*** DO NOT EVER HAVE A CAT DECLAWED!!!!! *** There are few more cruel things you can do to a cat. There are three critical things cats do with their claws: defend themselves, clean themselves, and scratch itches. Imagine this for a second. You have an itch, and you have no fingernails. Do you really want to do that to your cat? If furniture or carpet is a problem, and the cat won't stop clawing (and you'd better give it a few months if it's young), trim the claws, or have them rounded. It's better than nothing, at it isn't tantamount to torture.
DO NOT DECLAW YOUR CAT!!! It is so bad! If their claws are too sharp then clip them with nail clippers! Just the tips though cuz you can hit a vein. What happens if your cat gets outside? It will no longer be able to protect itself. I have five cats who are indoor mostly and I clip their claws sometimes. Please don't torture your cat like that. :'(
DON'T do it! Think of it as ripping off your fingernails down to the nail bed and then playing in a sand box while trying to heal. Claws are one of the main defense mechanisms for cats. As others have said, trim/round them off, but DON'T declaw the animal...please.
We had our cat declawed and neutered all at the same time. I don't know how cruel that is to a cat but she's long gotten over it and is just fine. I certainly don't think it's cruelty to animals at all. They can never live outside again but if it's always going to be a house catt, better to do it and get it over with.
People say it is cruel because it is very painful for a cat. It is very rough on the cat's paw as they go in pull the nail tight and cut the muscle around the nail and stitch it back up. It can lead to infection and could change the cat's behavior. But so can any other operation. I believe that in some cases it is necessary for a cat to be declawed. If the cat scratches people, especially kids, or even tears up furniture. Would these people rather you take your cat to a shelter because is it tearing up your furniture? I don't think so... I'm glad that you are giving the cat a good home, and if you feel that it is necessary, then do it. I will tell you, It would be cheaper (and safer) to spay/neuter at the same time than separate!
Only get the front ones declawed.. NOT THE BACK! And I repeat NOT THE BACK! Of they get an itch how are they supposed to scratch it? :| I had to get my cat de clawed for several reasons, don't listen to other people, I'd you want to get you cat de clawed get it de clawed. Just please, and I said please, don't get the back done.