You weren't that far off...some days they are like wild weasels! Domesticating ferals is quite a project. But every little step they take that shows you that they are learning to trust is worth every second of the effort it takes. My kitties went from hissing, scratching and running away to waiting to be brushed before they eat their breakfast...pretty amazing. But they still have a long way to go. One minute they want to be petted, the next minute they run away like they've never seen me before!