I am working with a three-month-old feral kitten. She has only been with me for about 10 days. When she arrived, with her brother, they were both terrified. I had never heard kittens scream before! Anyway, we separated the two and the boy kitten is at another house. The female has been combo tested and I am socializing her ready for adoption. She has come a long way. When I pick her up, she loves to be petted. She rolls over for her tummy to be rubbed. She purrs up a storm. Uses the litter box just fine and is now learning how to play with the Cat Dancer. She also likes a toy mouse. The problem is that we seem to have reached a plateau. She still hides behind the toilet or in her carrier in the bathroom and she still hisses upon seeing me for the first time. In order for her to be adopted, she needs to have the courage to approach me for the attention that she clearly enjoys. I take her into the other rooms in her carrrier so that she can "meet" my cats and she seems comfortable with that. What do I do at this point to encourage her to make the leap of faith and come to me? I remember when I fostered four kittens that I snatched out of the wilderness. They ran to me every time I opened the bathroom door. I would love for this kitten to get there.
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1/1/06 at 4:33pm