Where do all the cats go when they get out of the house and don't come back? Many lost cats enter a cat colony (a group of cats living together, as in nature) that is being fed by a neighbor who leaves food out, or a local rescue person who has secret feeding locations for feral cats. Feral cats are wild and untouchable. They are descendents of domestic cats but are born without human contact.
The pretty diluted calico cat we call Margery joined a feral cat colony when she became lost and walked right up to her rescuer who was feeding the colony. Feral cats just would not do that.
Margery was one of the lucky ones; she was taken to a nice warm environment and now has been moved to a foster family in Newport Beach to await a permanent home.
Since her rescue she wants to stay close, and nowhere near the front door. Margery likes to play with shoe laces and prefers not to be disturbed from her favorite sleeping place: the bed.