A few months back an approximately 6 month old kitten would show up in my yard, pass through, and then dart away the moment he saw me through a window or if I opened the door. He would show up once or twice a week and I assumed he was someone's pet and left it at that. Then one day he stopped showing and I figured he was fine at home.
Six months ago a friend found a stray she couldn't keep and we agreed to take him. Maybe 8 months old or so. Shortly thereafter the vagabond kitten started coming back into my yard. Imagine my surprise when these two male cats, mine neutered, the other not, decided to be friends and would be rolling around in the grass, climbing trees, and wrestling. This has been going on now for about three months or so. He began hanging around here throughout the day, every day, so we've been feeding him, as well. During this time he was skittish and fearful of upright, two-legged things that were always present, always keeping his distance. About two months ago I trapped him, had him neutered, vaccinated, and dewormed. He's gained weight and looks good.
Recently he has relaxed a bit around us and we can now pet him briefly. He'll come running if he sees or hears us, and will rub against my leg, (and by the way, whenever he does this he always feels the need to give my leg a little bite. . .why?)
OK. . .where am I going with this? He wants to come into the house and we have opened the door and he has wandered in. But the moment he does my cat pounces on him in a way that isn't as playful as when they are outside. It's almost as if my cat is setting a boundary: you can share my yard but not my house. Is this possible? If so, can this cat ever be fully domesticated and become a welcome member of the household? Or will he always be semi-feral?
Thanks for listening!