More often than not we hear of stories about man’s best friend being dogs but cats form special bonds with humans too and can be a great comfort to their loved ones.
When Trooper, a beautiful black and white cat, was rescued by a family she was just two weeks old, but it soon became clear who this adorable cat was closest to.
“She was in the wall, and my mom and sister had to get a sledgehammer, and bust out the sheetrock and get her,” owner Alex Hackney told The Dodo. “She was about 2 weeks old. Her eyes were barely open.”
As Trooper grew, she became closer to the grandmother at their Florida home, 96-year-old Sarah Whaley.
“My grandmother actually lived with us for 18 years,” Alex said. “She moved down here to babysit me and my sisters when we were little. She just kind of stayed. She was definitely a major part of our household. She was the matriarch.”
Sadly, Grandma Whaley got sick and took to spending most of her days in bed but not without the company of cat Trooper who adored her.
Grandma Whaley had bottle-fed Trooper and give her all the love, but their true bond wasn’t apparent until this particularly difficult time for the whole family.
Trooper would visit her every day, sleep on her bed and even bring her gifts such as socks she found around the house. The sicker she got the more gifts she would bring her.
“You could just look into her eyes and tell that she knew what was going on, and she was very upset about it,” Alexis added.
Trooper would even rush to her aid when Whaley had a panic attack and stayed until she calmed down.
When the heartbreaking moment arrived and Grandma Whaley passed, her beloved cat was inconsolable, she even stopped eating and would pace around the house crying.
Thankfully Trooper is doing better now but still leaves gifts on the floor near the bed where her beloved Grandma Whaley once lay.
Cats may not show it but they love us and form bonds that are hard to break.
Please share with all the cat lovers you know; we all need comfort during these difficult times.