Outside Kitty is finally warming up to me. Ever so slowly, he's been letting me get closer to him. It seems like it's taken forever to get to this point. I thought that maybe I had lost my Feral Kitty Mojo, but I suppose some kitties are just harder to tame.
He follows me around during barn chores, or more accurately, leads me on my barn chores. He stays just a few kitty-steps ahead of me and close enough that I could actually punt him if I were to be so inclined.
Meowing for some milk when I'm in the barn. Rolling around on the ground, looking like he wants to be petted, but just out of reach. And when I reach down he zips away.
About two weeks ago I was able to do a "drive-by" petting. Once I get my hand on his back, he's all like, "Oh scratch me, no....don't, but oh, please scratch a little more", but I have to do it all stealth-like. I can't reach my hand up to his head, but instead have to make my petting move by ambush, reaching from behind and scratching.
Until a few days ago. He's been letting me get all touchy feely with him now when he's eating. But only when he's eating. If he's not on the table where his food is, petting is out of the question again.
I've been trying to pick him up, but he's not going for it yet. I'm hoping to eventually gain his trust enough that I can get him in a cat carrier (and probably lose that trust again) in order to get him fixed. Because I'm thinking kitty condoms are out of the question and goodness knows we don't need any more pregnant cats around the neighborhood.