- Jun 4, 2023
New to the forum...My husband and I have been feeding a stray backyard cat since mid January. For months, he'd eat the food, appearing by our deck door in the early morning. After he ate, he would just leave with no interaction. I was often greeted with a hiss...it was a long time before I heard him meow. At the end of April, we trapped him so Animal services could neuter him, give him shots and a flea treatment. In the last 2 weeks, he's now head butting me and today sat in my lap for over 10 minutes. I have to stay stock still...if I try to pet him, he will hiss and swat at me, even if he's rubbing against my hand and face.. I know its going to take longer to socialize him, but was wondering if there's anything I can do to counter the hissing and swatting now. We figure he's been a stray for probably 4 years, so has some feral traits.