A Canadian animal rescue group mourns the loss and celebrates a well-known and well-loved cat’s heritage. Grandpa Mason was euthanized on Thursday, a feral tabby who earned hundreds of thousands of supporters for his dedication to orphaned kittens.
Tests showed that Mason’s kidneys had started to fail after being diagnosed with advanced kidney disease almost three years ago, the non-profit Tiny Kittens wrote on social media.
“We have had to love this glorious old’ lost cause’ feral cat for 1069 days,” read an emotional tribute on Mason’s Facebook page.
“For every single day, I’m thankful, even today as our hearts are breaking into a million parts. This is the sunset that I hoped I could give him; the last gift he deserved so much; at home, in peace, free from pain and surrounded by love and kittens.
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Day 1055: Grandpa Mason styles Peggy’s hair. 😻 See Grandpa Mason and his Kittens on Facebook for his latest health update. His incredible rescue story: TinyKittens.com/cases/mason #catsofinstagram #kidney #disease #feral #tnr #worthsaving #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #kittens #cats #rescue #spayandneuter #adoptdontshop #fosteringsaveslives
InyKittens, based in Fort Langley, British Columbia, rescued Mason from bulldozing rural property in 2016. The group defined the cat as “old” and “battle-scarred,” noting that he had numerous medical concerns, including a badly wounded foot and serious dental problems.
After learning that Mason also had developed kidney disease, TinyKittens knew that if he came back to his outdoor lifestyle, he would not be able to survive long.
That eventually made Mason an internet star was what occurred next. Founder of TinyKittens, Shelly Roche, took Mason home. Gradually, the fearful and fierce cat started to become more comfortable in the house, but he still required a lot of personal space. When Roche brought home five foster kittens she was getting prepared for adoption, that started to alter.
“I put down the kittens and they began to climb and invade his personal space all over him,” she informed The Dodo in 2017.
“I was right there in case he got angry— I was expecting him to hiss or growl or slink away.” Instead, a dog began to lick Mason’s ear, and the old dog “shut his eyes like it was the most incredible thing ever,” she said. Roche added the “pure happiness” look on Mason’s face to make her understand he’d probably craved some kind of affectionate touch.
“And while with me he definitely didn’t want that, he must have missed it out of his own kind,” she said. The affectionate, gentle and playful attitude of Mason with foster kittens resulted him to earn the nickname “Grandpa,” and several videos told the tale of the soft side of the grizzled cat went viral.
The rescue group’s social media pages, including one devoted to Mason, demonstrate countless videos and pictures of the former crotchet cat cuddling, grooming and playing with a broad range of many foster kittens— as well as teaching them manners.
Grandpa Mason thinks there is much to teach this impudent Bean Bunny 😄 pic.twitter.com/guegB3OUyD— TinyKittens HQ (@tinykittensHQ) October 25, 2017
TinyKittens announced on Sept. 18 that exams discovered Mason — who had already lived much longer than his original prognosis— experienced complete renal failure. Mason spent his last night cuddling with kittens as usual in his favourite bed.
According to TinyKittens, he was euthanized at home “quietly and painlessly.”
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Grandpa Mason’s test results from this afternoon show his kidneys have failed. We were not expecting it to happen this fast. With the certainty that his body is failing fast, the most important gift we owe him is the dignity of a peaceful and painless transition before he reaches a point of suffering. He has important Grandpa work to do over the Bridge, and so many there are eagerly awaiting his arrival. I’m sure Nano, Stanlily and Woodstock will be first in line. So, we’ve decided that Mason will spend one more night in his favorite bed, surrounded by his kittens and his Auracuda, and tomorrow we will pack his tiny suitcase, tell him once again how much we love him and how much he matters, and send him gently on his way. We have a plan worked out so he remains pain free and happy between now and tomorrow, and so he can get a few last kitten smooshes in for the road. Thank you to everyone who has shared this incredible journey with us. His story doesn’t end tomorrow, it simply becomes a new chapter. His impact will live on, and he will continue to change the narrative about feral, old, sick, “different” cats. We will make sure of it. #crf #ckd #feral #catsofinstagram #heartbreak #worthsaving #kidney #renal #rainbowbridge #love
The group wrote that it hopes that the tale of Mason will continue to encourage compassion for pets that some individuals might write off as “lost causes.” “His tale will not end tomorrow, it will simply become a fresh chapter,” the group wrote. “His effect will continue to live on, and the narrative of feral, old, ill,’ distinct’ cats will continue to alter.”