The Old Cat
After a bit, he would come up to the screen door and our cat and the Old Cat would sit very peacefully starring at each other. After several days of this, I put a handful of food out just to see if he was hungry. The food was gone in a flash. We had ourself's another cat!
About a week later, I decided to see if he'd like to come in and he decided he would. First he just sniffed everything but then, to my surprise, he began to mark everything! A few sharp words from me on that action and he was out the door. I thought we'd never see him again.
Several months later we noticed the Old Cat had made friends with a beautiful Calico cat. Surely this was someone's pet. But as winter approached and it got colder and colder, I began to have my doubts. This cat was in no way like the Old Cat. When you approached her she always ran off to a safe distance. Finally, out of frustration, I placed a cat carrier outside with some blankets in it for her to sleep in. It was now beginning to get seriously cold and she was just a little thing. But even with the cold nights, she still refused to be touched and would not enter the house despite frequent invitations.
Finally one day I felt I had no choice but to try and bring her inside, whether she wanted to or not. A sizable snow storm was on the way for that night. At last I had my chance! While she was eating, I reached out and grabbed her by the back of the neck and carried her, arms length away from me, into the house.
What happened next was like something out of a cartoon. She literally ran up the walls and then attempted to run through the front window! After about 10 minutes of frantic activity she hid under a table and watched us with suspicious eyes. We kept her in for 3 days. Letting her out on the fourth day was a hard thing for me to do. I knew it was possible that we might never see her again and I was sure of what her fate would be with no home and winter coming on.