I didn't want to do it, really. Charlie, the male, really should be an outdoor cat and when (if?) I buy a house someday I'll let him run around to his heart's content. I would have liked to have let him keep his claws for the outdoors, but it's going to be another year or so before I can buy a house. Ah, well. We had three declawed females who ran around outside for years and it didn't seem to deter them much I suppose.