We are looking to adopt a cat, and a cat we may have the opportunity to adopt is actually already declawed. I'm of course against declawing cats, but I'm willing to consider taking in a declawed cat that needs to be re-homed as the procedure has already been done, probably years ago, and of course cats need homes regardless of whatever their previous owners have done.
My concern is though I know that declawing can possibly lead to mobility issues, and my home has many stairs. All of them are carpeted. The person trying to re-home the cat says the cat is able to go up and down stairs just fine currently. I'm planning on meeting the cat in person to verify if this is true. But what I'm specifically wondering is if the declawing will make it much more likely the cat will lose mobility as it ages? Can declawed cats be okay with navigating stairs even in old age?