I would like to see a declawed cat do what this cat is doing. I don’t think a declawed cat can hang on to a smooth post like this without claws. I don’t think he would get up it either. We frequently read statements from pro-declaw cat owners saying how their cat can still climb etc. after being declawed. I’d love to see their cats do this. Pro-declawers are really trying to justify why they declaw their cat.
This cat has beautiful claws and this is a nice example of how they are used by a cat. Cats live vertically (travel upwards and downwards in trees) and horizontally. They should be given the opportunity to move in both dimensions. Without claws this natural desire is curtailed, which is one of many reasons why declawing is wrong.
About the picture: I don’t have a clue who took it. Really nice picture. I am publishing it here nonetheless because that is the way the internet works at present. If someone does not like what I have done please tell me and I will so something about it, quickly.