About 7 months ago there was a feral cat outside with a litter of kittens. I trapped all of them, fostered the kittens (they have since been adopted out via my local animal shelter), and got the mom spayed and rabies vaccine. Was going to release her, but then MY MOM felt bad for her and thought that she could socialize her. So she has been working on it the past 7 months, and the cat is very nice to her but doesn’t like strangers and hisses and spits. My mom already has 2 other cats and the plan was to socialize and adopt out the feral cat. HOWEVER, since my mom is the only human the cat really likes (although she still bites and scratches her sometimes), I know that she won’t show well and I doubt any animal shelter will take her since she’s “feral”.
I’m looking for a solution here. On one hand, I’d love to see the cat be able to be happy as someone’s pet, but there is no one that is going to adopt a mean cat. I’d like my mom to get her shown at a shelter or a pet store or something just to learn whether or not she could possibly show well. I also think that just being at my mom’s house isn’t allowing her to grow because she isn’t being introduced to any new experiences so I’m thinking maybe if she goes to the shelter she will be forced to come around (maybe). Another alternative is to wait until Spring and let her be an outside cat. The longer my mom keeps her the worse this idea becomes because she is getting used to being inside (if I put her outside I would give her shelter and feed her – I would just be worried she wouldn’t come back).
Any ideas (my mom lives 1 ½ hours away which is why I don’t spend time with the cat)?