Former feral who is still untamed after four years...
In August of 2004 a little tortoiseshell kitten appeared at our door. She wasn't a tiny kitten, but a kitten nonetheless who was frightened to death of humans, thus signaling us that she was feral. Gradually we began to gain her trust, but she would only come within a foot of us... although she loved feeding time. It took us until January of 2005 to finally catch her via a humane animal trap, blanket, and tuna (our previous attempts excluded the blanket, which was our mistake). Anyway, she's been with us for four years, aside from November 22 to December 23, 2006 when she escaped and disappeared for a month (my mother sent her to live at my father's house which was two miles away, and we discovered a month later that she had taken that time to trek back to my mother's house). She almost practically feral again by the time we re-caught her, although with lots of patience I was able to finally pick her up.
Years later, however, she is still the frightened, feral-minded girl of the past. She panics and hisses when she is corned, and when anyone goes past her she tends to turn and bolt in the other direction. You would think that after four years she'd be a bit better, but she's not. She doesn't scratch or bite, and she only calms down when you begin to pet her... but getting near enough to pet her is a difficulty in and of itself.
Is there a way to make her more... lovable? Or at least more accepting of humans? With noisy kids running through the house it makes it more difficult, as well as five other cats at my mom's... What would you suggest?