Thanks to everyone who responded to my post below. So, now we have had our 1 year old shelter cat for about 3 weeks. He has since become very comfortable walking around our house when it is quiet. He walks around like he owns the joint. Although during the day, he hides under my bed so we can't get close to him. He is also LOVES when we pat and play him when he is in his evening "hideouts" (under the crib, in his cat carrier). But, he runs like a bat out of hell if we enter the same room as him when he is out and about. Has anyone had experience with a cat like this? I am really hoping that he will let us approach him when he is out of hiding. I am getting so discouraged because he is SO CUTE, I just want to hang out with him, especially at night.