|Purred: Mon Nov 15, '10 3:36pm PST |
|It can take quite a while, some it can take many months...
Living outside is essentially Darwin's survival of the fittest- an outdoor cat is always vigilant of predators, food, other cats, etc., even their nervous systems are always on "go." At any moment, they can be injured or killed, so they never truly get to "relax," food is never promised, even in a feral colony, as feeders can move, die, etc. This is probably the first time in a long time (the lap time & sweetness indicates he had human socialization at some point) that he's not had to be wary of his surroundings and look for food, watch out for cars, people, etc. Be mindful of that, and be patient with him as he learns to trust again. Although there are cat lovers out there, there are just as many, if not more, cat haters that will do lot of terrible things to cats, or just shoo them away in disgust...
So be kind, loving, and give him time. The kitty can pick up on your anxious energy, so its important to be clear minded, relaxed, and embrace the kitty's own time frame.
Meowmy has tamed many a feral and semi-feral (kitten and adult), and what really matters is quality time and patience
Hope this helps,
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