I took in a "barn" cat. I wasn't aware of the term feral at that time. He was several months old. He is the first and only cat I ever declawed. My daughter and husband held that cat - wouldn't let him down unless he was calm. I have lost some ( many )items to urine but for the most part he let's me know he wants out...I think having an elder cat here first helped educate him. As a barn cat he was aware of humans so maybe he isn't actually a feral cat. I have always had rescued cats and my experience made me more tolerant of this one and he has come a long way. Inconclusion: A barn kitten is still a desirable pet.