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Cats put up for adoption after owner moves into a nursing home

the cats will be re-homed together cat-sad
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A pair of 16-year-old Birman cats had to be put up for adoption after their owner became too ill to look after them.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 03/04/2019, 16:30, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:50

The elderly owner, from Maryland, USA, had recently decided to move into a nursing home. Unfortunately, the home couldn't accept the cats, a pair of Birmans called Zipper and Missy.

A heartbreaking goodbye

The trio had been living happily together for many years, and staff at the Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control witnessed the emotional goodbye. They said the owner was in tears as she handed over her beloved pets.  

The cats will now be put up for adoption. Wanting the very best for her cats in their new life, the previous owner wrote out a list of their likes and dislikes. It included:

  • Keep together
  • Never been in water
  • No kids
  • No outside (never been out)
  • Like to look out window
  • Missy skittish, afraid of loud noises

The cats will only be re-homed as a pair, and they'll come with an instruction manual on how to keep them happy.   The list also included a full meal plan and schedule:

  • Can’t eat dry food–they eat Fancy Feast–the kind with gravy.
  • Zipper likes his food served in a mound.
  • Zipper only eats Fancy Feast fish and shrimp.
  • He gets 1/2 slice of American cheese–crumbled into balls as an A.M. or afternoon snack.
  • Missy likes Friskies beef shredded with ocean whitefish and tuna.
  • Missy also likes Fancy Feast gravy lovers, turkey with gravy lovers, chicken and beef feast.
  • Chop Missy’s food

New beginnings for the pair

The rescue centre shared the heartbreaking story on their social media pages. It's been shared over 20,000 times and was viewed by over 1million people. With so much interest in the pair, the centre is confident they'll find a new home sooner rather than later.