have a scratchy place that is "human approved" in every room - even if it is just a corrigated cardboard scratcher, (about $2). That way, you can re-direct effectively. If you have to go to another room, the cat has long since forgotten what it is you are trying to teach her.
Cats are so cool! They won't be intimidated or forced, but when given a loving option, will usually cooperate! That's why we love them so much!