Honestly, don't declaw your cat. It's cruel, inhumane...I won't even go on, loads of other people have already explained what declawing is. If you honestly think that it's a reasonable choice though, you don't deserve to have that cat, because you're not addressing the root of the behaviour.
My kitten is bad at this too- we got her a scratching post with a bouncy ball attached, and she used it once on her own, I showed her how to at least 15 times, she didn't take to it. So I watched what she did scratch on (on purpose scratching, not "I need to grip so claws automatically come out" scratching). The leather sofa my husband is so concerned about? Accidental- it's slippery to her and she's trying to grip. It also makes funny sounds when the leather rubs together, and she wants to dig and find out what made the sound. She was purposely scratching on our solid wood dining chairs, cardboard anything, and our willow baskets. So she now has 3 cardboard boxes scattered around the house, a horizontal willow-type material mat, and her scratching post in our room too. We haven't had any problems since- I just have to watch her when she's hyper and in the lounge around the sofa. We're seeing the vet next monday for second round vaccinations, microchipping, and nail trimming too, which should help with the sofa immensely!
I don't want to you to feel like you're forced into anything, but there are so many humane alternatives out there if you can't find the cause of the behaviour that declawing isn't really a reasonable option. Even spraying her with a bit of water is better than that, and I'm pretty set against the water idea too for most things.
had 2 cats previously and 1 kitten now
· 1 decade ago