I met her only recently, when she began to appear on the armchair in the doublewide, often huddled up with (and sometimes practically under) some other cat. Hearing she was feral, I didn't attempt to touch her until this evening, when she appeared in one of the shared beds on the table I use to prepare the evening meals. To my surprise, she had no problem with me stroking her, let me take a number of photos, and even happily accepted a little wet food put in front of her.
Leslie tells me that in the past, Tiffany always been something of a loner, choosing hiding places on the back porch away from humans and other cats. These days, she can often be seen snuggling up with other cats, appreciating the warmth or the company or a bit of both. And, to our delight, she's turned into a real sweetheart where humans are concerned. This has won her more than a few hearts.
Tiffany and Ricky
With her advanced age and failing health, we know we probably won't have this sweet old girl with us for very much longer. So we're enjoying her company while we can, and doing whatever we can to make sure the time left to her is comfortable and full of love.
Updated March 7, 2012: Tiffany left us for the rainbow bridge last week. We're glad she gave us a chance to get to know her in her last months and to help her spend them in a place where she could feel warm and safe.