Masher the cat (update!)

Remember my post last week about rescuing Masher the cat? Masher was abandoned at the pound after being with the same family for 13 years. They moved his litterbox downstairs, Masher couldn’t get down the stairs, had ONE accident, and next thing he knew he was abandoned to death row.
Luckily FACE stepped in, posted his story, and now Dill and I have a new cat.

The first few days I was really, really scared for him. He didn’t want to eat, he had a lot of trouble breathing due to a respiratory infection and he didn’t go to the bathroom at all. I ran lots of hot water, creating lots of steam and used a humidifier to break up his snot and help him breath. He had meds, but those were upsetting his stomach since it was empty. Dill and I turned into jerks and force fed him. He was not a fan.

But finally, on day three…

Masher ate food! Lots and lots of food! Now his appetite doesn’t stop!

We moved him into my office so that I can sit with him while I work and he can watch Supernatural with me. He finds it dull and predictable, but I’ve explained to him that he’s a cat, so what does he know about television?

Now that Masher is feeling better, I’m finding myself even more shocked by his owners actions. This is a cat that comes running when you walk in a room. He flops over so you can rub his belly. He puts his paw on top of your hand, on your cheek, on your knee and turns his big green eyes on you as if to just say “Hey there! I’m here and I’m glad you are too!”

He wants pets. Constant pets. You think you’ve given him enough pets? Hell no. Until your hand is unable to move, he would like you to use that hand to pet him some more please and thank you.

Which baffles me. When we went to adopt him we were expecting a senior cat with a lot of issues. Maybe he would be distant, lethargic or have mobility issues. None of that would be an excuse for ditching him, but maybe it would at least offer some explanation.
Instead we have this wonderful cat, obviously with lots of life and love left in him. He was let down by people he trusted but hasn’t given up. He loves us and we love him.

So, with all that said, if you are looking to adopt, I know it’s incredibly hard to bypass the kittens. They’re kittens! They’re so cute and fluffy and the eyes are SO BIG OMG!

But if you can, maybe take a look at the 

adult and senior cats? I’m glad we did!

Meet Masher!

And Last week while Dill was out of town I saw a facebook post about a sweet older cat named Masher. I know we all see sad animal posts every day on facebook, but this one struck me.

See, Masher is 13 years old and had lived with his family all his life. Then they decided to move his litter box downstairs. Masher had difficulty making it up and down the stairs and eventually he had an accident at the top of the stairs.
Obviously the sensible thing to do would be to move the box back right? But no, his family decided that the best course of action would be to take him to animal control!
Poor Masher who had made one mistake suddenly found himself on death row.
Luckily our low cost kitty rescue FACE found out about him and pulled him out. 
I shared the post and Dill who is very used to me saying “I want to rescue this cat! And this dog! And this one! And this one!” said “go get him”.
We did.
Then licks.
Took about five minutes to make the decision to sign.
And home!!!
Took him about five minutes to realize that this was it and all of a sudden it was purrs, head butts and all the love he could give. 
He’s sick right now with an infection, which we were told is pretty normal for shelter cats. We decided it would be better to isolate him at home and give him the meds than to keep him at the shelter and let them do it. He has a much better chance of recovery when he’s not so stressed. 
Looking forward to orange hair on my knitting! 
Also if you’re in Indy please go check out FACE. They do great things there!