Mama was our second oldest cat and a stray when she came to us in 2005. It was winter and we just came home from grocery shopping, when we noticed that two cats were looking for food near our dumpsters. My mom went inside and gave them some cat food, because Mama and her kitten were starving. She was very aggressive back then and didnt allow you to pet her without hissing and clawing at you. Almost like a wild cat.
It took over 5 years for her to get used to us and let us pet her. She is used to live inside the house now and only gets outside when she really wants it because the first floor became her confy zone :D