Maggie Mae was confined to a cage for quite awhile after her owner of 14 years claimed that she was moving to a hi-rise and couldn’t take Maggie with her, even though she took her other four cats! Maggie is a long haired, sandy beige color with very faint stripes running through her coat, she has a white neck and white around her nose and mouth. When I first saw her cowering in a little hut that was in the back corner of the cage she looked broken, looking into her eyes you could see that she just gave up. I read her information and my heart broke for her, she’s a 14 year old cat and I knew that no one was going to adopt an elderly cat, everyone wants the cutesy wootsey, younger ones and pass by elderly and handicapped cats. Maggie has a serious heart murmur and needs to be in a stress free environment (sitting in a cage at PetSmart is far from stress free), I made a promise to her that day that I wouldn’t forget about her and that I’d be back to take her home with me, she would live out her days comfortable and spoiled, Saturday I went and fulfilled my promise to her and brought her here, to her forever home.
I was told that she would be stressed at first and probably wouldn’t eat for several days, opting instead to hide. I brought her home, opened the door of the carrier and then let her be so that she could decide if and when she wanted to venture out, and to where. Maggie began eating and drinking on Sunday, she also began seeking attention from me on Sunday afternoon. I am amazed by this cat, she is probably the single most loving cat I’ve ever seen (and I have seen hundreds over the years), the second night here she very gently jumped up on my bed to cuddle against my neck. Often when people adopt a cat they will believe the cat to be boring and disinterested with everything, the truth is that they must acclimate and de-stress before you will see their true personality show.
Maggie has very few teeth left so I adjusted her food accordingly but she plays like a kitten would, she seeks love and affection and is docile to an extreme, she will not bite or hiss no matter how agitated she may become and is just pure loving. Her former owner has no idea what she missed with this old girl, and all of those people that went over to look at her in her cage and then saw how old she was and scoffed before moving on to another, I’m glad they did because their loss is my gain! It’s easy to lose faith in humanity when people are so horribly vain, they want the best looking, “designer” animals, they don’t want one with the slightest imperfection and they judge by age. I understand that it’s a terrible thought to adopt an animal that may well only have a few years left, only to lose them but let me tell you this, they are the same loving creature they were as a young one and if for no other reason, they deserve to live their lives out being loved and cared for as any young or “designer” one does.
I can’t prove it but I have worked with a load of cats over the years and I would swear that Maggie has, at some point been abused. There are certain signs, behaviors that abused animals exhibit and of course in spite of her age, there seems to be an issue with her gait, a spinal issue. It breaks my heart to think that anyone could ever harm any animal but I have unfortunately seen so much of it, which is why I fear that poor Maggie may have been a victim of abuse at the hands of some ignorant, black heart! She’s in her forever home now and she is loved very much, she will not want for anything and no one will ever be unkind to her. The next time you see an elderly cat for adoption please just remember that you may be one of the ONLY people that would ever give that cat a home, the alternative to finding that one adopter is too horrible to think about. Old cats need love too and if I were to leave her there, it would be like taking my great grandmother out of hospice and putting her in a linen closet for the remainder of her days!