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Oh, my manners!
Welcome to CatForum and thank you for bettering the lives of these kitties. I foster, tame and socialize feral, semi-feral and poorly socialized kittens and cats for a local rescue. Most of mine and my husband's personal cats are former ferals who were tamed as adults outside before they came inside our home.
It sounds like you have made remarkable progress with your girl! (what is her name
First, you are right ... her showing you her belly IS the ultimate sign of trust. I would just keep working slowly and steadily towards being able to handle her. It will take time, but it can be done. One feral (Pretty
) took 4yrs to go from completely feral to a relaxed and confident housecat. In fact, it took me 14mo between TNR and the first time I was able to barely touch her fur at the food dish. My previous 'tough feral case' (Malibu
) was 5mo from TNR to first touch.
As for the kittens and spay/neuter ... do it ... and I bet you will be AMAZED!
I have found with my fosters, especially the ones who weren't too sure of me by the time they had to go for the s/n, the time they spent in The Scary Place was a learning experience because *I* returned and brought them back to my familiar home. *I* was their rescuer who brought them back to where they had been feeling very welcomed and comfortable ....and after they returned to my home
.... those last walls of reserve came CRASHING down and they accepted me FULLY and our socialization work moved forward by leaps and bounds. Because
of the s/n experience and especially ... coming back to familiar me. Chances are high that it can be the same experience for them and you, too.
Best of luck with your crew! Piccies and names for all?