All the neighborhood cats must keep their ears to the ground to be able to hear the tinkle of dry tidbits being poured into Susie's bowl on the front porch. She always knows which room I'm in and comes to sit by that room and meows loudly as if to say feed me, so of course I do. Several times a day in fact. Not so much at a time as I don't want to support the neighbor's cats completely. After I feed her I go inside and watch out the door. When the mama with kittens or the big black tom cat comes over she steps back and sits and watches them eat. She looks like she is beaming all over to share her food. When John walks in the morning she goes about a half a block with him then comes back and sits on the driveway waiting for him to come home. He said one morning last week he decided to walk farther then usual. As he passed the house up she ran out to the street and tapped him on the ankle as if to say "hey you're passing up your house". This is the way she always gets my attention when she wants me to stay outside with her or feed her or figure out what she wants. She taps my ankle with the pads but never puts her claws out. Susie is an odd cat. She never purrs but I think she is happy. Wonder if her purrer is broke? She never kills my birds. She coexists with them and never pays them any mind. Susie is getting old and we'll sure miss her when shes gone. Her mama left her here with two little brothers when she was a baby. As the boys got bigger they ambled off like tom cats do and finally never came back. I had Susie spayed and she has been here ever since. She still has some of the wild in her. She won't allow anyone, even me, to pick her up. If all is quiet and I'm on the porch on the bench alone she will come and get into my lap. Susie is special but then isn't everyone's cats?