Eleven years ago, I adopted a cat that was already declawed, since its owner could no longer keep it. I am personally quite fervently opposed to declawing, but I took her in anyway since it obviously wasn't the cat's fault that she was declawed! I read up on the procedure at the time, and learned that as she aged, she might have some arthritis because declawing changes a cat's walking posture and over time, this can cause musculoskeletal problems. Now, she is getting on up in years and is having trouble jumping onto things that she used to be able to reach with no trouble and I'm wondering if I should be concerned. Every time I try to research this online though, all I come up with is page after page about how bad it is to declaw and almost nothing about what to do if you already have a declawed cat. I want to know basic things like how long her life expectancy is, what problems to look out for, warning signs, etc. Instead I just keep seeing disturbing images about the reality of declawing, which I could never stomach in the first place. Does anyone have any practical advice or information for me? Obviously a trip to the vet is imminent, but getting this cat into a crate and to a vet is not a simple proposition...she is feisty and a bit aggressive -- and she can shoot anal fluid across the room on command if she thinks she's being put into a crate. I just want to know from anyone who has experienced owning an aging declawed cat what your experiences were. No judgment from me about your cat's declawing, and please don't judge me either...I'm not the one who declawed her.