If she belongs to someone nearby, I ask you: why did she suddenly decide to start hanging out here, exclusively?
And why does she seem to be ravenous every time we give her food, if she lives elsewhere and they are feeding her?
My stepson says he thinks someone just dropped her off at the road and she ended up here.
(Gee, how do you suppose she knew that there are some people in this house who love kitties?)
After being spoken to softly and sweetly, and coaxed and treated gently and respectfully - and fed - she decided we were all right, and that she didn't need to run away when we were out in the yard.
After quite a while, she would let me, and then both of us, pet her. And now she lets me pick her up - for just a bit - because she really doesn't like it much.
She is a very loud, vocal and demanding kitty, waiting at the back door early every morning, wanting to be fed.
And we do her bidding.
Because she is sweet, and we like her, and because she seems to want to stay.