Susan, Sam and Dan - thank you.
Yes, Susan - she was feral. I first found TCS because this little feral, who I'd seen on and off for a year or so (but didn't know she was homeless then) used to show up outside our conservatory doors sometimes. It's no surprise - the conservatory is where CAT FOOD lives
. Being the mad cat woman I am, I chat to all kitties in my garden, but this one would streak away like lightening if I went our to talk to her.
I got really worried about her last winter, because she was round every night looking for food and absolutely ravenous. I searched the internet and found TCS!!!!
and I got wonderful help from those in the feral forum.
She has a thread there - but the initial part about her trapping and socialisation was lost in the crash http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38230
She spent the first few minutes inside leaping to the top of every window in the conservatory. The first few days howling all night long to be let out. And...she was so frightened wouldn't come anywhere near us. But, she developed a taste for classical music, particularly choral music when we put a radio in with her on Classic FM; and with a lot of love and patience on our part and trememdous bravery on hers, we were able to develop a relationship.
The poor kitty was so traumatised she would tremble if we went near her, didn't know how to play and was terrified of hands.
Now, she's a wonderfully well-adjusted all things considered