I looked at her, she looked at me Mars The Best Planet In The World Classic Shirt then back at the phone and I started pulling up videos of animals for her to watch but didn’t do anything else, not even try to pet her. I think if I would have done things like I wanted to that she would have gone into hiding because I’d have been in her space too much. Similarly to you, my first cat as an adult was a semi-feral cat my vet tech roomie pushed me to take because otherwise he would have been put down. I’m glad now I did it – he’s actually a pretty sweet kitty, 10 years later. But I’d say for the first year he didn’t like anyone and just existed (plus litter box and eating issues) and year 2-4 he didn’t like anyone but me. I don’t know if you have a pet supply plus near you, but they actually sell ostrich feathers. They do break easily, but cats love them and will play with them until there are only six inches left. We used, and continue to use the feathers with our feral kitten and she has loved them from day one! some stray boys adopted us last year and they are the most beautiful cats I’ve ever seen. Took them quite a while to warm up to us but they have been to the vet and are now “ours” (or are we their’s?). We think one of them has a good dose of Maine Coon, once he assimilated he was the most affectionate, vocal boy we’ve ever had. Try a white noise machine also! If he’s used to being outside where there is a certain level of noise to a very quiet apartment or very quiet outside to a very noisy apartment that can freak them out. But just be very patient and understanding they are going through a big change and cats generally don’t like change at all. My cat was the same way. Not nearly as bad, but he hid behind my couch or under my bed for 2 weeks. I spent hours just laying down on the floor next to my bed where he could see me. This is my first cat, so I thought I was doing something wrong and I was really worried since he wasn’t eating much. Then one day he just came out while I was on the sofa and just laid next to me. Now he is the most cuddly cat I’ve ever met. I can’t go anywhere without him trying to lay down on me.