We took in an 8-year-old feral, whom we named "Straycat" and by the time he died six years later, I could pet his head, he would "supervise" any work my husband was doing around the house or yard, and would rub himself against my and my husband's legs, and brought us "presents". I have a huge scar on my leg where he bit me when I tried to get him into a carrier for some urgent medical attention. Another feral we took in was roughly 6 months old. She slept in our bed the second night, and decided the third day that human laps were the most comfortable place in the world (and potted plants the best toilets!) I think it really depends on the cats' characters, experiences and, perhaps, ages, though I'm not too sure about the latter. I (intermittently, because of cat-induced asthma attacks) work in a "cat home", and some of the young kittens taken in never become people-oriented, while some older cats, whom we know grew up on the streets before they were trapped, come to greatly appreciate cuddling with humans. If you are dealing with ferals, you just have to grin and bear it. Some are going to remain pretty wild, and others will become "babies". They ALL need help, some place to get warm, enough to eat, and medical attention when it becomes necessary. Why insist that they become "lap cats"?