We lost my little Spot yesterday. I feel so bad for her but the Vets thought it was best. She was around 11 yrs old and it took me years to get her to trust me and it took 6 yrs. just to get her to come in the house although I could never pet her. I got to hold her as they gave her the shot it was the first time I had ever held her. I noticed her out my back door one day and started feeding her. I would put her food out and have to walk away before she would eat. She was pregnant at the time and I watched where she went. She had a really nice nest dug out in a pile of leaves and branches it was really amazing that such a little cat could do something like that. It was getting cold out so I thought it would be best if she and her kittens were in the house where it was warm. I stole her kittens from her and put them in a spare bedroom of course she came looking for them and when she heard them crying overcame her fear of humans and ran to them. She stayed in that room for 2 weeks nursing her babies until I guess she had enough of being inside and scratched a hole in screen in the window and jumped out. After that she was a little more tolerant of me and would eat with me a little closer to her. Eventually after 6 yrs. she finally started to come in the house when it was cold. Although I could never pet her, and she was still skittish around humans, I felt she trusted me. I can remember her following my Scraggs around. If you saw him you saw her a few feet behind. I lost him a couple of years ago. He was a stray that someone kicked out of their house and left here when they moved. He was my buddy. I still have 2 of Spots babies, although they aren't babies anymore they are both 10 yrs. old, Snuffy and Hefner, they will always be my babies. I will miss Spot so much but I believe she is in a better place now. Rest in peace baby.