If you have ever had any dealings with a feral cat, you probably realize that they are not into human interaction. In fact, it sometimes seems that they are always grumpy but that is not the case. Within all feral cats is a heart of gold and if you are able to open the lock, you will see just how loving and companionate they can be.
Grandpa Mason is a perfect example. He just didn’t seem to get along with humans and it is no big surprise. After all, he was living on the streets as a feral cat for his entire life except for the last 9 months when he lived in a shelter. Up until October, Mason’s home was a large property in the country located in Langley, British Columbia. He lived with dozens of other feral cats and would typically be found in an abandoned barn.
The colony of feral cats was discovered by a developer when the barns were being torn down. Tiny Kittens, a local rescue group, began trapping the cats and trying to find homes for each and every one.
Mason was in pretty bad shape. He had a number of wounds, needed dental surgery and had a large growth on one paw. After medical treatment was given, he was brought to the home of a volunteer and it quickly became apparent that Mason would never be adopted.
As it turns out, Mason was not only a feral cat, he was one of the oldest they had ever seen. As he was making his recovery, he continued to show his distrust of humans.
According to blood work that was taken, Mason also had advanced kidney disease. The rescue group faced a tough decision. They could either put him in hospice care or have him euthanized. They decided to put him in hospice. Mason showed signs of his hard life and how hard he had fought to get to this point in his life. They wanted to provide him with safety and comfort and a life free from pain as his sunset months continued.
The volunteer who was caring for Mason also had other kittens in another area of the house. When she brought them out into the common area to play, she was cautious of how Mason would react. She was shocked when Mason turned into a pile of mush, trilling and licking to show his affection for the kittens.
“When Scrammy (ginger kitten) started licking Mason’s ear, and Mason leaned into it, I completely melted… The one thing missing for Mason had been contact with another living being, and while he didn’t want that from ME, he had clearly been craving it from his own kind,” his foster mom wrote.
This is proof positive that even an old, tough cat can still show compassion and love.
You can watch it all unfold in this amazing video:
H/T: Inspire More