that is the question. Back in February, I got a new cat to replace my companion of 15 years. I didn't declaw the old cat because he was sufficiently mellow to where that wasn't an issue. this new cat, while affectionate, seems to like to use it's claws whenever possible- on the furniture, on me, etc. I'm reluctant to declaw, but obviously, the damage the animal is doing is going to set me back quite a bit, and there is always the liability if she claws a guest.