I am torn. Kind of literally lol. Friendly barn kitties always on my lap means my thighs always look and feel like a pincushion. But I hate to take away their means of defense or, in the case of rodents, offense. So how critical is the length and sharpness of those little weapons?
Arrange whatever pieces come your way. - Virginia Woolf
Did you know that if you say the word "GULLIBLE" really softly, it sounds like "ORANGES"?
I'd be sure they were UTD on rabies as it can spread form a scratch with cats (from licking/grooming themselves so mcuh). I hate to be such a broken record (aka neurotic) about barn cats and rabies but you would be surprised how many of my neighboring farmers don't bother!!!!! So no offense meant if you have already vaccinated you can ignore this paragraph
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My meows are all indoor only, but they have all been taught that their sharp little fingers are not allowed in my flesh. Whenever they start to kneed on me, I tuck their paws down (fold at the wrist) and tell them "easy" and they all understand after just a few tries (and they get dumped with no more pets if they continue to use their claws on me.)
Could you teach the kitties to be gentle with you instead of clipping their claws?
I NEVER trim barn kitty nails - not even to go to the vet. They are so dependent on having this defense. Whether in a dispute with another cat/animal, or to do their mousing job (like that happens) or to climb a tree to escape. House kitties have regular trimmings.
I do have one barn cat who showed up some years ago who is declawed on the front! He manages very well, but knows to stay near the barn for safety.