Formally Feral Shirley (RIP)Before Blackie came to live with us, Shirley became our third cat.
My sister Leona, the cat lady, managed to trap a feral kitten that was living near her apartment building and though she was fairly young when she was adopted, Shirley remained partially feral all her life. We called her the "phantom cat" because when we came over for visits, she always disappeared.
After Leona and her husband sold their house and before they moved to the Big Island, they lived for a while with her husband's aunt and brother. Aunty Laura, USED to have a cat that peed on their carpet and Shirley could smell it and also relieved herself on the same spots. Nothing that Leona could think of stopped her. After having Shirley for so many years, she didn't want to just send her to the humane society, so Shirley came to live with us. Of course she disappeared once she was here and it took her a long time to trust us and allow us near her. It didn't help that Emily constantly chased her and her "safe spot" was on top of the empty rabbit cage in the patio.
She pretty much kept to herself so it was a surprise one day to see her sharing the patio couch with Molly and Blackie!
Shirley went to the Bridge on 1/25/03 at the age of 17 and 4 months later, we found Tiger in the hedge. He's grown up to look so much like Shirley!