Terribly Terrified Kitties??? :O(
After our elderly four-legged family passed we decided to take a break from pets. After a couple years we decided our home needed some fuzzy ones in our laps, waking us up in bed and running around our legs while we walked around. Also felt it best to adopt some rescue cats so looked all around. Found a pair of 4-year olds that were sooooo loving but after much discussion decided to go with kittens and start with little fuzz balls. After a couple weeks of searching we found two beautiful rescue girl kitties at a reputable local service, one a black and white one (Breeze) with a crooked tail and a tortoise mottled brown one (Torts) who acted very shy. Met them, loved them (as we love all fuzzy ones) and brought them home February 8th.
When we got home with both in a carrier, placed the carrier on the floor and opened to door. Breeze basically went to sleep in the carrier while Torts immediately darted out of the carrier and hid in every crook she could find. Was a mess even trying to get her. Had them together in a spare bathroom first night but then prepped and had them in a spare bedroom that we had decorated with scratching posts, climbing towers with high sleeping spots and toys. They were both scared of us and wouldn't let us get near them let along touch them. Kind of felt we just need patience and take it slow.
After a couple weeks in the room and them still avoiding us at all costs, we left the bedroom door open allowing them to explore. Breeze would explore, Torts would fight her way into the smallest hiding spots often under furniture and behind cabinets. They also discovered the low tiny space under the bed frame and seemed to either be under there or tucked away back in their room. We blocked off the majority of their hiding spots, at least the ones that we were worried they would get stuck in, be they were still in 100% avoidance mode.
Breeze will come out in the evenings and play with a laser pointer, or balls or little toys but won't let us touch her or get too close. Torts rarely comes out of the room. Tried to hold them to get them used to us and brush them and although it gains us the chance to see what they feel like, they don't tolerate it long. Tried bribing them with tuna and canned cat food but although they come out to eat, they'll run from the dish if we get too close. Breeze will hang out near us, Torts wants her food and then run and hide.
Now after two months, it's getting a little frustrating. If we get out the brush, Breeze will let us brush her and she'll push on our hands and arms, roll around on her back purring and grabbing us, but then when she's done, she's off. Torts will allow us to brush her and although she purrs, she has a lower tolerance level for interactions with humans.
In the mornings, they want their food but as soon as they're done, they run from us like we're chasing them with a chain saw. After a little while Breeze will hang out in the house but Torts will be hidden somewhere.
So we're reaching out to real folks with real cats to see what can be done. We like having cats but when you can't even touch them or interact with them it's like watching them on TV. They eat, they poop, they sleep, but we have to watch from a distance. At this point in our lives we're really getting stressed. Not saying we're giving up but we both work more than full time and have busy lives, was hoping we would be enjoying our kitties and they would be enjoying us. Not liking just seeing them at a distance and having them act like we're attacking them just walking around.
Any help or advice???