it will take some time but if you leave out food for the kitty it may begin to trust you. I had a cat that lived in my backyard for 21yrs. She even had kittens. we had to catch and tame the kittens( easy when they are young) and we had to trap her and get her fixed. in 21 years she NEVER let us touch her. she would come inside and scratch the couch if we left the door open. she never left the backyard. we fed her like she was ours and we even kept one of her kittens and she would play with the tame kitten. she was just wild at heart. she trusted us from afar. not all cats are that spooked though. it just takes patience and lots of kitty food and treats. usually they begin to trust you. sometimes the stray cats were someone's at one time and are easier to tame. hope this helped! patience!! cats do their own thing :)
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Not all strays are scared of people. Many have just been dumped thanks to the economy or heartless owners, & they'd like nothing better than for you to pay attention to and feed them. Those that have been BORN wild(referred to as feral cats) ARE spooked by people and need much more time from a human who may be interested in them. Leaving food /water is the best bet for them.
put a bowl of water and a bowl of cat food and put it on ur porch do that for 2 weaks then put out a bow with a blaket in it and a cat toy do tat for 2 weaks and then u will be able to pet it and sooner or later u will be able to keep it
All of our cats have been strays. They moved into our yard. We put out cat food (healthier than food scraps) and fresh water, built a house inside a cardboard box for one cat who wouldn't come near us and it was freezing out there and just sat quietly in the area and talked nicely to it after we had fed the cat a while. Eventually the cat came over and we got it into a cat carrier and took it directly to the vet to be checked over, got all their shots and spayed or neutered and chipped. Ms M was perfectly healthy. K had giardia which the vet couldn't tell us before we took him home. Just wash your hands well after touching the cat before you touch your face until you get an all clear from the vet. They became indoor cats. You should have a cat box set up and show it to the cat. We've never had more than one cat come around until the one died of old age, so we never had to decide what to do about a cat who could be ill coming into contact with one of ours.