It was a long road and I experienced a lot of anxiety and worry as I made this journey. As it turns out, many of my fears were in vain. My former feral is neutered and his respiratory and eye infections are cleared. He uses his litter box like a champ. Turns out, he's a lap cat, my very first. He won't leave my lap until I physically move him. He loves to be held and carried. He has accepted the other members of my family at last. Right now, he is peacefully sleeping in his window seat right now atop a fluffy blanket as the snow piles up outside. When I took him to the vet and found out that he was already 8 years old (with only 2 teeth left), I was doubtful that I could stop the territorial spraying inside the house but he has completely stopped! I doubted that he would ever learn to use a litterbox, but he watched my other cat and followed her lead. I thought he would hate me for neutering him at this advanced age, but he bounced back the same day and has only been sweeter. My senior cat doesn't seem to mind him being here, either. I think she was bored and it has added a little interest to her days. I am sure he prefers this to the woods he was living in, woods inhabited by packs of coyotes that howl all night. He was so skittish, so fearful. I did not think we would ever get here, but here we are. People doubted me and even questioned my judgment about taking in a feral. I am glad I did not listen to them. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. Good luck to all of you who love a feral, or many ferals. Thank you to all the people who help colonies. You are heroes to me.Thanks for having this forum available for support. It is the best resource that I have found. Also, I just wanted to share a tip that some might find helpful. I spent $300+ on this cat's medical care and money is/was tight. He was spraying in the house and I could not afford expensive enzyme cleaners (also they are not readily available in my rural community) but I do use Tide detergent which contains 4 types of enzymes. I put a very small amount of Tide in a spray bottle with some water, shook it up, and sprayed it on the areas he had marked. I was completely satisfied with the results. It really seemed to erase the scent. I am glad he has stopped. He now has full reign of the house and is no longer confined to the basement.