If you are new to the blog, you might have heard me talk about Nemo before but not know about him. Nemo was our ‘fospice’ care senior from Upper Hutt Animal Rescue. He became an instant member of our family in 2015 and is still looked on with love and affection. With Nemo we celebrate:
Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Nemo was a frail senior and we did not have him long. He was ill, hence the need for foster/hospice care. I was also with him when he crossed the Bridge after a few short weeks.
You might think that is a sad memory to have but I can say that I am happy and proud to be there to bid him farewell. The family was happy to care for this older guy who would otherwise have spent his last weeks in a rescue. Our memories of Nemo are ones we look back on with a happy heart.
I met Nemo at Upper Hutt Animal Rescue. The Rescue is totally committed to cats and no kill so I had no worries about his care, but I immediately asked Donna Bridger, the rescue’s welfare officer, if I could look after him. He had to come home with me, I just knew it.
Our little senior boy spent his last weeks in a sunny garden with whatever he wanted to eat. He was made welcome by the cat family without any hesitation. I even got used to his odd habit of not closing his eyes completely, which worried me at first but, he was fine.
For anyone hesitating about adopting a senior cat
Please consider a commitment.
You are giving an older cat so much security and joy.
You are adopting a car who is settled and happy
A cat who will not make huge demands for playtime
Warmth and comfort for the cat, happiness and company for you.
This photograph (above) is one I treasure. A little bony senior boy who leapt with determination on to a sunny chair. He slept safely and peacefully. Nemo inspired writer Paul Magrs to paint his portrait. It is a small masterpiece of cat magic for which I am deeply grateful.
Senior cats are available every day, week and month of the year. Don’t pass them by in favour of a cute kitten they bring so much happiness.
Harvey Button (Senior)