Thanks umhurricane and welcome to TB.
That is a very heartwarming story about (I hesitate to say your cat) the feral cat. Feral cats belong to no one, but if they decide you're ok, they will let you feed them. LOL
I have found almost all animals respond to love. But like us, trust is a bit harder to come by. But all creatures have worth(except ticks) and your love for that cat proved it.
".Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in, broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, WOW, What a ride!"
Personal Responsibility..The one thing no one can take away from you
."The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still, small voice within me."