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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
This is so sweet, it just might make you cry...

We were in Wal-Mart the other day and Mom was at the photo department so I snuck on over to the pet isle, just because I love to look around there... An elderly lady, probably around 70, wandered into the isle I was in with a basket with some kitty litter, a litter box, a kitty bed, a food and water bowl, and a collar in it. I smiled at her and asked her, "What's your kitties name?" She said his name was 'Sammy' and went on to explain that her husband had passed away last year ()and she was lonely. So there was a little orange tabby, 3 month old kitten waiting for her at the shelter where she would pick it up on the way home. So I helped her pick out some foods... some Meow Mix and Fancy Feast and Natural Life, and then wrote down 'Nutro' for her and suggested she go to PetCo and pick some up because it was good dry. She thanked me for my help and went on her way...

It was so sweet and sad! A little kitten, without a home, and a lonely elderly woman... I was so touched, it just made my day!
post #2 of 29
Awww, thats the sweetest!
post #3 of 29
That's great. Must have felt good to help.
post #4 of 29
That's very sweet. I hope they have good times together.
post #5 of 29
That is so sweet that you helped her. I hope the two of them are very happy together.
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
It was extremely sweet and I was so happy that a little kitten found a home and that she would have company... It felt good to help.
post #7 of 29
That's a great story. I am glad that she and the little kitten have found eachother
post #8 of 29
Oh how sweet.
Bless them both and you for helping her.
post #9 of 29
Well, I'm gonna interject a different opinion on this. A woman of her age really shouldn't be adopting a kitten. Afterall, cats can live up to 20 yrs. and that would put that woman at the ripe old age of 90. I mean, what are the chances that you or I will live that long?

I witnessed a unhappy circumstance at the animal shelter I support. An old man had sold his house and moved to an apartment that didn't allow animals (probably senior citizen housing). He surrendered his 2 seven yr. brothers to the shelter and they were there for months & months before someone adopted them and THEN they were both surrendered back to the shelter.

I'm telling you, it just about broke my heart. Not only that but those two big boys were two of the most beautiful cats I have EVER seen! They were deep burgundy red and white tabbies........absolutely stunning! I've never seen such coloring in my life. Yet, because of their age, no one wanted them .

Nope, I believe older people should adopt older pets.
post #10 of 29
Awww that's sweet!

I once ran into a guy that was a trucker, and had an older orange male that he took in his truck with him. He was buying 2 bags of litter. One for his truck, and one for his house (which he commented won't get used nearly as fast since he spends a lot of time on the road).

My Grandma is 78 years old and has 3 cats! She's had cats live into their 20s. Her oldest cat is 15, she has a 6 year old, and a 2 year old cat. She found them all as stray kittens in her yard! She found homes for their litter mates. She is very capable and hold a part time job still! She also has 2 dogs. She often worries about what will happen to her animals if something were to ever happen to her! Her friend will take the dogs, and my cousin will take the kitties. Her animals are her life, and she still gives them the proper amount of play and attention...
post #11 of 29
Awe that is just so sweet, its great to help Thats just so great that now these two have each other And of course ur help was just so great !! Its always a great feeling whenever u help others I helped people out today too and I felt so happy! I also talked them into spaying and neutering too But ur story is just too sweet!~
post #12 of 29
That is so sweet!!!!
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by PookieBoy View Post
Well, I'm gonna interject a different opinion on this. A woman of her age really shouldn't be adopting a kitten. Afterall, cats can live up to 20 yrs. and that would put that woman at the ripe old age of 90. I mean, what are the chances that you or I will live that long?

I witnessed a unhappy circumstance at the animal shelter I support. An old man had sold his house and moved to an apartment that didn't allow animals (probably senior citizen housing). He surrendered his 2 seven yr. brothers to the shelter and they were there for months & months before someone adopted them and THEN they were both surrendered back to the shelter.

I'm telling you, it just about broke my heart. Not only that but those two big boys were two of the most beautiful cats I have EVER seen! They were deep burgundy red and white tabbies........absolutely stunning! I've never seen such coloring in my life. Yet, because of their age, no one wanted them .

Nope, I believe older people should adopt older pets.
I understand your concern, but I think that this is much like saying that children under a certain age shouldn't have animals either. You just simply can't lump all people into a category due to their age. Certainly the story you just portrayed is very sad, bless those two kitties hearts, but I don't think it's unusual for people to live into their 90s. My family all has, and I have to say here, that KuntryKitty may have been off on the age. She's very young (albeit very intelligent, a thoughtful and insightful poster, and very mature), and at least to me at her age, everyone that I saw that was older I tended to tack on at least 10 years to their age. It was just the perspective of my age... everyone 30 and above looked ancient to me.

In any case, I think that elderly people would be just as likely to make if not more likely to make arrangements for their animals given that they *know* something might happen to them. It's the rest of us that expect nothing to happen until we reach a ripe old age ourselves that just simply don't prepare (for the most part) for what may happen to our animals. Surely I don't expect to pass away until my 90s, and haven't made any plans to that extent. Although, I do know that my sister would take my cats for me, just like I would take hers if something happened to her.

Currently my mother has a bird that will outlast her. I suppose we'll end up with it, but in the meantime that cat is going to have a wonderful, well-cared for life. I do agree that perhaps picking an older cat would have been better, but sometimes you just can't control what cat picks you or what cat you just simply fall in love with.
post #14 of 29
That is so sweet! Good for her for wanting to give a kitty another chance and having a companion also.
post #15 of 29
Thread Starter 
PookieBoy- I can see your side of the story, but CatsAreBetter also has a point. (And thank-you for the flattering comments, CatsAreBetter. ) I mean, now that kitten has a great home with somebody who seemed like a loving and caring lady; and if she hadn't of picked that kitten, maybe somebody less caring would have. Sometimes you can't alter fate, and I had a certain feeling that maybe those two were just meant for each other, it was great. And it is possible that she may have been younger than she appeared, I was just comparing her to both my grandmother's and she appeared to be of the same age, though looks are known to be decieving.
Non-the-less, it brightened my day. [/font]
post #16 of 29
Speaking of how "looks can be deceiving":

My cousin down the street from me looks after her daughter's 5 month old baby during the work week. About twice a week my cousin's neice comes in and helps out (she doesn't work). Oftentimes she will take the baby out in the stroller.

I ran into my neighbor friend the other day and she mentioned how she'd seen the white haired woman with the "young" face, out walking the baby.
Well, I explained to my friend that that white haired woman is actually only 45 yrs. old and is prematurely, totally, and gloriously white haired!

Sorry I got off topic but I thought it was worth a mention.
post #17 of 29
that is very sweet btw pookieboy at the shelter where I volunteer we would adopt to a kitten 70 year old lady and if she passed away I am sure her kids will take the cat but we do require that you are 18 or older to adopt since pets are a lifetime commitment but they always come back to us if something were to happen. but I can see your side of the story, but the cat and lady need each other.
post #18 of 29
I think that's a great story!

We never know how long we are going to live, and that shouldn't deter us from doing anything. The woman might not have been 70, either... she might have looked older if, say, she had cared for her husband and he had a lengthy illness.
post #19 of 29
That is so wonderful! I hope they are very happy together!!!
post #20 of 29
And let's consider not only the cats, but the person, too -- who could possibly need the loving companionship of a cat more than an elderly person? For many of them, caring for a pet gives them a reason to go on living, a way to remain active and continue to enjoy life, despite having lost their spouses and many of their friends.

In fact, studies have proven that older people with pets are generally healthier and happier, and usually live longer, than those without. That's why shelters take animals into nursing homes, and some hospitals have "therapy animals" who visit patients.

I don't for one second begrudge an older person the loving comfort of a cat or dog in their later years. Yes, it's sad when an owner dies and the animals are suddenly alone in a strange shelter... but both for us and for the animal, the saying holds true:


'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by PookieBoy View Post
Well, I'm gonna interject a different opinion on this. A woman of her age really shouldn't be adopting a kitten. Afterall, cats can live up to 20 yrs. and that would put that woman at the ripe old age of 90. I mean, what are the chances that you or I will live that long?

I witnessed a unhappy circumstance at the animal shelter I support. An old man had sold his house and moved to an apartment that didn't allow animals (probably senior citizen housing). He surrendered his 2 seven yr. brothers to the shelter and they were there for months & months before someone adopted them and THEN they were both surrendered back to the shelter.

I'm telling you, it just about broke my heart. Not only that but those two big boys were two of the most beautiful cats I have EVER seen! They were deep burgundy red and white tabbies........absolutely stunning! I've never seen such coloring in my life. Yet, because of their age, no one wanted them .

Nope, I believe older people should adopt older pets.
I understand where you're coming from, but having an animal has proven to lower a person's blood pressure and improve their overal mental AND physical health. This woman should (as all of us should) make sure that provisions will be made for her cat should something happen to her. When my sister was having an operation last year, she got so nervous something might happen during the operation that she wrote up a letter instructing me what to do with her cats (6 of them) becuase of their various ages and temperments.
I think it's just WONDERFUL that she has a friend to love. My 81-year-old mother has a HAMSTER that she dotes on...
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
And let's consider not only the cats, but the person, too -- who could possibly need the loving companionship of a cat more than an elderly person? For many of them, caring for a pet gives them a reason to go on living, a way to remain active and continue to enjoy life, despite having lost their spouses and many of their friends.

In fact, studies have proven that older people with pets are generally healthier and happier, and usually live longer, than those without. That's why shelters take animals into nursing homes, and some hospitals have "therapy animals" who visit patients.

I don't for one second begrudge an older person the loving comfort of a cat or dog in their later years. Yes, it's sad when an owner dies and the animals are suddenly alone in a strange shelter... but both for us and for the animal, the saying holds true:


'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
I completely agree. We lost my grandpa Cloud in 2003, and my grandmother was suffering from depression. Last fall, my mom approached her saying that a coworker found an older cat (at least 1-2 years old..we felt a kitten would get too underfoot) that really needed a home and asked her if she wouldn't mind adopting him.

She hemmed and hawwed (like she does) but finally agreed. The first night he spent in her home, he came and sat in her lap anytime she sat down (and continues to do so to this day). This cat was meant to be with her, even if she claims to not like cats (puhlease lady, you coo and babytalk the kitty to death, and you don't like cats!).

She named him Boots, and her life has improved significantly since she got him.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by menasmom View Post
I understand where you're coming from, but having an animal has proven to lower a person's blood pressure and improve their overal mental AND physical health. This woman should (as all of us should) make sure that provisions will be made for her cat should something happen to her.
exactly! when i made my will, i not only chose someone to look after any pets i have at the time of my death, i set aside money to go with them, to help pay for their care.
my sister told me, 'i hope it's not me.' it is her. but i told her she could rehome them - she is just the responsible party for seeing that they're taken care of appropriately. she's also the executor of the will.
post #24 of 29
My purr-sonal opinion on senior people adopting kittens aside.....it's wonderful that woman will have someone to keep her company, to love & to cherish. She will not be alone in this world anymore.
post #25 of 29
Nice story. Helping a little old lady pick out things for her new kitten would make my day too! I can imagine how much brighter her days will be with her new little companion
post #26 of 29
I think its great, who cares about her age? she is willing to get 1 kitten out of a shelter. She sounds like a nice energetic elderly person and she will no doubt treat and spoil the kitten as if it were one of her grandchildren. Pets are great companions.

I take my hat off to her, for her kind deed, and to KuntryKitty for helping her.


Heres a saying I once heard. I don't know who its from but I think its appropriate for this thread.

"AGE IS JUST ANOTHER WAY OF KEEPING TRACK OF TIME"
post #27 of 29
Awww!! What a very sweet/sad story. Sounds like those 2 were meant to be.
post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks everybody! It is true you should not let your age deter you from doing anything! I hope I run into her again somewhere, so I can ask her how Sammy is doing... It just warms my heart to think she is no longer alone and now has somebody to fuss over, and that that kitten has a loving home where a few days before he was alone in the world too.
post #29 of 29
Aww I've seen this happen before with my grandmother.

When I moved away to college in 2002, I had to leave my 8 year-old Jazmine behind. My grandmother still took care of her though. Now that my grandfather is in a nursing home (he has Huntington's Disease) Jazmine has my grandmother's attention quite often and is well-cared for. Every time I call her, she has a new story about growing old with Jazz, or something silly she did tht day. Even though I could take Jaz into my own home now, I can't imagine leaving grandma without her. They are best buddies.

I'm so glad this woman has someone to love in her new kitty =^.^=
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