I'm told its incredibly painful for a cat, so I would never get it done.
Not only that, but frequently the ancillary nerve damage causes permanent pain that can't be relieved.
We have two 8 month old kittens. We trimmed their claws for a while, but really they only claw their scratching post (boy) and sisal scratching thingy on door (girl). They're very particular about which they'll claw.
They don't claw leather. For some reason, it doesn't work out.
Declawing via standard procedures should be illegal. Laser declawing is significantly less damaging, but still should be reserved only for dangerous cats.
They will be neutered when they are 6 months old
DON'T wait that long. They will have basically passed puberty by then, so you'll miss some of the benefits, including some cancer related ones if they're girls.
Get it done ASAP if they're past 6 weeks old. Waiting until about 8 weeks is optimal. Kittens recover from the surgery better than slightly older cats, and its less damaging.
Look for a vet that utilizes a carbon dioxide laser for the procedure. It may set you back 15% or so more for the procedure, but it has a host of benefits for the kitten and really, really reduces the recovery time.
Also, request sevofluorine gas as the anesthetic (frequently referred to as Sevo, it may be the brand name available as well). It has a significantly lower body load than other types of anesthetic for animals.
ASK AROUND. When you find a vet that offers both a carbon dioxide laser AND
sevo, you've found a good one.