I have been feeding and taking care of a stray cat for two months. I won't pet it because it doesn't rub against my legs yet, but it will rub the outdoor furniture and my door. Sometimes when I feed him, I put the dry food in my hand, and as I pour it into his bowl, he will dart to the bowl and reach out his paw to scratch or smack my hand away. Why does he do this?
The cat is not yet tame enough to trust you, no insult to you; he may have been treated poorly and is now easily frightened. I wouldn't push, let him come to you. If he shows dislike for something, like the food, give him what he wants, and this will help him trust you. Also, if you do touch the cat, please be sure to wash your hands as soon as you can just in case, especially if you have other pets.
Updated on May 12, 2018
By Cheryl Simonds