I have a 6 year old happy, healthy cat who is happy, calm and has no deformations. When we got him, he was bouncy and playful at three months old. By six months, he was shredding curtains, furniture and our arms. No scratching pads worked and we were at our wits end. He would not only grab you with his claws, but then he would sink his teeth in to you. He is 100% indoor only. After a bout with cat scratch fever and laying a wrist wide open at the hospital, to air out b/c of gangrene, he was de-clawed.
He was up walking two days later just fine and guess what? He is calm, passive and a joy to have. Our vet explained it like illusionmini and there was no bone removed. It was just taken back far enough that there is no nail and no regrowth has happened. There are many things that people would consider inhumane: ear and tail docking, spay/neutering, dew claws, debarking, etc., but the animals recover quickly and he now has a wonderful quality of life.
I think everyone is entitled to an opinion, but there are some decisions that should be made on a case by case basis and not uniform decisions.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
I dont think its a good idea to declaw any cat, i have a 9 year old calico and she was found under my porch and after we examined her and had gived her a bath we discovered that she was declawed and could not defend herself from the family pets she had to get used to now she does not go around any animal or let you touch her feet and we think it was because of this horrible process these cats go through to have there claws removed. So if you would please dont declaw your cats instead buy a scratching post or 5 buck for cheap pair of nail clippers.
My parents declawed their cats. One is just fine the other bites and so upset all the time and wasn't before her surgery. I also have debated the surgery but with my Smokey we use the soft claws and so far so good. It is a pain to put them on once a month but we do it and I know Smokey is in no pain from the surgery.