Strays start allowing touch after a full year!
Today one of my strays (they're all born in the streets), whom I've been feeding and caring for during a year now, allowed me to stroke her forehead for a few seconds for the first time. I never thought it'd happen. I'm elated!
Another stray, who had been the terror of the colony and used to be wild, sat on my lap last week for the first time. I had invited her only once some days before, and I was sure she didn't even understand what I meant. Turns out she'd been thinking about it since the invitation, and a couple days ago she just very timidly started, very slowly, to climb my lap, first her front paws, then her chest...and then she was visibly gathering the courage till she went for it and just sat on my lap full body.
The dynamic with the strays is they watch bolder, friendlier strays act with me for months, then one day they decide to be brave and try the same thing for the first time.
I love how cats take the time to trust and don't just rush to contact with humans just because other cats are doing it.
And I enjoy my "victories" all the more because they're so hard-earned. A full year, day in, day out, under scorching sun and under hail, and then one day out of the blue, I get my dream!
The Royal von Meouw Dynasty: His Royal Highness the late Prince von Meouw,
Her Royal Highness Princess Gatita von Meouw, Nikita Duchess of Meouw and
His Highness Cuchi-Cuchi, next in line for the throne of Prince von Meouw.