Jenn, thanks for that. Feral definitely has a huge negative connotation which is why we were pissed about it. That is also probably why the shelter didn't use the term. The shelter did not catch her, some rescue organization in Virginia did, and then she got sent to MA for some reason. Pumpkin doesn't hiss or growl, just crawls away to small spaces, so you're probably right. She's not truly feral, but could have been if she'd been there longer (or maybe had a different disposition).
Thanks Zanna. Pumpkin is coming out a lot at night (she was clawing at a box last night and kept me from falling asleep), but she will explore during the day if we hang out and stay relatively still. She walked across Hulky's legs (on the bed) the other day when he was in there reading. She's definitely progressing. I'll tell Hulky to walk softer when he's in the room and maybe we won't try any petting for now, just keeping company.
We have to get the rug out of there to vacuum so fleas don't make a home ><.