Re: bringing an outdoor cat inside
My housecats are fed by the backdoor and I was feeding my ferals on my back patio at the same time. What I would do, after everyone ate, was open the door a crack and hold my hand in it, keeping both the door closed and open enough for nose sniffs and footsies. As soon as there was no aggressive claw swiping and/or growling, I would hold the door open far enough for nose sniffs and eyeball-to-eyeball visual contact. Eventually, if the outside cat wanted to come in, I'd let them. In Pretty's case, she would come in, get mobbed with love from most of the inside cats and then want to go right back out, because she was nervous of being contained so close to people. Over time, her inside visits became longer/longer until eventually she was spending nights inside and using the litterbox.