We got a cat for the girls not too long ago. It's a little over a year old, and is a neat cat, but it still has all it's claws. He has clawed up some of the furniture a little bit, and has scratched two of the girls so far while playing. Our neighbor has an older cat that was declawed some time ago, front claws only. So now the wife wants to do this to our cat. Is this a normal, harmless procedure? To me, it seems somewhat cruel. But I'm no cat expert. BTW, the cat stays indoors for the most part.