It's important to remember that not only do they cut of the nail, but they completely cut off the first knuckle of the cat's 'fingers'....that means BONE
. Imagine having stubs for fingers and think how long it would take you to get used to, think how painful it would be! A cat's claws are their only defense mechanism. What if a cat, who was declawed, somehow escaped or got lost outside? It would have no way to protect itself from the outside world...dogs, other cats, foxes, or whatever dangers that might be out there.
I just got a job at my local humane society's veterinary clinic, and we had a cat come in that wasn't even five months old and had been declawed. Someone found him wandering outside with a sprained leg and bloody scratches all over his face and body (obviously from a fight he could have never expected to win), limping and mewing like crazy. It really broke my heart. There is always
a chance your cat might accidently
be let out or escape through a torn screen or window. I would never take the chance to let anything like that happen to any of my animals. To see my cat brutally wounded or dead after being lost outside, knowing that I removed their only defense mechanism, their only chance at survival because I didn't want them to scratch my "precious" furniture would be too much to bear.
A lot of people don't know how painful the procedure is for the cats. Most don't realize they don't merely remove the nail, but a part of their bones as well. Once people learn this, most always seek other alternative than that kind of cruelty. You can try those deterrent sprays they have at petstores for furniture, or even tin foil. Since you cat is young it will be easier to break the habit before it even starts. Maybe you could even try the Soft Paws
I applaud you for taking the time to get information on the subject before making a decision! Forgive me for being a bit feisty about the subject, but it is something I am strongly opposed of.
I hope this helped!!!