Originally Posted by CDM
I just have to share my progress with people who understand. I've read about how some ferals can be tamed and that you should never give up. I have to admit that I figured it would never apply to my skittish big male feral. I just knew he was wild forever and I'd never get near him. After TNR, he disappeared for 3 weeks and it's taken months for him to stay within 20' of me when I feed him. All of a sudden yesterday, he ran right over to the food bowl as I set it down and began to eat. I reached out, touched him, and he rubbed against my leg! Same thing this morning. I've been feeding him for only 5-1/2 months, but I know he's been on his own for well over 2 years. I would talk to him but never sit down while he ate. Looks like that ignoring trick worked great on him.
ALL my cats are outside cats and with group of 18 (6 new ones born yesterday, yeh, I know BIG problem) I have one male tom that will actually tolerate me holding him and carrying him around, hes beautiful. I have another female that is very affectionate with me and the other cats and even the dogs here (the new puppy is like "bug off Kid" LOL.) She loves me to pet her and will let me hold her briefly. The rest of them follow me around, because they have become familiar with me because I am the only one who feeds them. I havent tried but I dont think too many of the others will tolerate being held.
I have problems when someone asks me if my cats are ferral. While they all stay outside, they have different personalities... out of the kittens that were born 5 months ago, one of those will let me hold it too. I DO believe that, if given the opportunity that about half if not more of them could be trained to be house cats.
Its so great to hear about your kitty