I know I'm gonna get some crap for this, but I've had cats most of my adult life clawed and declawed. The only difference I see is $3000 dollars in furniture. It's a procedure like anything else. Not sure where the cruel comes from. All my cats have claws right now, but my last declawed one lived 25 years and he was a pretty happy cat. No different then any other procedure he had to go through. Certainly no different then getting his nuts cut off.