The handsome feral cat named Mason was not supposed to be adopted since he didn’t want to be a pet and live in a domestic house. This 10-year-old boy was somewhat ferocious toward people and keeping him would only make his life miserable.
Mason was rescued along with other feral cats who were living in a private property in British Columbia, Canada.
“We ended up bringing in about 26 cats one weekend, including Mason,” Roche, the founder of TinyKittens, told The Dodo. “He was one of our special ones because he had a massive growth on the bottom of his right paw. His tail had been broken multiple times. He had a bunch of infections. He needed extensive dental surgery. He was a senior cat who had no vet care basically his whole life.”
However, Roche knew that treating this senior cat is not going to be easy.
“He’s been feral his whole life, so he’s never had any positive interactions with humans,” Roche said. “He sees us as predators, essentially.”
After the treatment, Mason was supposed to be returned to his feral colony and the rescue group would just leave food out for him every day. However, they noticed something is not right about the cat’s urinating habit.
“We ran some blood work, and found out that he had advanced kidney disease,” Roche said. “We thought, ‘We can’t return him because he’s not going to survive the winter like this.’ We had gotten all his other stuff fixed up, but his kidney disease means that he needs a special diet and meds.”
The challenge is nobody really wanted to bring Mason home because they were afraid. So Roche decided to bring the senior cat home to live with her. Surprisingly, Mason started to become comfortable in Roche’s home after several days.
“I started coming out my bedroom in the morning, and I would notice toys all over the place and pillows off the couch,” Roche said. “That’s a sign of a fairly happy cat who’s up all night playing and acting like a normal cat.”
Then one day Roche brought home five tiny foster kittens named Moo Shu, Florentine, Scrammy, Hatch, and Fabergé. The foster mom was not sure how the senior cat would react to the little ones since he’s not really friendly at all.
The introduction was pretty challenging — or not…
“He has a little spot under a chair that he likes, and I put the kittens down and they started climbing all over him and invading his personal space,” Roche said. “I was right there in case he got upset — I was expecting him to hiss or growl or slink away. But then one of the ginger kittens started licking Mason’s ear, and Mason sort of leaned into it and closed his eyes like it was the most amazing thing ever.”
It was a beautiful sight to see.
“There was pure bliss on his face, which was really amazing,” Roche said. “It seemed like the one thing that was missing for him was contact with another living being. And while he definitely didn’t want that with me, he must have been missing it from his own kind.”
“He’s like Grandpa,” Roche said. “The kids come over and they play and they get away with all sorts of shenanigans. If they got really, really obnoxious, he would put his paw on them and just hold them for a minute.”
“He really just came alive when they were around,” she added. “He would play and snuggle with them. If they were all sleeping on one of the beds, he’d come over to them and climb on top of them, and push his way down to make room.”
“He was kind of lonely and in a place where he had to relearn everything he thought he knew, so to have these kittens kind of pile on him and give him love, and to also just play with him, it was the most carefree I’d seen him since he got here.”
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H/T: The Dodo