Elvis my foster kitten..
Elvis was approximately 8 to 10 weeks when captured outside on his own with the rescue I foster for - he was captured the DAY I called the rescue telling them I would be willing to take one more cat in. Fate? Maybe.. but who knows. I think he's trying to teach me something here...
I don't have much experience with trying to 'tame' feral cats, or however you'd call it. I would say he's 'semi-feral' since he does come out and about.
Let me just explain - I know I had kind of introduced him prior to this when I was last on here (I've been so busy and MIA - I apologize! and miss you girls!!)
Elvis was being kept downstairs in my 'foster room' with Thomas Omalley and Pookie, [Pookie has finally been adopted after having her since the end of June. I am SO happy for her!] Thomas and Elvis hit it off right away and they have kind of bonded together. Thomas is also a shy cat, he's a little skittish. Anyways - knowing that they are both nervous I moved them upstairs in my living room in a cage, so that they could get used to everyday sounds.
While Elvis was downstairs I could pick him up and hold him close to me, and love on him, and he was content and even purred, and he'd never fight me. Now that he is upstairs he won't allow me to really do this without a struggle. - When he was downstairs he only got out of the cage when he was in my arms, now that he's upstairs I block off my living room and dining room and let him hang in these two rooms with whatever ones of my kitties will want to hangout with them.. mostly it's my pumpkin Sampson who wants to play with Elvis and Thomas just kind of does his own thing. [I just recently even have left the gate down because they've been figuring out how to jump over it] They do pretty good. Our nightly routine consists of putting wet food in their cage and they end up going right in and eating/pigging out, and I lock them back out.
My main concern here is... I want to work with Elvis so he isn't so afraid of ME. I want him to not run away from me when he's out and about. I want him to feel comfortable to stay where he is, or to let me come over to him and pet him. OR better yet for him to come to ME! HOW HOW HOW?
I have no idea. I fed him wet food with my hands when he's in the cage, and he'll come up to me there.. when he's in the cage he doesn't run to the back of the cage when I open it or away from me. It's when he's out and about.
(Now - keep in mind; it's hard for me to do too much singularly when he's out and about because of my dogs & my other cats; but if I have to I can lock the cats up for a little bit of time in the bedroom while I work with these two)
I really also would love for him to not fight me tooth and nail when I pick him up and cuddle him (I know he likes it as I had previously gotten purrs out of him for this.)
I want to make him better & am hoping if Thomas ever gets some bites then I could persuade the person into taking his buddy Elvis. But Elvis needs to better himself for this, as well.
Danielle & the seven meowzers.
Eechy, Boogeyman, Sophie, Ramona, Luigi, Sampson & Henry.