OKAY change of direction. Please advise!
So I tried to tame these kitties just in the storefront for a month. I saw some progress, especially with the more daring of the two, Sekai, who started to come out into the room and move around and even eat occasionally while I was still there. Midori however always found a spot to stay in and remained there the whole time I was there, sometimes it would be very visible on the windowsill, sometimes it would a lot more discreet in the corner of the uppermost shelf of a dark room in the back of the space.
It was incredibly hard to spend more than 20-40 minutes with them a day because I work full time and when you add in the bus time out to my work and back my day is like 11 hours long so when I come home I just want to stay there. Also, the storefront space was really dirty and stinky and I couldn't stand being in there so I know the kitties must have hated it!!! This made me think since I was planning to tame & adopt them anyway that I should just trap the girls for spaying and bring them to my house.
I talked to the lady who found the kitties/was keeping them at the storefront and we forged plans for trapping.
I have one kitty back from her spaying (Sekai, the more active one) as of last night. When I moved her there she was in a carrier, I covered the carrier with a sheet I gave them that she and Midori used to sleep on at the storefront thinking it might comfort her, and then set her in the spare room while I prepared it for her. It is mostly empty, one of the doorways has no door in it so I had to temporarily barricade that using a couch and the two pieces of this futon frame we've kept in there for now. After I set it up and laid out some fresh food and water for her I opened the carrier so she could explore. (They were not caged in the storefront either. They have lived together in the storefront for over a year uncaged, hence my hesitancy to separate or cage them.) She did not leave the carrier while I was in there but when I came back she was hiding under the futon frame and she had eaten some of the food that I left for her. Over night she ate more of the food, and was still hiding there when I visited her before work this morning. My main question here is should I leave the frame there if she can hid there and it makes her pretty inaccessible to me? Should I give her something like the box instead, mentioned above, that allows her to feel the comfort of a hiding space but still remain clearly visible to me? Should I remove any kind of space she can hide in? It seems there are a lot of different schools of thought on this.
Now, her sister Midori was trapped yesterday! This was exciting because the first time we tried to trap her she was able to get at the food without it going off because the trap was really big, and she is small, and also very clever. So she was spayed this morning and I will pick her up after work tomorrow and take her home. I am wondering if I should keep Midori in the same spare room as Sekai. If so, should I let her be loose in the room with Sekai or should I keep her in a cage? Or should I keep her in a separate room, like my bedroom? Midori is very frightened and will not let people get very close to her, whereas Sekai has let people pet her in the past and has a generally positive, friendly and exploratory nature. I feel Sekai has progressed since I started working with them and don’t see the same with Midori, in case that affects what I should do once they are both at my house.
Those are my current questions. Please advise!