I rescue-adopted a young cat that was "made feral" by an irresponsible breeder - he was kept in a cage 100% of the time with other kittens but without any petting or ever being let out. I accepted him three days ago; he is a full 5 months old. I have him in a quiet room with food and a sandbox. He rejected wet food but is eating premium dry kitten food (he was underweight) and using the box. He mews very piteously, but when I go in, he scrambles wildly to hide and must be lifted by the scruff of his neck from one of his hiding places to get him out of hiding. Yesterday I tried holding him very gently on a soft blanket on my lap, without actually stroking him, but he did not relax at any point even after a half hour. I am afraid if I don't start holding him now, and just duplicate his caged life in a bigger space, he will stay ferel, especially because he is now 5 months old and is probably running out of time to become fully accepting of people. He won't come out to eat while I am there. Any advice would be very welcome. Thank you so much!
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5/19/06 at 11:04am