cat is wild and untouchable

by avery
(wedowee, al.)

we have never owned a cat. we moved to a rural area at the end of a road on a large lake. seems to be favorite place for local yahoos to dump animals that they have tired of. five cats we have placed in good homes, a couple of dogs went to animal shelter.

about 10 months ago someone dropped a precious all black female kitten that we had to keep. did all the vet things and we love her. about 8 months ago s large mature male showed up at night and we would occasionally get a glimpse of him. we would always put omething out for him to eat and finally he was coming every night. now he is staying around pretty much around the clock. he sleeps with her and will come in on the screen porch at night to sleep, we have lots of coyotes, but when he comes in or goes out he runs past us and when he is around we have to give him plenty of space not to scare him. when we feed him we can get arms length but no closer. will this change and is there anything we can do to make him more comforable with us.

Answer from Kate
the simple answer is "time".

It sounds like you are doing everything for him and as you have no idea of what his life as been like up to know it is understandable that he is very nervous.

Basically he needs time to build his confidence and learn to trust you.

You could try some of the bonding techniques mentioned on this page

God bless you for being there to look after all these waifs and strays

best wishes Kate

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