I have a stray who swats at me when I'm putting food in her plate. I've been feeding her daily for 4 years and spending lots of time with her. Right now we're at the stage where she lets me sneak a hand down her back and tail. This is great progress. I don't think she was abused, a lot depends on genetics, some cats are naturally more relaxed / trusting than others.
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.