Re: Silent Feral Cat, Now Meowing
Welcome Mia, and a big "Thank You" for doing what you can for the ferals. I also trap, tame and socialize cats and kittens for adoption. I've only had one adult go through the adoption center, the other adults remained our own house cats.
Pretty was my most challenging cat to tame from completely feral. I TNR'd her in late 2004 and it took *years* of working with her to get her to the points of me touching her (14mo from TNR to 1st faint touch of her fur by my fingers), petting her, putting her on my lap, lifting her to set on chairs, letting her indoors, indoors overnight, picking her up and holding her and in the last 6+mo or so, my husband has been working on socializing her to men and doing a great job. She was silent for a very long time, and I'd say that since my husband began working with her, her eyes have gone from 'wide' to 'relaxed', will remain sleeping when we walk in/through a room and she will play and meow to us for attention, even jumping ON us and walking all over us, even the husband.
...so, yes, I do think that when ferals finally decide that we are "okay", they give themselves to us with all they have... Sounds to me like your Spot has decided you're finally "his" and he is meowing to let you know. Good job!