Mason is an ancient, battle-scarred feral cat with advanced kidney disease. Instead of euthanasia, his rescuers felt he deserved to “live his sunset months in comfort, free from pain”.
The old cat didn’t like to be touched but they fixed up his abscessed teeth and injured foot. Then they brought home some foster kittens and introduced them to the grumpy old cat. What happened next will make your heart melt.
Mason adores taking care of the rescued “little ones” and lets them share his bed even when the rambunctious kittens jiggle the bed with all their playing!
And when they’re not jumping around, he sweetly cuddles with them. Mason is really the best grandpa the foster kittens could ask for.
Mason was rescued by Tiny Kittens in 2016. In September of 2019, Mason’s kidneys finally gave out. But he spent his last hours in comfort and cuddling kittens.
His rescuers say Mason’s story has had a lasting legacy for other feral cats like him and for people too. Tiny Kittens shared on their website:
We feel his story is such an important one to tell. He is helping us raise awareness about feral cats, the hardships they face, the love they have to give, and that spaying and neutering is a very easy way to prevent the suffering that results from cat overpopulation. He also shows us that old, broken, ferocious, “lost cause” cats still have value and are worthy of compassion. It’s such an important message. We’ve even heard from people who are following Mason’s story because he gives them hope to carry on through their own personal struggles.”
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Grandpa Mason’s test results from this afternoon show his kidneys have failed. We were not expecting it to happen this fast. With the certainty that his body is failing fast, the most important gift we owe him is the dignity of a peaceful and painless transition before he reaches a point of suffering. He has important Grandpa work to do over the Bridge, and so many there are eagerly awaiting his arrival. I’m sure Nano, Stanlily and Woodstock will be first in line. So, we’ve decided that Mason will spend one more night in his favorite bed, surrounded by his kittens and his Auracuda, and tomorrow we will pack his tiny suitcase, tell him once again how much we love him and how much he matters, and send him gently on his way. We have a plan worked out so he remains pain free and happy between now and tomorrow, and so he can get a few last kitten smooshes in for the road. Thank you to everyone who has shared this incredible journey with us. His story doesn’t end tomorrow, it simply becomes a new chapter. His impact will live on, and he will continue to change the narrative about feral, old, sick, “different” cats. We will make sure of it. #crf #ckd #feral #catsofinstagram #heartbreak #worthsaving #kidney #renal #rainbowbridge #love