I found a cat outside who was starving. S/He's very fluffy but very matted and he won't let me near him yet. I'm pretty sure he isn't feral because when I talk to him, he looks at me like he understands. I ask him if he'd like more food and he'll sit and wait for me to go get it. He doesn't seem to know how to hunt which is why I think he was a pet. He was scoping out our dumpster outside like he's been surviving by foraging. That's when I started setting food out at night since all the raccoons are likely hibernating with our low temperatures. It's mostly been 20 degrees for the low. I set out a heated cat bed for him last night and crumbled cat nip in it but he didn't lay in it. I'm going to try silvervine ( japanese catnip) tonite but since this is on my front porch he might not feel safe to lay there yet. I want to create a shelter for him , like a box or crate with the heated pad inside but the coyotes still wander here even in the winter and I don't want him to get cornered. I will figure that out over time , I do have a spot in the back yard where I could build him a platform and give him a heated sheltered area and keep his food there with him. It would be behind a fence so that coyotes could not get him. But that will take time to do and then getting him to cooperate is a factor. Eventually I will likely borrow a trap from the animal shelter to catch him and take him to the shelter where they will find him a foster and help him adjust. Unfortunately they can't require a cat be only indoors unless it's declawed. IF anyone wants him/her, I'd gladly drive him to you when I get him to trust me.