My neighbour knocked my door about half past nine this evening, with a black cat in her arms she'd found hanging around by the front door and mistaken for my Myfanwy.
We took it back upstairs to the ground floor, to see whether it would leave or try to stay - it was even more unwilling to go back outside than Myfi was! It's very friendly, with a lovely soft coat, and I think it's only about a year old. It is wearing a decorative collar, though, so it's evident it did at least have
an owner at some point. No idea of the gender - either a girl or a neutered male - it's got the stinkiest backside I have ever known, so I haven't yet checked :-p
There was no way we could leave it in the hallways, nor were we prepared to forcibly move it outside, so I allowed it to come inside with me - for tonight at least. I've put food and fresh water down for it, and it's made use of the tray while it's been here.
The only real hurdle so far has been its reaction to Myfi. She came out into the hallway at one point to investigate what I was up to, and it made low growling noises on seeing her. This progressed to hissing - initially Myfi just stared, and came over to me for reassurance. Since it actually came indoors they've been carefully dancing around each other, and the hissing and growling has been mutual. Both have even hissed directly at me a couple of times - presumably I got in the way at a delicate moment! ;-)
There's been no outright fighting, however, simply "Oi! Eff off!" hissing from about a metre away. I'm planning to take Myfi in with me when I go to bed, and leave the visitor out here - we'll have to see how that goes. Then in the morning I'll open a door and see if it wants to go. It's quite a nice night out there tonight, so I don't imagine it's looking for shelter from the cold, like Myfi was.
If it decides to stick around, I'm gonna have to make a concerted effort to find the humans that put the collar on it... In the meantime, have a couple of pictures!( Cut to spare the flist! )