Hi everyone! I am new here. I am an avid animal lover and I grew up with cats. The last cat my family had, Rocky, was truly one of a kind and I have not had a cat in many years since he passed I recently decided it was time to bring a furry companion into my life... ENTER MISSY THE TORTIE!!! Yes, she is of the "tortoiseshell" coloring and everything I have read suggests that "torties" have attitude. Well Missy was found by my friend's cousin. She was near starving and full of mats and fleas and had worms. The woman took her to the vet, got her all cleaned up and vaccinated and then brought her home for a couple of months. She could not keep Missy so I adopted her. I bought a book called "think like a cat" because while I have had cats before, I always had them from kittens...this is my first experience with a stray. I work with a pug dog rescue, so I am familiar with animals who have been through trauma/great change. I know that Missy needs time and patience. I set her up with a "safe room" with litter box, food, water, scratching post and bed. She mostly just hides in the bed. She hisses at me if I come close. I have been able to pet her head a few times and she definitely likes that but then goes back to hissing at me the next time she sees me I have tried hand feeding her and she was hesitant at first but eventually took the tuna (from a fork, not my actual hand). I guess what I want to know is if I should just let her do her own thing or if I should try to handle her more so she gets used to me. I took the book's suggestion of sitting in there with her and reading to her so she gets used to my voice. I bought Feliway and spray it in the room (she hisses at that sound too). I am feeding her well and keeping her litter box clean. I guess I am just more used to dogs who will warm up to a kind-hearted person immediately. Is there anything more I can do to make her feel comfortable in her new home?!