Hello I have just joined the community and I’m hoping I can find an answer to a problem I have with my beautiful girl Sadie .We rescued her when she was 3 months old she had lived on a farm was not fed regularly and had not been handled at all .So when Sadie came to live with us she was a terrible bag of nerves, her one biggest fear is hands and still is . We have had her for nearly 3 yrs and she has come a long long way , I watch all the videos on how to tell if your cat is happy ect and she ticks all the boxes ,wrapping round our legs throwing herself down and rolling exposing her belly everything except being able to touch her .
As soon as she sees a hand she lashes out and is terrified I’ve tried to hold out a closed fist but she just attacks it .I’m sure she would love some human contact as we would love to cuddle her but we realise it has to be on her terms. To me it seems like she doesn’t make the connection of the kindness we give her ie feeding, playing , hanging out together with having a nice stroke.It’s like there is a blockage there , will it just be a case of more time or is there something else we could do ? I would be very grateful for any suggestions . Many thanks Andrea