I have done some earlier blog posts about these kitties, particularly Emmylou, which you can find if you search my blog for feral. I began with a feather with Emmylou, first stroking parallel to her whiskers and down her front legs, then eventually on her head and body, then working up to touching her directly with my hands. I started with a feather with Natalia at first as well, but soon found she was comfortable being touched directly.
Often my partner and I just sit outside of the cage, speaking to them or to each other, so they get used to having us close to them.
And, the past week, we have done longer and longer play sessions with the cats outside of the cage, with the large screen door to the bedroom closed. It is an absolute joy to see them tear around in the room and tumble and play. And every day we are able to have more and more contact with them outside of the cage, though it will take a while to gain the same truat that they have when they are inside of the cage. We also are using baby food to get them to come to us when they are outside of the cage, having them lick it off our fingers. And each time I have them out of the cage, I am able to do a little more TTouch with them without them running away.
One of the lovely things about this slow and gradual acclimation is that now when they are out of the cage, they are not burrowing underneath or behind furniture, but stay out to play or rest, and go back into the cage when they want to.
Now that I've given you a hugely condensed version of what's been happening, I will try to do some more detailed ongoing blog posts to let you know what's going on as these sweet cats continue to become more acclimated...... It is such a pleasure to have them in my home, and I feel that Garbanzo must be happy that I have taken in two ferals, being that he was feral himself :)