The title says it all really, a senior cat enjoys a new life. Oh, sorry, my name is Dusty, how do you do *shakes paw* Miranda thought it would be a good idea for me to introduce myself and tell you about the adventures that brought this old cat to a new home home and safe haven, when things looked bleak and hopeless.

Many of you have complimented me on my recent photograph used in the Cat on my Head Sunday Selfie, where Mum and I really enjoy doing the rounds every week, visiting everyone, and I am learning such a lot about the wonderful cats and dogs of the *checks notes* er… inter net.

A Senior Cat Enjoys a New LifeLife as a senior cat was not always so good

My story is hazy until about 2.5 years ago when carer Michelle took me under her wing as my family left me behind when they moved. Apparently this is frighteningly common, but as I was a 12 year old senior at the time, it was particularly brutal. Michelle looked after me, fed me and kept me safe and I am grateful for her care and kindness. She was a regular volunteer at the same rescue as Mum which is how they met.

I was a nervy boy, and Michelle despaired of brushing my long grey fur, calling me ‘Scruffy’ as my coat got more and more tangled and I hid under the house away from busyness and people. She did not hold out much hope for finding me a new home when, suddenly, her family was offered the opportunity to move to better work further north. The family was allowed to take 5 cats to the rental (until they could buy) and I was kitty number 6…….

  • It’s at this point that things get a bit mystical, and Mum believes Peanut took a paw…….

Missing Dusty (Scruffy) Stokes ValleyOur local rescue could not take me on, I was a senior cat, and considered unadoptable, so Michelle began to hunt for a new family for me. The clock was ticking, and with less than a week to go, things looked bleak and she was facing the very real possibility of having to have me……. *swallows*……….. well you get my drift….

It’s at this point that things get a bit mysterious, and Mum believes Peanut took a paw. Mum and Dad agreed that they would not replace Peanut, as you could not replace the irreplaceable girl she was; but that if a cat in need crossed their path, they would not turn away. So when Michelle sent Mum the advert she has placed online desperately seeking a new home for me…. She feels Peanut nudged fate my way, for which I am grateful.

Mum is still learning about seniors, and some of you will remember Nemo, also a senior who stole everyone’s hearts. He set Mum on the path of ‘senior learning’ and gave the family the courage to adopt an old boy who had no hope. The same boy you see here today, learning step by step that all is not lost when you are left behind……

See you next time,
Dusty Cat
Dusty Small






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  1. Thomas Archer

    December 13, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    *claps paws* Wot a pawsome story – Dusty, you was meant to be with Aunty *smoochies* You gonna be safe and loved, buddy – welcome home xxx


  2. da tabbies o trout towne

    December 8, 2015 at 7:45 am

    dood…..thiz iz a total lee awesum furst dairee….oopz….we got cheeze on R mindz…yur furst diaree entree….N ewe betcha peanut hada paw in helpin ya get frum ther ??????? two heer XXXXXXXXX

    HOORAY !!!!!

    lookin for werd ta mor diaree entreez !!

    insert heartz XXXX


    • Dash Kitten

      December 8, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Thank you Tabbies, appreiate the vote of confidence!


  3. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    December 8, 2015 at 5:17 am

    *gives Dusty a warm welcoming hug* so nice to meet you Dusty and to learn about your before now story. I am constantly amazed that humans can simply drive away and leave a companion animal behind
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    • Dash Kitten

      December 8, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Miss Savvy, Silver told me all about his AdventurCat buddy! You youngsters – such times eh?


  4. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    December 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Do you know what, Dusty? I think that maybe Peanut helped you find your new home, too. I really do. purrs

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  5. The Island Cats

    December 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Dusty. It’s nice to meet you. And we’re so glad you found a new home. We know you’ll be very happy there. 🙂
    The Island Cats recently posted…Easy E’s Jim Shore Christmas Selfie SundayMy Profile


  6. The Swiss Cats

    December 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Nice to meet you, Dusty ! We’re glad you found the best forever home you could dream of ! Purrs
    The Swiss Cats recently posted…Catify to Satisfy : c’est Noël avant l’heure !My Profile


  7. meowmeowmans

    December 7, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Dusty, it such a pleasure to meet you. We’re so happy you’ve found such an amazing FOREVER home!
    meowmeowmans recently posted…Easy Like Sunday Selfie – Cossack 🙂My Profile


  8. Brian

    December 7, 2015 at 3:39 am

    You are in a wonderful place now Dusty and your new Mum will listen to you, so tell her what is impawtant to you.
    Brian recently posted…Sister Kit’s Sunny Easy Selfie DayMy Profile


  9. Flynn

    December 7, 2015 at 3:32 am

    It is very nice to meet you Dusty. I am very glad you have your forever home and I am sure you will be very happy in it. Thank your new mum for saying there is a card in the mail. My mum only started writing my cards yesterday because they were late arriving, and had already written one for your family. She does the ones that have to go the furthest first. They go in the mail tomorrow morning.
    Flynn recently posted…Sunday Selfies.My Profile


  10. Summer

    December 6, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I’m so glad you found a home, Dusty, and I can guarantee you will never, ever be abandoned again!
    Summer recently posted…Special Guest SelfieMy Profile


  11. Lone Star Cats

    December 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Glad ya’s got a home Dusty. It are nice to meet ya.
    Lone Star Cats recently posted…Dear Santa Paws,My Profile


    • Dusty Cat

      December 6, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      * nosetaps * Thank you guys, this is my first post, appreciate your being first to comment.


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