Do you have a cat scratching up your couch and you are ready to have it declawed? Before you do, check out a product called Soft Claw Nail Caps. It was developed by a veterinarian to help save cats from the declawing procedure. The caps are made of vinyl and are glued to the tips of your cat’s claws. They prevent damage when your cat wants to scratch.
One package of Soft Claws contains 40 nail caps, 2 tubes of non-toxic adhesive, applicator tips and an easy instruction sheet. The manufacturer claims that there should be enough nail caps for 4 applications on front claws. Since each application is supposed to last about 4-6 weeks, one package can last 4-6 months.
Soft Claws also come in various sizes and colors (including clear) for the most discerning cat (and owner).
Another, even better, solution is to get the cat to use a scratching post. They are sold by petstores, but you can make one at home by covering a wooden post in an old carpet.
For more information about Scratching Posts, see this.