MEET MR. BELVEDERE: A TOMCAT WHO SPENT THE FIRST TEN YEARS OF HIS LIFE OUT ON THE STREET.
Having been part of a small feral cat colony for many years, a senior cat had attracted a lot of fans among the many of the people who care about the colony cats. Traps were put out for Mr. B, the cat in question, but he was a wily cat, to say the least, and seemed destined to live out his remaining years as a stray.
One would be rescuer desperately wanted to give the elderly cat a better life, but it seemed to Linsay Raturi, the old campaigner had other ideas!
However, life as we know can sometimes surprise us. As was the case for Raturi, who went to check on her cat trap one day, getting the shock of her life at finding Mr. B in the cage! Raturi it would seem had achieved the impossible, or had Mr. B simply had a change of heart?
“When Mr. B walked into the trap, I think he realized he need help and that maybe we were gonna help him,” Raturi said.
Raturi immediately brought Mr. B to the vet for a checkup, only to find he was suffering from ear mites, mange, and Feline HIV!
This being the case the vet recommended that the aging feline be put down, but one look into Mr. B’s eyes told Raturi another story Mr. B still had the will to live, and Raturi was going to do whatever it took to support him.
Raturi took Mr. B home and had issues right off the bat! There was no way Mr. B was going to let her pet him, which also meant there was no way he was going to let her give him his medicine. So Raturi decided to see if he would allow her to pet him with a wooden spoon.
This seemed to work, and Mr. B calmed down a little, so Raturi progressed to petting him with a garden glove. This was when Mr. B found out he liked getting his head scratched. Soon Raturi was petting Mr. B with her bare hands, and the senior cat was taking his medicine too.
Slowly but surely, Mr. B began recovering from his various illnesses, and once he was healthy enough, Raturi started looking for the right forever home for him. She quickly found the perfect new mom for him: a cat lover named Jenna Decristofaro.
“I cried when I saw him,” Decristofaro said. “We brought him up to my apartment and let him roam around. Just thinking about the moment, I get teary, because it was so special.”
Decristofaro treated Mr. B like her son, and in return, Mr. B became the biggest mama’s boy. The cat loved cuddling more than anything, and he always enjoyed spending time with his mom. Looking at him now, it’s hard it believe this sweet cat lived on the streets for ten years!
“I wanted him to live a good, long, happy life,” Decristofaro said. “And I wanted to be a part of that.”
Today, Mr. B is doing great! Decristofaro shares photos and videos of all his adventures on his Instagram page. Decristofaro says Mr. B loves playing with toys more than anything—he’s become a kitten again in his golden years!
MR. B IS A SWEET TOMCAT WHO HAS FOUND A WONDERFUL FOREVER HOME. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MR. B, CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW.
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