After all these years of fostering and the countless cats and kittens we've had in our home, Malvolio's arrival has been a very humbling experience because it's reminded us (me moreso), that every animal is an individual and that no two situations are the same.
Malvolio is now eating, drinking and using the litterbox perfectly - thanks goodness since those are always the things you worry after initially once any illness has been ruled out or brought under control. But he is surely one of the most frightened fosters we've had in a very long time.........so much so that you can just see the ticked off look in his eyes. At this stage, he neither wants our company nor embracing our attempts to befriend him - he is some kind of unhappy and mad; and his growling and hissing are clear indicators of that.
For now we're ensuring his guest room is kept clean, he has lots to eat, and his environment is as warm and comfortable as we can make it. We spend afew minutes several times a day going in to sit with him, talking to him gently and quietly, and will continue to reassure him that he's safe and noone means him any harm; hoping that eventually he'll realize and let us pet him.
PS: I was made aware by one of the readers to this blog that Malvolio is from Shakespeare - thank you again to that person for the information!!