I am trying to tame a feral kitten. I read articles that say you should reward the "sit in a lap calmly and be petted" sessions with treats. PLUS, I need to give her medicine twice a day (I have "taming sessions" about 4 times a day...first and last with meds). So I really want to give her a treat, not only for the "you were a good girl and didn't fuss about being with a human" AND taking her medicines. BUT! She won't eat treats! No canned food, no moist Pounces... I haven't tried table scraps yet, because I don't really cook and don't want to give her processed junk that I normally eat.
So how do I give her extra reward, other than the little snuggling time, so she knows this is a good thing?
She's perfectly fine, (snuggly, kneading, purring up a storm) while she's in my lap... if she's out (before and after), and I get near, she gets all hissy...it's kinda funny the total change in her!
P.S. Although I'm treating her pneumonia and taming her, she'll remain an outdoor/stay-with-the-colony cat. My landlord won't allow any cats in the house, I can only keep them outside. So she's staying in a puppy training crate on the patio, and I just bring her into the bathroom for the taming sessions - just in case she escapes my lap, then she really has nowhere to run off to and hide.
This is similar to what I have, but I have a dark blue blanket draped over the cage, and a wool blanket in the carrier (no straw yet, so still needed something if it gets damp from her stepping in the water, she'll still be warm)