Elderly cats, like elderly dogs (and people) need all the love and support they can get. Sometimes, apart from various health issues, ageing can increase their anxiety and tendency to react aggressively. It can also change their social relationships with their owner and other pets in the house. Cinnamon is one very old cat. In fact, she is 17 years old and was thrown out of her home a few months ago. Imagine having to deal with ageing, health deterioration and a new environment.
Cinnamon used to have a home. She spent seventeen years there – and seventeen years is a long time for a cat. Her owners, an elderly couple, died a few months apart from each other, and Cinnamon was left in the “care” of relatives whose only concern was how to get rid of her and sell the apartment.
After being chased around in the house for days by strangers, Cinnamon was finally captured by a SCARS volunteer and was removed from her “home”. And she is angry for that. She’s angry at people, at life. She is angry at everything she doesn’t recognize. I don’t know if she was one of those cats that are never trusting or if it’s the confusion of the past months of her life that made her this way, but she is one sad thing to look at.
At first she couldn’t be approached. At all. After a few weeks she started accepting the human presence in the room and will even let you come close. But touching is out of the question. And that is heartbreaking. All we want to do is comfort her but she won’t let us.
Cinnamon will be spending the time she has left in a foster home. She has a clean room, a warm bed, good food and all the medical support she needs. She suffers from pancreatic cancer which is what probably causes the alopecia (loss of hair). Despite her old age and her temper, Cinnamon is a very easy going cat. Very quiet and very clean – her litter box is the cleanest we have ever seen.
Volunteers try to spend as much time as possible with her, but human company does not comfort her. On the contrary, it makes her nervous. She has this grumpy look on her face and she suffers every time she is approached. Lately she started mewing friendly when a volunteer she is familiar with enters her room. Maybe she has the potential of becoming a loving and tender cat one day, but time is not on her side, and that breaks our hearts.
I wish Cinnamon lives long enough to trust again. The saddest thing is having her die angry, confused and betrayed. And for the relatives that could not get rid of her fast enough, I wish they never get to experience what Cinnamon did when they are old and grey.
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