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Farewell to Grandpa Mason, the former feral who loved to care for kittens

Grandpa Mason and his foster kittens cat-sad
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When Mason arrived at the shelter, he was an old, battle-scarred feral cat with a bad attitude. But that all changed when he met his human’s foster kittens.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 29/11/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:36

When one of the Tiny Kittens volunteers took Mason in, she knew it wouldn’t be for very long. Not only was he an old cat, he was also suffering from kidney problems, a common affliction in elderly felines. However, she was determined to give him the best life ever, no matter how little time he had left.

From independent stray to loving grandfather

At first, Mason struggled to live in a home. Having spent his whole life on the streets, he wasn’t used to the comforts of domestic cat life. In fact, it even looked as though it were causing him stress and anxiety. Mason’s mum was worried he was unhappy.

But a few weeks after his arrival in the home, Mason’s mum took in 2 foster kittens. She was a little worried at first, about how Mason would react, but she needn’t have been.

The senior’s personality immediately changed as soon as he laid eyes on the little bundles of fur. He was visibly calmer, and cheerier.


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What was even more surprising was that he started spending time with the kittens, sleeping next to them, carrying them to bed, and licking them tenderly. He was never happier than when he was in the presence of the young felines.


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And that was the case with every other kitten his human took in over the next few years. Every time, Mason, rightfully nicknamed ‘Grandpa Mason’, took the kittens under his wing, and took care of them as if they were his own.


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Leaving behind an incredible legacy

Unfortunately kidney failure recently got the best of poor old Mason. His humans decided to make the kindest decision, and have him humanely put to sleep. Before they did though, they let him have one last night of cuddles with his favourite kittens, for old time’s sake.


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In a heart-breaking Instagram post, his bereaved owner wrote:

“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."

And we’re sure Grandpa Mason will continue to care for all the kittens who are over the rainbow bridge. Thank you, Mason, for all your kind, loving work. Rest in peace, sweet boy.

If you want to know more about Grandpa Mason's story, check out the video below:


Mason is an ancient, battle-scarred feral cat with advanced kidney disease. Instead of euthanasia, we felt he deserved to live his sunset months in comfort, free from pain. What happened next will make your heart melt. <3 See additional videos of the adorable interactions between Grandpa Mason and "his" foster kittens at TinyTuxies. And please remember that spaying and neutering is the only way to prevent unwanted cats and kittens like Mason and "his" kittens from being born and suffering. Contact your local shelter or SPCA if you need assistance with spaying and neutering... most have free or low cost programs, and are happy to help. More about the rescue work we do: TinyKittens.com

Posted by Tinykittens on Sunday, May 7, 2017