We don’t know how many pets are suffering from living in an abusive home. By the time that they are saved, what’s left is an animal that’s filled with fear, anger, and hopelessness. The same goes for this cat who was already at a senior age when someone came to save him. Despite that, the rescuers believed that they could at least give the cat the life she deserves.
She once lived in a lovely home, until her owners passed away
Cinnamon, a 17-year old ginger cat, once lived in a home where her owners gave her everything she wanted. However, all of that changed when her owner, an elderly couple, passed away before her. Since that time, she was left under the care of relatives who ironically, didn’t care for her.
The senior cat spent her days living at a home where people will chase her around with sticks, and any abusive acts that she never experienced before.
Living at an abusive home eventually changed her
That was the first time that Cinnamon felt nothing but fear after she lived at a home that mistreated her. Eventually, she began to hate humans, and every time people see her, she has this face that’s eternally frowning. Seeing her like that makes you think what a life of abuse did to her. A SCARS (Second Chance Animal Rescue Society) volunteer named Valia Orfanidou met this cat and went to snatch her away from her past home to give her a second chance at a better life.
However, it wasn’t an easy task
Due to Cinnamon’s mistrust and acquired hatred towards humans, Valia could only visit the cat’s room to refill her water and food bowls and tidy the room. Cinnamon would sit far away at a corner and wait until she goes away. If Valia tries to approach her, especially with a broom in hand, she would aggressively hiss at her.
As months went by her personality improved little by little
Valia was desperate to gain her trust that she started sitting closer to her in total silence. However, she would just stare and move away after a few seconds. After a few months of doing the same routine, Valia finally saw improvements.
“She started allowing you to sit next to her sometimes. She started eating in front of us and moving around the room as if we didn’t pose that much of a threat. Sometimes she would meow to me at the door, but once I entered she would just avoid me again,” Valia shared.
Valia finally got the cat to trust her, and the cat finally felt warmth from a person
The volunteers including Valia will always end up with scratches every time they try to pet Cinnamon. That’s why they started wearing protective gloves or even extending their sleeves just to give a shot of petting the angry cat. One day, Cinnamon allowed Valia to pet her, and in fact, Valia even heard her purr for the first time! Valia never felt happier that day.
“The more I petted, the more she purred. The more she purred, the more I felt like crying with joy,” she said.
Cinnamon passed away at a home where she felt loved once again
17 years is a long time for a cat, in fact, an average house cat has a lifespan of 13-17 years. However, Cinnamon was able to beat the odds and lived up a year more. Only this time, she was able to spend her remaining days feeling the warmth of love thanks to Valia and the other volunteers.
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