Remember my post last week about rescuing Masher the cat? Masher was abandoned at the pound after being with the same family for 13 years. They moved his litterbox downstairs, Masher couldn't get down the stairs, had ONE accident, and next thing he knew he was abandoned to death row.
Luckily FACE stepped in, posted his story, and now Dill and I have a new cat.
The first few days I was really, really scared for him. He didn't want to eat, he had a lot of trouble breathing due to a respiratory infection and he didn't go to the bathroom at all. I ran lots of hot water, creating lots of steam and used a humidifier to break up his snot and help him breath. He had meds, but those were upsetting his stomach since it was empty. Dill and I turned into jerks and force fed him. He was not a fan.
But finally, on day three...
Masher ate food! Lots and lots of food! Now his appetite doesn't stop!
We moved him into my office so that I can sit with him while I work and he can watch Supernatural with me. He finds it dull and predictable, but I've explained to him that he's a cat, so what does he know about television?
Now that Masher is feeling better, I'm finding myself even more shocked by his owners actions. This is a cat that comes running when you walk in a room. He flops over so you can rub his belly. He puts his paw on top of your hand, on your cheek, on your knee and turns his big green eyes on you as if to just say "Hey there! I'm here and I'm glad you are too!"
He wants pets. Constant pets. You think you've given him enough pets? Hell no. Until your hand is unable to move, he would like you to use that hand to pet him some more please and thank you.
Which baffles me. When we went to adopt him we were expecting a senior cat with a lot of issues. Maybe he would be distant, lethargic or have mobility issues. None of that would be an excuse for ditching him, but maybe it would at least offer some explanation.
Instead we have this wonderful cat, obviously with lots of life and love left in him. He was let down by people he trusted but hasn't given up. He loves us and we love him.
So, with all that said, if you are looking to adopt, I know it's incredibly hard to bypass the kittens. They're kittens! They're so cute and fluffy and the eyes are SO BIG OMG!
But if you can, maybe take a look at the