What's the trick to feral kittens?
I have 3 baby boys, 4-5 weeks old. This is my first time dealing with ferals. I got the first two on Monday, the third on Wed.
The first kitten has a BIG personality, and is coming around the quickest. He's the boldest, bravest and first to check everything out. The second kitten is very timid and I think a bit of a chicken. Third kid seems to be a mix of the two in personality, but he tends to hang back and be more of a loner. Takes him longer to join in playing, and seems happy enough to do his own thing. He's also the pain in the butt one, because he is definitely vertically-oriented, and getting into all kinds of places I don't want him in yet! :lol:
The first baby is most comfortable with me, is starting to think that maybe getting petted feels good, but no purring yet. Timid tiger still will shrink away from me if I move too quickly, or as soon as he realizes I don't have food for him in my hand. Third baby is a few days behind in socializing, still will hiss at me occasionally, but is getting better about letting me approach him and pick him up. He like #2 will immediately shrink away from me at first opportunity- both will happily play with/near me, but as soon as they realize they're too close they'll scoot away.
I have them for 2-3 more weeks before they go to the adoption center. How aggressive should I be with them in terms of cuddling? I've instituted a "cuddle toll" when they come out of their crate for play time- if they want to play, then they have to submit to a minute or two of being held and petted. :D I've put #2 and 3 in a towel in my lap for 5 minutes here and there, but neither will relax yet. They start to panic if it's too long, and I don't want that to happen. I also randomly pick one up as they're playing, pet for a minute and release again.
I want some purring and cuddly babies, dammit! :lol: I really want to make sure I get them to turn the corner on the petting/cuddling idea. Do I need to just suck it up and make a kitten burrito and force them to stay in my lap for a longer period of time? Or should I give it a few more days? Advice please!! :)
And photos of each of course!