Your story was so funny, one of which I can relate to because I am a feral cat caretaker. I was taking care of some cats then all of a sudden there were all kinds of people taking care of them. The little buggers were at a buffet everyday, which was great. Most ferals suffer at the hands of humans. They have natural predators, dogs, but humans by in large do the most damage.
Let me tell you a heartwarming story. To all of you who are not familiar with feral cat colonies, please note, not all the cats you see in the colony are in fact feral. Now for my story to prove that point.
The cats I spoke of earlier that inherited so many caretakers where no so lucky a couple of years ago. I was the only one feeding them. They lived out by the lake front, where the only shelter is rock bolders used as breakers. Anyway these poor cats had to brave the harshest weather summer and winter. I was out there everyday giving them food and water and one day a lady approached me and asked if I came out everyday to take care of the cats. I told her yes and she continued by telling me that her cat, a torti, had accidently gotten in her husband's truck and rode out the the lake front one night, jumped out of the truck, and was missing from her home for 6 months. She said then one night last week her husband was out here and he heard a cat crying under his truck. He looked under his truck and there was the cat they thought they would never see again. They had this cat for 14 years and thought they'd never see her again and never had any idea what had happened to her. I told her that I knew exactly what cat she was talking about and I was just about to make the decision to pick her up and bring her home because I knew she was spayed and was obviously someones pet because she was so friendly. I just figured someone had dumped her as they do so many out there. The lady couldn't stop thanking me for taking care of her cat because she said, without you, I know she would have died.
That was a great day for me. This little cat found her way back home. And to add to this already unusual story, I was getting my hair cut at a new hairdresser and we were discussing pets, what else? She began to tell me the story of her friends cat who accidently found it's way to the lake front and how a nice lady took care of it while it was out there and miraculously it was reunited with them. I said really, give me the details. Yes, it's the same lady and same cat and me, the same nice lady who kept it alive. How ironic was that?
My work with ferals is difficult and as my husband puts it "It's going to kill you." However, stories like the one I just wrote about make it all worth it.