I have a feral cat that I have been taming for almost a year now. I had to chase him around the couch, back and forth, for ten to fifteen minutes even though I had both doors open so he could run outside. Anyway, I was able to get him out of there and he scratched my hands up pretty good. It took a full day for him to come back around, (he's not an indoor cat, he only comes to eat, and sleep). When he did come back he sniffed both of my hands, and is still doing it two days later, why?
Your cat is a feral cat which means he needs to recognize a scent before he can be comfortable around it. He sniffs your hands to ensure you are the one that feeds him. Keep in mind that outside cats can get illnesses and some of them can affect humans. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after he sniffs you or you touch him. Being outside does put him at risk for feline aids or rabies to name a few. To avoid these things completely, turn your cat into a full-time inside cat and get him his shots and fixed.
Updated on February 15, 2020
By Cheryl Simonds