There is no right way or wrong way to do it. Im just telling you
my experience. Your circumstances are different from mine and
you feels she needs to be off the street immediately then we
can all go from there to try to help with suggestings to smooth
Dont beat yourself up you have not done anything wrong so far.
The only thing youve done is shown compassion and moxy to
save this sweet kitty.
Ive only TNR and fostered since 2006. Its been a crash coarse.
One thing I have learned is there is not just one way. Every cat
is different, every circumstance is different. Being flexible to how
others are doing it is what counts. Big picture is were in it for the
cats. We can work it out as we go along in this journey.
Its your conviction she needs to be in and its not an option to
let her back out. Its way to dangerous. We can work with that.
If you did let her out it would be a 50/50 chance shed come back
and survive while she is gradually working her way into being your
house kitty. Now she has a 100% chance of survival.
I would put some cubes or upside down boxes with a cut open doorway
as safe hidey holes in your house. I would definitely invest in some
Feliway despensers and Composure Liquid. Ive never put CL in food
but only given it orally twice day and gotten immeidate results. Go
look on the Spirit Essence site also. I think those products are good.
I mentioned the cat box cuz I thought it would be easier for
you to manage then bringing in soil. Its been my experience
that all the ferals we had to keep for awhile use the litter boxes
with traditional litter. But for all we know if you switch she may
defy my experiences!
do what you want with that.
She seemed pretty tame outside and comfortable with you.
If she will let you sit in the area of the food dishes when you
put down soft food and gently talk to her and sit with her.
Edging closer and closer as she lets you.
She is a survivor that is why she is so freaked. She just
got dropped into a foreign situation to all her instincts.
Im betting she will adjust quickly because of her relationship
with you. She maybe skiddish for a while but she will come
around with your gently pushing her comfort zones by
eventually touching, petting, briefly holding.. etc.
Please know no one here would ever judge you or be critical of
your efforts. I know its hard to read a persons tones in their posts.
Were here to cheer you on and throw suggestions out that worked