Since I was a young girl, I have always had cats in my life. A few years ago, I lost my 19 year old cat Andrea to kidney disease after rescuing her at 4 weeks old. After a few months of having a quiet and lonely house with no cat, I decided to adopt two older cats from the San Diego Humane Society. I also knew I wanted to get a bonded pair as they are a little more difficult to adopt out. I found an older pair of ginger boys, George and Fluff, who I fell in love with instantly.
They were 5 and 8 years old at the time. They had been abandoned and left on their own for an unknown period of time. They both had FHV and George has asthma so I was asked to complete counseling with the vet before I could take them home. They are amazing cats and you can tell they appreciated their new home and I can’t imagine if they had been torn apart as they are truly devoted to each other. It was so rewarding to watch them get comfortable in their new home and open up to me and eventually love me. They love to model bow ties on their Instagram account(@gingersgeorgefluff,) they are the best snugglers you could ever ask for and they love nothing better than a good belly rub.
After we had been a family for about 3 years, the boys and I started thinking that we had the time and resources to adopt another kitty. The boys asked for a sister kitty, preferably a granny kitty. We had been keeping an eye on the Instagram and Facebook posts for the San Diego Humane Society and one day last month, ran across a posting for a sweet little granny kitty named Joyce.
As soon as I saw her, I knew she was the one. She was in very bad shape from being abandoned and living on the street. She was microchipped but they were unable to get in touch with her owner. She was emaciated, severely matted, dirty, and very sick. She weighed only 3.5 lbs and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. The shelter estimates her to be about 13 years old. She needed George, Fluff and me to love her and help her heal. I took the day off from work and arrived at the shelter when they opened the next day to make sure she would come with us.
I’ve been avoiding the stairs in my new house but Mom think the laser treatments must be making my arthritis feel better cuz I tried the stairs yesterday. #progress #felinearthritis #sisteradelaide #sisterkitty #rescuedandloved #klaser A video posted by George, Fluff & Adelaide (@gingersgeorgefluff) on
We named her Adelaide and introduced her to her new friends on Instagram and well wishes and gifts came pouring in to welcome Adelaide home and wish her a speedy recovery from her illnesses. Since she has come into our home, she has had all her mats groomed off, skin infections from the mats have been treated, her infected nail beds have healed, and she has started K-Laser treatment for arthritis in her legs and spine.
Her thyroid condition is now well managed with daily medications and she is now able to put weight back on (she’s up to 4.5 from 3.5lbs in 5 weeks!). Her liver values returned to a normal range and we are working on her kidney values. She is an amazing eater and has such a strong will to live and thrive. She loves to wear pink sweaters and dresses to keep warm while her fur is growing out from being shaved due to the horrible matting. She is such a sweet little girl and we are so very happy to share her golden years with her.
I have had such amazing and fulfilling experiences by adopting three older cats from the shelter. They are so affectionate and its one of the best feelings in the world when they look at you with unconditional love and pure contentment in their eyes. It is so rewarding to adopt older pets as they truly appreciate the love, affection and care you give them. It is also so heartwarming, but heartbreaking at the same time, to watch them rebuild trust in humans again. They have an enormous capacity to forgive, forget and enjoy their new lives. – George, Fluff & Adelaide’s Mom