Kitty is our 4 year old cat that I brought home as a three week old feral orphan. Kitty ruined our last couch (not that it was worth a hoot, but anyhow) with her clawing. There are 8 EIGHT different scratching devices in this house. Three uprights, two towers, and three of the cardboard disposable ones that are a favorite of our other cat. I have tried sprays, a water pistol, keeping her nails trimmed, double sided "scratch no more" tape, you name it, I've tried it. Thought about trying nail caps but she'd have to be sedated to put them on and I can't see driving her to the vet an hour away every time one comes off. Even trimming her nails is a two person job, since she is still a very wild cat. Tried to give her a pill one time and ended up needing stitches. We just spent several thousand dollars on new furniture. Tonight I caught Kitty scratching the corner of the new couch and when I checked it, sure enough there's evidence that it wasn't her first time. Kitty is getting declawed just as soon as I can get her an appt. Used to work for a vet, consider the procedure barbaric myself, but when it comes down to her getting declawed or being rehomed, I think she's getting the better deal. I am just so mad at this cat right now!!!!!! Felt like I should highlight that part so folks could see I'm not exactly jumping for joy about having the declawing done.