When I socialize I do not rush feral cats or kittens as I want them to be comfortable and do not want to break their wonderful spirit, so the taming of the cat is on their terms. If they want to live in a house with humans and other pets then I am there to help them adjust.
Charlie was afraid at first and then he pounced on the bird. I also brought out a mouse filled with catnip and a ball with a bell inside. The mouse and the balls were prized possessions that Charlie picked up and brought to his cat box. He then snuggled with the toys, purred so loudly you could hear him outside the door and then he went to sleep. For Charlie the feral kitten it was the ending of a perfect day.