Genteel and handsome senior cat Granville has finally found his forever home.
This is the story of one cat. Each cat has his own story, and this is the story of our Cat of the Week, Granville C.
Granville lives with seven kitty siblings and a human Mam and Dad in Whitehaven UK, in a home where each of the cats is appreciated, well loved and well cared for.
His Mam has become so well known locally for her open caring heart that she now gets called upon when some deserving little soul with a tough history and challenges in health or disability needs a good home. We could easily do a profile on Granville’s Mammy but this is his story.Granville enjoying a recent spring day
Here is Granville’s tale by his own telling, as presented by a family member in August of 2010, shortly after he joined his new family:
A long time ago, when TV’s were black and white, wheels were square, when people used abacuses, I was born.
I was hit by a car about 3 human years ago and lost my eye. It’s ok though, I can still see pretty well, even though my sight’s fading in my remaining eye now.
When I got old, my previous owners didn’t want me anymore. I don’t know why, I’m a nice old chap. They told the cat rescue lady that they were moving to a place that wouldn’t allow cats. But if they loved me they wouldn’t go somewhere that wouldn’t let me be there, right?
I was left outside my old house in a cardboard box, with no food or water. They didn’t even tell the cat rescue lady my name, so she called me Big Lad. I’m so glad I don’t have that name anymore!
The cat rescue lady came to get me; she had a houseful of kitties so I lived outside in a kitty kennel. I was there for over 2 years as kittens and cute kitties were picked and taken home. All I really wanted was for someone to pick me. But everyone I was friendly to said I was ugly. I got depressed and wouldn’t come out of my kennel to meet people.Looking a bit rough and scraggly when he first came to his new home
Then one day a lady and a man came, I didn’t know it at the time but these were to be my new Mammy and Daddy Dave. The lady looked at me, I peeped at her, and that was it, we were in love. I came shooting out of where I was hiding and purred my loudest to let her know I wanted to go home with her. The lady and man spent so much time stroking me and talking to me; I loved it! The lady even sat on the grass (and got cat poo on her bum) just so she could be closer to me.
A few days later the cat rescue lady dropped me off at my new home, I got a shock when my new Daddy Chris walked in. He didn’t know I was coming to live with them! How sneaky is that? But I nuzzled his hand and put my cute face on and he fell in love with me too!
I was only here for a few days before my new Mammy took me to the vets and had my teeth taken out. That wasn’t much fun. But it meant I could eat again! My teeth were in really bad shape, and I had ulcers in my mouth too. Oh, and really stinky breath. I had an xray done of my back and I’ve got something called Spondylosis. It used to hurt really bad, so did my teeth, but now I’m not in pain anymore.
My Mammy was told I was around 11 years old, but the vet said I was closer to 15. Not that I know what those numbers mean, age is a human concept. I feel like a kitten again!
I’m so glad I found my furever home.
Granville’s story does not end with his own happy ending note. It continues below.One of our favorite pics of Granville
Granville has shown himself to be sweet, lovable, and possessed of a natural gentility since joining his family in the summer of 2010, and he has made a place for himself in everyone’s hearts. Health concerns have continued,and his family has diligently taken him to the vet for diagnosis and treatment. One concern has proven worse than anyone wanted it to be, and he now faces life with a serious and incurable condition. His family is providing care to make him comfortable and feel as well as he can, so he can live out the rest of his days happily, peacefully and with dignity.
We are happy that this one cat with a compelling story has finally found the good and loving home he so deserves, and wish him and his family well. We hope he still has many sweet days ahead of him and that he may enjoy them to the fullest.
August 3, 2011
Note: Granville crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. His loving family let him go in order to spare him the suffering the final days of his illness would have brought. RIP and run free, Granville.