Woman adopts hospice cat in her ‘final days’ – shocked at what happens next

A new cat owner caused a stir online when she revealed that the older pet she had just adopted turned out to be nothing like she expected.

In one Post shared on TikTok on TuesdayUnder the username @mariannananananna, the reddish-brown cat named Binky can be seen taking a shower. He plays with his owner and runs to the park on a leash with as much energy as a young cat in its prime.

In the heartwarming post, his owner says: “I’m adopting a 19 year old hospice cat and thought I could give him a quiet home so he can rest in his final days.”

British animal welfare organization Blue Cross says that under optimal conditions, domesticated cats can live up to 20 years and go through six main life stages.

The first phase is the time when they are kittens. It starts at birth and lasts until 6 months of age, which is the best time for animals to learn. From then until about 2 years of age they are still young cats, and then cats reach their full size.

Between the ages of 3 and 6, they are in their prime, which, as the name suggests, is the peak of their life. Then they are considered adult cats when they are 7 to 10 years old; and from 11 to 14 they are senior. When cats reach 15 years of age or older, they are considered geriatric.

Adopting a senior cat is a great idea, especially if you’re out and about all day and just need some feline company at home. This is because older cats are generally strong and independent cats who are naturally more sedentary and generally happier than younger animals would be.

The old cat's energy melts hearts
An older ginger tabby rests outside on a wooden surface. A senior cat’s energy after being adopted has melted hearts online.
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The video quickly went viral on social media, reaching viewers from across TikTok. It has received over 1 million views and more than 115,000 likes on the platform so far.

One user, Taryn Eames, commented: “One [of] Our old man cats went WILD in his senior year. He was so relaxed then he was given 30 days and lived full strength for 9 months lol.

And bd posted: “My childhood cat lived well into her 20s! My aunts turned 27!

Newsweek asked @mariannananananna via TikTok chat for comment. We were unable to verify the details of the case.

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Rick Schindler

Rick Schindler is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Rick Schindler joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: RickSchindler@worldtimetodays.com.

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