Trying to figure out if this cat is feral or not

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Update: I’ve noticed that Minnie is particularly aggressive towards my male cat, Pinky. He attacked her a few times when she was still living outside. He would slip out when I tried to feed her and their would be a huge fight. I guess she still remembers him. Whenever she sees him through the gate, she will hiss and growl at him. Since he was receiving thyroid treatment and was away from the house for a few days, we used the opportunity to remove the gate and leave the door to the basement open all day and night to see if she would explore a little. We made some progress, but not as much as I’d like. She is very attached to me so she only seems to come up the steps when I’m around. She likes my dog Duke so she followed him into the living room a few times. But she quickly returns to the steps. She doesn’t really like my female cat, Cookie. She’s not aggressive around her, she’s just scared and will immediately run to the steps when she sees her. Since Pinky returned today, we put the gate back. We fed them both near each other to see how they would react. They were ok.
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I can only tell you my experience with adding a cat, and it was not with my feral. I used to have an orange tabby male and for some insane reason decided he needed a friend. So I got a black cat from the SPCA. She spent the first month or month and a half in my room with the door shut. Reuben, my original one, was not happy. I kept them apart.Then I put a baby gate up at my room door for about a week and he would sit on the other side, glaring at her. Finally I removed the gate, she came down, and he chased her back upstairs in a rage. She ran back to her safe spot, in my room under my bed. She spent a lot of time there for the next few months. Over time, he let her come down for longer periods, but it took a long time of letting them work it out and cost me a shredded box spring, where he would claw when she was under the bed. He ended up being okay with her most of the time, but it took quite a while. He was a dominant cat, so tolerated her as long as she toed the line with him. Once in a while she would swat back at him, which always took him by surprise, but I think helped him leave her alone.

If they are eating while seeing and sensing each other through the gate, I think that is huge. It is Pinky's territory she's in now, so you'll have to let him get used to the idea and accept her. It will probably take a while, like mine did, but eventually they will work something out. She's also still processing being an indoor cat, which is adding to her adjustment. I think the longer you keep them separated but seeing each other, the better. Someone else with more experience with this, though, may have better insight.
 
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Update: Minnie still stays in the basement all of the time. And she still hisses at my other cats and runs away from them whenever they go down to visit her. We recently cleaned out our basement and she found our couches and that’s where she sleeps now. We went down to see her and this is what we found. So it’s a start.
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