At the sunset of his life, 21-year-old cat Tigger was ɑƅandoned by his human
In 2015, Tigger was devastatingly ɑƅandoned by his former human at a local veterinary sur.gery, and he was Ԁying for food and love. In the meantime, Nicole and her boyfriend were also looking for a companion to befriend her 6-year-old cat. They did not expect to find another cat since they already had had one, but Tigger’s story on the Canton Neighbors Facebook page suddenly melted Nicole. They wanted to give him the love he needed, so they decided to bring this 21-year-old orange feline home from Towson Veterinary Hospital.
“We looked at each other and we were like, ‘We’re taking that cat.’” – Nicole said “When we brought him home that night it was like he never forgot what it was like to have pillows and blankets.”
But the cat was not like other adoptive ones, he was ɦorribly matted and underweight. When the couple brought Tigger to have a checkup, they received big prescriptions for him. Gradually, Tigger became amazingly transformative. His fur was no longer matted and dry but soft and silky, he gained weight and happiness at the same time.
However, the family once noticed that Tigger had been drinking water eagerly, unlike what he used to usually do. Nicole had a hunch that was something off so she rushed him to the vet again. Turned out, Tigger was determined ḳidռey failure and he had been carrying a golf ball-sized tum.or inside his body.
As a true cat lover, Nicole didn’t feel awful but strengthened herself to accomplish Tigger’s will: living the best days on Earth. She created a bucket list and joined with him in every activity
“Though he has kidney failure and we found a tum.or, he kicks it like a 12 yr old. We decided to create a bucket list full of random adventures [for Tigger].” – She wrote on Facebook.
Tigger was such an amazing kitty, he loved being outside and wandering around the beach to soak in the sun. They had been traveling on the shore of Bethany Beach, where Nicole had a house. The couple celebrated Tigger’s birthday twice, he was even featured on Fox 5 DC to have a decent interview. He had joined so many holidays with the family and another kitty. The couple had documented his bucket list adventures on a Facebook page and it went viral. People adored how Nicole accepted a senior kitty, how Tigger had changed the whole family for the good.
“The most important part is that Tigger’s story just shows how amazing it is to adopt a geriatric pet and give them the best remaining days! He has forever changed our hearts and will hopefully change the hearts of others when it comes to adopting older pets!” – She said.
Unfortunately, when they finished off celebrating Tigger’s 2 years “Gotchya Day”, he peacefully purred within 30 seconds and passed away in the owner’s loving arms. Nicole’s heart was bro.ken in pieces.
“The fact that he tucked his head in my arms purring in his last seconds means everything to us. He didn’t have to be stressed out at a vet visit. .. and he passed with his complete family… Mommy (Adriene), Daddy (Michael), and his brother Stuart (the 6-year-old cat).” – She wrote.
The fateful moment was memorable with Nicole, yet, she felt thankful and grateful because Tigger was safe in her embrace at the very last minute.
“He has forever changed our hearts and will hopefully change the hearts of others when it comes to adopting older pets!”