i caught feral kittens and the mother cat, using live traps. i had the mother cat fixed and let her back out as she was too old to ever tame her enough. this was the consensus of the vet as well. i know the mother cat hangs out a lot at a neighbors house who feeds her, so i know she is ok, but it's day to day, having to deal with the elements. however, since the kittens had been in the wild a long time. they would not have anything to do with humans. there was no way i could get close enough to pick them up, let alone, trim their nails. they destroyed many things in my house and never used the scratching post. i used sprays and sticky paws...to no avail. one of them bit me, while trying to get him in the carrier for their check up and shots. the bite caused a terrible infection in my hand which required a trip to the emergency room. the pain was almost unbearable as it traveled up my arm. i knew i had a choice to make, either give them up to a shelter, or keep them, where they are safe, fed, warm and loved. but in order to do that, i declawed them to ensure a more happy, healthy relationship and environment all around. they were declawed, using the laser, at the same time i had them fixed. the cost of the laser was NOT more than the typical declawing methods. they had some down time, but rebounded very well.
i understand there are many against this, but given the choice, i wanted to keep them and they ARE happy, playful and not sick. They still don't like to be handled by humans, but enjoy palying with each other. if i left them outside, dealing with a lot more issues, i'm not sure how long they would survive.
this is my story, whether you agree with it or not, but felt that it needed to be told as i'm sure there are others who might be in the same or similar situation. there are 2 sides to every story.