Dying of kidney disease this elderly former feral cat played grandpa to rescue kittens

Grandpa Mason carrying a large kitten
Grandpa Mason carrying a large kitten. Screenshot.
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Grandpa Mason as he was affectionately known, was a geriatric former feral cat with terminal kidney disease. He was not so keen on people but he loved kittens. He lived at Tiny Kittens a rescue group in Langley, Vancouver, Canada and was the oldest feral cat that they’d seen.

The short video of Grandpa Mason carrying a large kitten to a den at the other side of the room is charming in the extreme. It has been widely viewed and praised.

I have referred to Mason in the past tense because as far as I know he has been recently euthanised. That sounds brutal but the post on Instagram by Tiny Kittens tells us that he was terminally ill. He was given the opportunity to play at grandpa to kittens which he thoroughly enjoyed before they decided to send him over the rainbow bridge.

We have to accept that as a good decision. May he rest in peace and I expect that he is busy carrying more kittens on the other side as I write this but without that limp. I think he had a bit of arthritis as well.


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Grandpa Mason’s test results from this afternoon show his kidneys have failed. We were not expecting it to happen this fast. With the certainty that his body is failing fast, the most important gift we owe him is the dignity of a peaceful and painless transition before he reaches a point of suffering.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣He has important Grandpa work to do over the Bridge, and so many there are eagerly awaiting his arrival. I’m sure Nano, Stanlily and Woodstock will be first in line. So, we’ve decided that Mason will spend one more night in his favorite bed, surrounded by his kittens and his Auracuda, and tomorrow we will pack his tiny suitcase, tell him once again how much we love him and how much he matters, and send him gently on his way. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣We have a plan worked out so he remains pain free and happy between now and tomorrow, and so he can get a few last kitten smooshes in for the road.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣Thank you to everyone who has shared this incredible journey with us. His story doesn’t end tomorrow, it simply becomes a new chapter. His impact will live on, and he will continue to change the narrative about feral, old, sick, “different” cats. We will make sure of it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣#crf #ckd #feral #catsofinstagram #heartbreak #worthsaving #kidney #renal #rainbowbridge #love ⁣⁣ ⁣

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