Quoting Minion:" <blockquote><b>Quoting RonniG:</b>" Declawing a cat is cruel and lazy. I don't really ... [snip!] ... of. I brought her into my home to be with us for the rest of her life. This is the best way to take care of her and my son."
Cat scratch fever can also be transmitted through their saliva onto broken skin. So if your child has a cut and is licked... it can be transmitted. So if that's your worry, I'd give the cat to another home. I sure as hell wouldn't declaw my cat. I will say that I had strictly indoor cats that escaped outside numerous times and I am SO glad they had their claws because one of my cats had to escape a dog that ate cats. Another time she had to find refuge in a tree on a mountain because the stubborn ass cat wouldn't come to me. She was out overnight and Im glad she could go in a tree because we had coyotes and other animals that would tear her apart if she went far enough into the mountain.