Just wanting to show my support for Dr Cat's answer..
I also hold the view that declawing is unnecessary unless performed on medical grounds (i.e should not be performed for the convenience of the pets caregiver.)
There are some pretty clear animal welfare concerns with any procedures that are purely for the pet owners benefit.
There are many steps to reducing scratching activity, some of which are detailed here on LovePets : Search for cat scratching articles
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