If I'm not mistaken, the laser declawing process is much more humane. It's fairly new, and pretty expensive. If you had done the one I am thinking of, they actually only remove the claw -- not the bone, and it heals very fast and there is much less pain involved. The kitty still won't be able to defend itself if it escapes into the wild, but at least he doesn't have all his fingers amputated. Is this what you had done?