This guy has a heart. His name is John McCallum Swain. He likes cats to. He tells his story in diary form on the Quora.com website. It’s quite a long journey with a lot of realism, tenderness, love and reward.
The cat he rescued was and is quite old. John describes him as an “old boy”. He says that he was abandoned twice and when he saw him outside in the cold Californian rain he said that he looked like skin and bone and that most of his teeth were rotten. He found out much later that this old boy must have been in constant pain because of his bad teeth but he wouldn’t have known it because he endured that pain silently and with good grace such is the way with domestic cats.
John said that he had seen him outside for two years and that he was helping a neighbour feed him. His neighbour said that he had been abandoned twice and that he had spent the last cold, rainy winter huddled under plants and stairs.
One day he was driving past this elderly cat’s hangout when he saw him and knowing that it was going to be cold and rainy he decided there and then to bring him home – a big decision full of compassion. Thereafter began a long journey towards the cat’s rehabilitation. He named him Abraham (Abe).
Initially he fed Abe with pureed food because she was unable to chew. This loving male cat head-butted him and rested his head against John’s while scratching his back, chin and belly. The head-butt, John says, is a sign of affection and he is correct, of course.
John was telling his story in response to a question as to whether cat owners deceive themselves to a certain extent into believing that their cat actually feels true affection for them. In addition this questioner queried whether in deceiving themselves cat owners involuntarily altered their relationship with other people. John made it clear that cats do show genuine affection for their human companions.
To continue John’s story of rescue, he took Abraham to the vet where they pulled most of his teeth out because they were rotten. The vet said that he must’ve been in pain for ages. He was given pain medication and an Elizabethan collar which he wore for several weeks. He was miserable but still flopped next to John for a back scratch.
John discovered that Abe had been shot with a BB gun. The veterinarian removed a pallet from his left foreleg. Abe had endured the pain from that as well. That evening Abe fell asleep while John petted him. It had been a long day.
Abe healed quite nicely and he was learning to be a domestic cat as he had stop whining to get out of the house. He preferred at this time to stay in to enjoy the cozy beds, peace and quiet.
Several weeks later Abe had more teeth removed. He now has six teeth and is enjoying life. He likes to be brushed and he purrs delightedly. He kneads the air happily with his paws while being brushed. John gave him a winter bed with an emergency blanket foil under the padding which reflects Abraham’s body heat back into him for added warmth; a nice touch. This is the last update from John and it is dated 20 November 2018.
I loved a lot about this story. The rescue after two years seeing Abe outside in the cold during winter was a warm and realistic start. It was obviously a slow process for John and then his compassion took over and he simply had to take him in. I’m sure millions of people understand it. Although not many would respond to the feeling of compassion and take on the responsibility. The gentle care that gave Abraham to rehabilitate him to make his last years, or however long he has left, as happy as possible. There is something very rewarding about doing this for a stray, homeless cat. You do get it all back though, you certainly do.