I don't plan on bringing the kitten inside because my leasing company doesn't allow pets and I already got fined $500 last time I tried to save a stray (and a lot of fleas!) but it is so cute and small and makes for a nice companion when I am outside smoking. She always comes when she hears me (I've named her Rambo because I said my next kitten will be Rambo but I keep getting girls! and she's a diluted tortie so she looks camouflaged) and I feed her. I shoo away when other cats are stalking her for the food but I realized she doesn't really need me because I've seen her stand her ground despite her size. She doesn't live in a colony they all seem aggressive towards each other and out of the 8 or so cats around here none look like a sibling. I haven't tried to pet her (it's been about 3 weeks, she comes to my porch about 3 times a day and sits with me for over an hour sometimes -- day and night) but she seems comfortable to get close enough and usually leaves when I go inside. She did let me play with her and even pet her with one of those wands with feathers and balls at the end. She doesn't get startled if I make a noise (just looks over at me in disdain for interrupting her thoughts) but she tends to run away if someone else comes outside or makes a noise. She hissed at my friend who stupidly thought when I said it's "my kitty" it was my actual kitten and tried to pet her (she was also eating at the time) but didn't run away. I put some blankets out for her cause it's so cold where we live and she's started sleeping in them! Even when I'm not there! Body language-wise she sits all curled up but we had progress today when she laid on her side (I know cats usually protect their stomach until they're comfortable) until my boyfriend dropped a magazine and startled her. Never seen her get in the "halloween cat" stance but have heard her hiss at one person and several other cats.
Anyway point is: stray or feral? She's little I swear she can't be more than 10 weeks TOPS. Ideally I'd like to trap her and get her into the Barn Cat Buddies program of the no-killer shelter I adopted my mom's cat from. I have to wait for her to be placed before I can trap her and do so. But she's seeming to get so comfortable with me (she'll come very very close to my legs now) I'm afraid if she is truly feral I shouldn't encourage her "living" on my porch in case something goes wrong or peeves her off and she attacks. I'm a novice when it comes to feral/strays I just assume most of them have aggressive tendencies but enlighten me please!
Here she is, giving me 'tude for taking a picture of her while she's sleeping