- Sep 19, 2020
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Hi I am working with a feral kitten to socialize him. My guess is he is around the 12 week mark. He has come a long way but still runs away as I walk around the room making it hard to get him further used to touch now that he is out in the room instead of in his socialization crate. I don’t want to chase him and make him feel hunted by humans, but I do feel he would benefit from more touching and holding. He will play with me and he will come up to me (creeps up) for food only when hungry and with a patience not to make him nervous. so I have been trying to hold him in my lap for meal times more and am hand feeding him. He spends a lot of time watching and moving to a different spot in the room if we get close. I have been trying to touch him more during play since he will also get closer for that so I can get a pet here and there in without him getting too startled, start trying to hide away and/or run around to avoid being touched. He still squirms away from it a lot though. (Though today I got a couple good pets in and he just laid down and let me once I got a couple strokes down his back in which is big for him!!) When held, he will relax some times and try to jump away other times. He is not a biter or scratcher, but I was wondering if you had advice for helping him not be so fearful of people walking around, moving, or getting close to him. I want to do the best by him that I can. Thanks!