Good idea to take him in, keep up posted !
Just a slight aside (going back quite a lot of posts) - just because he is not spraying doesn't mean he is neutered.
I know, I've heard from various people that male cats that aren't neutered don't always spray. And look at my cat... neutered as a kitten and sprays.
The people that work at the cat sanctuary aren't the total experts, just cat lovers, so I wasn't about to take their word on it.
However you trap him you can expect him to be pretty upset for a few days after you re-release him to the garage...but you might be able to minimize that if you put the trap in there (unset) ASAP.
Yeah, I just hope it isn't back to square one or a case of never trusting me after he's trapped. I read somewhere that the person that traps the cat should pass the cat along to another person to tame if at all possible.
Maybe I'll send a family member in to set the trap...
I put the trap in the garage last night (not opened, as when it's opened it's set to go off... no middle ground) ... the plan is to set it tonight or very early tomorrow morning.
Poor little kit, that wound does look sore. I hope you can get him in ASAP to get him tested, treated, and neutered.
I don't know how long he's had it. I don't imagine he could have got anything like that from the garage, so he's had it over two weeks and it still looks like that. Probably got a bite from a wild animal while fighting over food.
The food aggression you can pretty much chalk up to him having to fend for himself for a while, IMO, and it'll likely go away with time. He's warming up to you pretty quick...he sounds a LOT like Jitzu when I first got her.
The thing to remember is that when he reacts negatively to you it's not because he 'hates you' or is 'angry' ect. It's either because he feels you're a threat (with the food or when you're standing) or because he's scared. You moving is scarey to him and he's still getting used to you sitting still!
If he doesn't get over it in the next few months I'm not sure what I'll do, I can't walk around wearing thick gloves forever, his bites aren't warning bites, they're out to draw serious blood... last night he came over and tried biting my hand/the litter scooper while I was cleaning the litter box. Today he tried biting me... again... while picking up an empty food dish. He pretty much tries this every time
I pick up the food dish, just sometimes he's not at a good angle to attack. He would likely try biting my hand as I put the food down as well but he's too intent on eating the food to attack... usually.
He makes these huffing noises too and is puffed up like a balloon, along with hissing and low growling and lunging at my hands -- thankfully never at my legs yet.
I really wonder on leaving out dry food 24/7 and giving a little wet food as a treat once a day... except I worry he'd explode from trying to eat it all.
I crouched down while he was in an aggressive stance today and it was about a 50/50 chance, he'd either lunge at my out stretched hand biting like he intended on dragging it off to eat, or start rubbing against it. At one point he even rolled around on the ground while I was crouched down... as soon as I started standing up it was back to allout warfare.
One thing that helped me tame feral kittens, and also helps with nervous animals of all kinds is reading out loud. I know it sounds silly, but there are reasons that I believe this works.
I've been doing this for an hour or two daily since day one.
Using a Kindle, so not as much hand movement, but I think today he stopped seeing my hand as only a food dispenser. Usually whenever I moved my hand he was ready to lunge in its direction for treats but today he would just watched it move instead.
He looks absolutely adorable, and I bet he'll tame down just fine...and I know you've got the patience for it 'cause you already have Blacky
I hope he does, but I'm a little at a loss with him. Blacky was never aggressive without a cause (me pushing her boundries too far) ... fight or flight, she took off.