Lisa Ancarrow-Maltby and her husband Brian first noticed Smushie wandering around the alley next to their home. Their neighbor, who happens to work at a vet clinic, also noticed Smushie and attempted to feed her, but the little cat was a bit standoffish. She seemed nervous to accept food or attention — until one day, she stopped by the couple’s door.
“In late December she came by our house and we offered her food,” Ancarrow-Maltby told The Dodo. “She started to come by more often and on one particularly cold and snowy day, she followed me onto the front porch. As I walked inside, she approached our glass door, sat, placed a paw on the glass, and started crying. We brought her inside immediately and she has been part of our family ever since.”