Katie ran a cat foster in Virginia. She recently started to foster a nervous and scared cat named Luci. The cat never stopped hissing at her. The foster mom found her to be very mean, but actually, the kitten was scared of humans.
After she received a DM about a kitten, Katie had actually found the kitten running around playing in the parking lot. So Katie and her friend had gone out to the lot with traps and food. After 2-3 attempts, they successfully captured the little one.
The foster mom and kitten were equally nervous and apprehensive of each other. She named her Luci after Lucifer. However, after she started feeding her, Luci started to let Katie pet her.
She was not scared as before and started to play with her human. Then, 3 weeks later, she stopped hissing at her and was comfortable while Katie petted her. After Katie did some research, she found that felines need to associate their owners with food to be close to them.
So, she started to feed her only while Katie was in the room. Thus, hunger was an incentive for her to get used to her foster mom. In addition, it was slowly getting her used to human contact.
Katie would pet her more and more. She even started to get along with her foster mom’s resident cat and gradually came out of her shell. Likewise, Luci loved kissing her human and began to adore her.
Luci slept with Katie and would crawl under the covers with her. Thus, she got unlimited snuggle time. The progress was slow but was definitely worth all the effort as Luci had come closer to her foster mom.