Pay it forward, helping an 18 year old kitty helps elderly parents.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

Samantha the 18 year old kitty paying it forward A good friend of mine has an 18 year old kitty which she absolutely loves and which has been ready to go into kitty heaven several times. I don't know how many lives this kitty has left, but it can't be that many...if any. The sad thing is that it's doting owner has been loath to leave this kitty at home by itself for more than a day, or in the hands of friends who have stepped up and were willing to make sure it is ok. Why?

Well, this kitty is pretty "spoiled" (actually just set in its ways) that it resents other people near her to a point where friends are either afraid of this cat (can you imagine an 18 year old cat with a hissing fit?) or afraid of people to where it will hide for days on end and won't come out until the owner comes back. It's amazing the hidey-holes in a house that a kitty can find where NO ONE can find it. Except maybe a dog! But that could stop an 18 year old kitty's heart and is not a good idea.

Now that I have set the stage...

The kitty's owner has been putting off visiting parents who are elderly and are going through some very tough health issues. In fact, this might be their last Holiday Season.

The owner of the kitty struggled with what to do for months and finally decided to board the kitty with her vet. At least she would be in a safe place.

When I went over to my friend's house and heard this tale, I told her that this was not a good idea and that I would stay with the kitty for 10 days. For some reason this kitty let me come close to her, hand feed her, and generally seemed to be comfortable around me without freaking out. When the owner saw this, she was very relieved.

And, yes, for 10 days I was the handmaiden of this kitty while I stayed at my friends house at night. And it worked out great. The kitty just slept all day and stayed up all night! It mostly sat at a window that I kept open and watched the night action out there, stuff that you and I can't see. When it needed company or wanted something, it would come and stare at me and I would hop to. It even came and sat on my lap one evening while we watched a TV show.

Every morning I would send a "proof of life" photo to my friend which was very much appreciated and she could concentrate on helping her parents through this difficult time.

So, yes, I think this act of kindness to a kitty was "paying it forward" to my friend who needed peace of mind to help her parents during their time of need.

This is a contest entry for November, "paying it forward".




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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Aw Hella, You are a kind soul to do this.   Now how did you get that kitty to sit on your lap?  You are a special gal!!!!

Nov 22, 2016 12:46 AM #1
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Oh Hella, that is a huge act of kindness and a grand way to pay it forward. I am reaching out to you through cyberspace and extending a warm hug to you. It was a good deed for kitty and the owner ... for certain.  

Nov 22, 2016 12:56 AM #2
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

I have 3 cats, they are completely spoiled, and I completely understand her hesitation to leave him just anywhere. That was so very nice of you to do this for her. :) 

Nov 22, 2016 01:01 AM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

What a sweet thing to do, Hella. I had a cat like that who eventually died at 20 years of age. As he grew older, he hated everybody except my husband and me, and my husband, I suspect, he only tolerated. He hissed and growled and attacked, I kid you not. But he was my baby. I trusted him with nobody and constantly worried he would attack sitters.  And I would have entrusted you in a heartbeat.

Nov 22, 2016 01:03 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Very nice story.  A

Nov 22, 2016 01:07 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Hella -- I'm sure your friend appreciated this offer very much and I laughed when I read you sent "proof of life" photos.  Kinda funny but certainly very important.   Purr-fect post.  

Nov 22, 2016 01:20 AM #6
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

What a great friend you are!!!!!  I'm sure your friend will be devastated when Kitty finally crosses over the rainbow bridge.  She has lived a long and happy life (or 9) but loss hurts nonetheless.  Great job.

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Nov 22, 2016 02:35 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Hella - You are an angel for doing this for your friend  and her kitty!  Cats are so very different from one another, and their personalities can be a challenge at times!

Nov 22, 2016 04:09 PM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is great that your friend was able to enjoy visiting her family without the burden of worrying about her cat.  A friend of mine has a cat that is going on year 22, I think.

Nov 23, 2016 05:03 AM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That is an act of kindness to your friend. It took sacrifice on your part moving out of your home for a time to keep the status quo at your firned's house. I know she is deeply greatful for your good deed. Happy Thanksgiving, Hella.

Nov 23, 2016 06:45 AM #10
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Hella - That's a very thoughtful thing to do for your friend and her kitty - kudos to you for your kindness.

Nov 29, 2016 11:52 AM #11
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Beautiful story! Your written words were weaved with love, compassion, and kindness. The choice between family duty and household commitment is often harder for some than others. You were instrumental in helping the owner and the kitty and I'm convinced, that old cat still had a kitties heart and understood. 

Dec 01, 2016 09:30 AM #12
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