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Raystede shelter sees its fair share of senior cats, which is always such a heartbreak - first because no kitty wants to become homeless after a lifetime spent in the loving embraces of their family. And second because the older cats are often the hardest to find new homes for, so they can spend a lot of their Golden Days waiting in the shelter while the younger ones get chosen first.
You might wonder why someone would send their faithful senior kitty to a shelter. Unfortunately it's often because their human has died and the family left behind doesn't want to take care of the cat. A lot of times people surrender their cats to the shelter because they are moving and aren't allowed or able to bring their animal with them. Divorce is another big reason as well as the sudden appearance of a newborn baby in a household, which can upset some furbabies who are used to being the only child.
It's hard to see these beloved cats spend week after week in the shelter, so when one finds a new loving home there is often much rejoicing and some tears of happiness (and secretly some sadness to see them go).
Recently we had 17-year-old Mo in the shelter for quite a while. Her human had died, poor sweetie, and after a month or more of her sleeping her days away in the shelter, Raystede made a big push on social media to find someone who wouldn't mind living with such an old (but lovable) lady. A home was finally found and all of the cattery staff and volunteers have been so excited and relieved for her. Because while Raystede is a loving, comfortable shelter, nothing beats a home with a family who can love and adore a kitty until her last day on Earth.
It's hard to decide what the very most cutest bit of a cat is. Would it be their fuzzy paws? Their dreamy eyes? Their tempting tummies? I think we can all agree that there's one part of a cat's body that isn't very cute, especially when it winks at you just inches from your trying-to-sleep face. (Yes, I mean the ass-terisk that punctuates your cat's back side.)
That aside, I'd like to suggest that it might just be the cat's nose. There's something about their dainty felt-tip sniffers that melt me.
Case in point:
There are many cat nose varieties to admire, including the Tasteful Dot:
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And of course the Smudge:
The beguiling Perfectly Pink nose is particularly yummy:
And a few Honourable Mentions:
And finally one of the most beautiful cat noses I know, belonging to Lyra the fuzzy love muffin who sleeps at the end of our bed, who purrs love and comfort into my heart when I'm down and who absolutely forbids me to bring home any other cats:
Do you have a cat with a lovely nose? Why not hire me to visit and shoot some professional portraits of your fuzzlovie and maybe even you too. See my Glamour Puss page for more information.
By Cammie Toloui
Inspired Wedding Photojournalism, Portrait, Cat and Event Photography in Lewes, Brighton and beyond
Call 07813 433347