Did you know that declawing a cat is a form of amputation? It's like cutting off your finger or toe down to the first digit so your nails will never grow again.
People declaw for all sorts of reasons...a minute few have merit, most do not. If you have ever lost a toenail, then banged your toes against something, you know how sensitive and painful it is. Now imagine all 10 of your nails missing. Some cats adjust to this painful procedure, some do not. Those that do not often start exhibiting behavioral problems -- not using the litterbox, biting, aggression.
There are several alternatives to declawing..cat scratching posts - various sizes and shapes, cutting nails on a regular basis, glue on nail covers, etc.
What are your thoughts on declawing....pros and cons?