Mama came into our lives when one of her 6 week old kittens ran across our busy street, under our wooden entry gate and all the way back into our garage. I grabbed her and brought her kitten in. I fell in love. Not long after, another flash passed our sliding door to the back. Mama cat was looking for her kitten. We knew to quarantine the kitten from the mom in case she had feline leukemia. Mama came every day and night searching for her kitten and I would leave a window open in case she could still smell her kitten. I knew I had to save Mama, too. I trapped her in our garage one day...I had them both spayed at different locations and the rest is history. Some of her colony followed and I TNR'd them, as well. Mama gave us so much affection and was our lap cat. She brought her family to us, too.. She loved to knead our bellies whenever she saw we were still, she'd go under the covers by my husband and used to sleep by my head before she started losing her hair. At the vet a couple years ago, they diagnosed her with anxiety, gave her steroids, sent us home. Vet twice after and during the last visit, the vet felt her abdomen was larger than a cat her size should be then finally took an X-ray. Stomach cancer and told us to think about what we wanted to do. She fought for 3 months after. I know she's waiting for us. Mama was amazing and strong. I miss her so much!