Feline Reinvention

Lily Rose-Cat-senior

When the last of my mother’s elderly cats died this summer, she felt bereft. With her home as empty as her heart, my mother acted without thinking. Most senior citizens might think it too late to adopt again but not my mom. Shortly after Miki died, she adopted a older cat from a sick neighbor. I advised her not rush into it. “What do you know about this cat?” I sensed things were not quite as they appeared. Stubbornness runs in my family and my mother as usual didn’t listen to me.

“Who cares? She needs a home. And a new name. What kind of person calls their cat Stinky?”

And so Stinky came up smelling like roses in her new home. They bonded. She was renamed Lily Rose but a stubborn diarrhea persisted through three kinds of antibiotics and vet bills in the four figures. The cat’s history according to her previous owner was vague and suspect. She’d had her for seven years but hadn’t brought her to a vet in years, if ever. I didn’t believe a word she said.

Last week, I finally received a photo of Lily. Digital is not in my mother’s vocabulary. A pretty petite tabby looked straight into the camera. Who was she? Cats are naturally mysterious and masters of adaption and reinvention. Some older cats in shelters will make wonderful pets if given a second or third chance.

It turns out Lily’s past was even more complicated. My mother found out last week that Lily had not one but two previous homes and who knows what other names and lives. My mother doesn’t care. This senior girl is hers now and I hope, in her last home.

26 thoughts on “Feline Reinvention”

  1. When there is a need there comes a little set of paws to fill it and when there is a need there comes a heart that can heal it. PURRS TO MOM AND LILY ROSE!!!!!!!Ain’t life grand!!
    Luvs from Skeeter and Izzy >^..^<

  2. Lily Rose is a beautiful name. We are glad to know she has a forever home there with your Mom and we do hope that she is better.

    purrs
    >^,,^<
    ✿•*¨`*•. ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥✿•*¨`*•.

  3. Oh we are so glad your mother got the cat and sure glad she didn’t listen to you. That kitty needed a home and it sounds like your Mom is trying her best to take care of the kitty. We think that is a wonderful story. Yay for adopting an older cat.

  4. Get that gorgeous baby on some Primal Raw! My Misty girl used to have some pretty bad issues with diarrhea and bloody stool. What she did in the litter box smelled so bad she wouldn’t even bury it; she took care of business and bolted for fresh air. This was on Taste of the Wild, Wellness, and Grandma Lucy’s freeze dried! I was giving her the good stuff; but her tummy just couldn’t handle it. Once I switched her to Primal Raw, the smell went away and she became much more relaxed. Now I have to dig to find her little presents for me. She’s been on Primal for a year now and we haven’t had a single litter box issue since.

    I hope Lily Rose does well in her new home. I know she’s certainly found a loving mamma to take care of her!

  5. She’s a beautiful ladycat. I’m glad your mom was stubborn and took her, in spite of the issues. IBD? Is she being fed grain-free? Maybe single-source protein? Whatever the issues, purrs from the boys that they are resolved soon, and that Lily Rose has a happy forever home with your mom.

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