The female is short hair grey with white – Eliza.
|You can't see it, but he does have a full milk mustache|
It is going to be harder, as they are a little older and they are 'wary' not 'scared'. You'd think that would be easier to deal with, but usually you simply have to show scared that nothing bad is going to happen. Wary means rebuilding confidence and trust. My current female foster is wary.. and while she was hiding last night when I went in she was out and about and I was able to put hands on her easily a few times. she is going to need a home that accepts that she needs a little time.
ANYWAY... Back to Ezra and Eliza. I set them up in the cage and they both said please go away. I gave them a litter box, they said please go away. I gave them dry food, they said please go away (and when I went away they went right to the food) I gave them water and they kept eating but Ezra was hesitant trying to decide if he should retreat to the corner.
These amenities they get 'for free' Everything else comes with trust.
I got some raw food (all fosters got raw) and they were both VERY interested. Interested enough to walk toward me and get near me. They liked it enough to let me pat them. When it was gone I opened up a can of food. They were still hungry, and I gave small bits. They would eat it quickly and then be in a position to realize they were near me and nothing bad was happening. When they realized this they got another bite or two. I got them right up to the edge of the cage, and I got my nose very close to Ezra (yes, I have a soft spot for him - he reminds me too much of Ollie) and he let me with out moving away.
When all the food was eaten, he went back to his corner and cringed a bit when I went to pat him. Eliza however started purring a little.
It's a long road, but it was a good first step.