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Elderly Cat Abandoned At 17 Is Given A Home To Spend Her Final Years





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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

SCARS is based on volunteer work and donations alone. If you wish to help the charity, you can donate via PayPal at: donate@scars.gr. For updates on her condition you can follow the charity’s Facebook page.

 



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30 thoughts on “Elderly Cat Abandoned At 17 Is Given A Home To Spend Her Final Years”

  1. my Josie is only 11 yrs old but my health is very bad.
    so i have an email daily check with a friend if
    she doesn’t hear from me she is to call and if i dont answer she is to come and get Josie but they have
    three dogs and are not really cat people. but they love
    all animals so i know they will find her a good home.

    i have an automatic feeder and auto water system
    so she doesn’t starve or go thirsty in case they are away.
    i have notice on doors and window to let people know
    she is inside and letter pinned to front door to let them
    know everything about her so they can find a good
    loving home who understand her and love her anyway…
    lol for she is a crazy little terror at times but so full
    of love for me although she doesn’t give to others
    please don’t count on relatives they are usually a
    disappointment

    1. Cinnamon’s health is stable. Every day she is doing a bit better. She meows when she sees us, but she still won’t be touched. There is one volunteer she is fond of, and when she sees her, Cinnamon rubs herself on her feet – but she won’t let her pet her.

  2. How is Cinnamon? Is Cinnamon still alive? I would like to have the chance to adopt cinnamon but I live inMedina Ohio USA. I have a friend Robert Manak that lives in Athens but he doesn’t like cats just dogs. Please let me know about Cinnamon. Your doing great work lease keep it up. You have moved my hart.

    1. Hello! Cinnamon is doing fine. We never considered adoption actually. Because of her age and her health, it would be too much to put her through another change in her life once again. But thank you!!

      1. God bless you for helping her….sharing the beautiful story of how her journey turned out and how it affected you is so meaningful. Humans don’t always see the magnitude of the precious gifts our animal companions have to share with us sometimes, it’s sad when that happens because they can teach us soooo much about love so deeply and powerfully. I hope Cinnamon continues to live a comfortable, happy, blessed, healthy life ♡

      2. Hoping that Cinnamon is still doing well, being well loved and well cared for. Thank you for not giving up on her. I can’t imagine having your whole world rocked like hers has been. So many people don’t realize that cats get depressed, just like people do. You are now her forever home….

        1. Thank you!! She is doing fine actually, which is a miracle. We were told that she only had a couple of months, and she has survived almost a year!! 🙂 🙂

  3. Thank you for helping her! So glad that she’s come around. She has suffered enough and so glad that she has settled. She is my heroine! Love ya princess!

  4. Ο Θεός να σε ευλογεί που κάνεις τη δουλειά του. You are to be blessed for saving this beautiful cat’s life and giving her some basic dignity in her old age. Love and peace.

  5. Hi,
    I would like to know how it goes to Cinnamon?
    I hope still well, I wish her so much love
    Thanks for Your heart Valia.

    1. Hello! Cinnamon is fine! She is still with us. The vet had given her a couple of months to live back in June 2016, but she is still here and well, against all odds!

  6. Just saw your video on YouTube about Cinnamon. What a beautiful, bittersweet story. I hope she is still doing okay. She was very blessed to be taken in by someone so patient who didn’t expect anything from her.

    1. Thank you! She is doing fine!! She is still with us, although the vet had told us she only had tow months to live (that was back in June 2016!!)

  7. Hello and thank you for this amazing story. Cinnamon made me cry when I saw the look in her eyes, she looked angry and bitter grumpy with hate. I thank you so.much for taking care of her and having compassion and love. As a new cat mom to a beautiful kitten that I luv I could never imagine mistreating an animal. How is cinnamon doing? Please update.

    1. Hello. Cinnamon is fine! She survived more that a year against all odds! The vet had told us back in June 2016 that she only had a couple of months left, and she is still here with us!!!

      1. Yassu Cinnamon and Valia. (hope that is the right way to say hello in Greek…) I think often of you and hope you are feeling better and better.

  8. God bless you for helping this wonderful elderly cat. I’m crying as I type this. I recently adopted a five year old cat and I love her so much. I promised her I would always take care of her and make sure she has a home if something happens to me. You are both so blessed to have each other.

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