Every pet has its own special day, but not all of them get to enjoy fun and memorable activities in their lifetime. Thankfully, 21-year-old Tigger is listed among the lucky ones.
Tigger was recently abandoned at an animal hospital in Baltimore. After seeing his condition on a Facebook community page, Adriene Buisch decided to adopt him and help him live the life he deserves.
A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and a marketing coordinator at Charm City Veterinary Hospital, Adriene narrated what happened during the adoption process. She said, “I called the hospital to get some background on the cat, and all they told me was that he was left there 9 months ago, that he was sweet, and had a lot of life to him.”
Adriene and her boyfriend Michael were actually looking for a new companion for their other 6-year-old cat Stuart, and when they laid their eyes on Tigger, they knew he was a perfect fit, although they were worried at first that Stuart wouldn’t like him as he has never been around other cats before.
As soon as they got there, the person-in-charge immediately went out of the room to get Tigger. When he got back, he was bringing a skinny cat in a gross, dirty towel. “He looked like a dinosaur,” Adriene described.
After that, the couple were given some time alone with the mature feline so they could decide whether they would still adopt him. At that moment, they just looked at each other and said, “Um yeah, we are taking him with us!”
Then they brought Tigger home to meet Stuart.
Surprisingly, the two instantly clicked.
“Tigger eats like a pig, cuddles like a baby, and loves to chase his brother around. Sometimes I think the two of them are partners in crime . . . as if he tells Stuart what trouble to get into because his body is too old to jump to high places,” said Adriene.
Sad to say, Tigger’s kidney soon began to fail. Adriene did her best to help improve his health. She bought him medicine and fed him a prescription diet.
“His hair has grown back into this plush soft coat, he’s put on healthy weight, and he went from drinking nearly a gallon of water a day to drinking like a normal cat,” explained Adriene.
Just when Adriene thought Tigger was on the road to recovery, things took a turn for the worse. While grooming the old cat, she discovered a tumor about the size of a golf ball.
Adriene recalled, “At that point, we decided we might as well start a bucket list because we didn’t know what was to come with kidney failure and the tumor.”
A day after Thanksgiving, the couple took Tigger to Bethany Beach in Delaware.
Tigger really had fun. He spent his day playing in the sand and walking along the water. He even made new friends along the way.
For their next destination, Adriene plans to take Tigger to Florida so that he can meet her family.