If you have a cat, you may also consider declawing it. This practice used to be extremely painful for cats but as procedures are being updated with newer and more effective technology, it is becoming quite close to painless. There are certain situations where declawing your cat would be considered a good idea and other situations where it is a horrible idea!
If your cat may go outside, you should allow him or her to keep her claws as a means of defense. However, if your cat is scratching all of your furniture and there is no chance of him or her getting outside, declawing is an option for you.
Should you have further questions about neutering, spaying or declawing your pet, contact your trustworthy veterinarian. S/he will be able to answer all of your concerns.