Animal welfare officers from Purrfect Cat Rescue discovered Rocky and Buddy after a call from a concerned member of the public.
Come into the light kitties
It's unknown why their former owner decided to keep the cats locked in the basement, but the pair seemed in good health and had obviously been fed regularly.
Rocky and Buddy were a bit skittish at first, which is understandable given the length of their isolation from the outside world.
The eight-year-old feline siblings arrived at the Purrfect Cat Rescue centre, where staff began the long process of socialisation. This tends to be much harder when it comes to older feral cats, whose behaviours are far more ingrained than in younger cats or kittens
But the staff were amazed by just how quickly these wild cats responded to a little bit of TLC. One volunteer at the centre said:
"Buddy was cage aggressive to start (he does not like to be restrained) but quickly relaxed and settled in. Once out of the cage, he hasn’t stopped purring, rubbing, and talking!"
Buddy and Rocky became more and more comfortable around their new human friends and were soon put up for adoption. However, given everything they'd been through, they would only be rehomed as a pair.
Months passed by, but nobody was willing to adopt both cats. Older cats often struggle to find new homes and taking on two cats at the same time is a huge commitment for anybody.
The team at Purrfect Rescue began to lose hope. They loved having Rocky and Buddy around, but they knew a permanent home was the best option.
A happy new life for the pair
Finally, after months of waiting and hoping, an unnamed cat-lover from Chicago, Illinois, fell in love with the pair and was happy to take them as a duo.
Rocky and Buddy are now enjoying a happy new life, which includes lots of outdoor play and no more time in the basement!
Just how does a cat show its gratitude? Meet Buddy and he'll show you! He (and our friend, Rocky) were kept in an unfinished basement for 3 years. Possibly had not seen the sun shine for those years... for us animal lovers, we'll never understand. Buddy was cage aggressive to start (he does not like to be restrained) but quickly relaxed and settled in. Once out of the cage, he hasn't stopped purring, rubbing, and talking! He is a big boy loving life at this moment....we can only imagine how he'll feel when he has a home to call his own! ??? Available for adoptionPosted by Purrfect Cat Rescue Inc. on Monday, March 25, 2019