Forced To Leave His Home, This 16-Year-Old Cat Has Finally Learned To Love Again

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on May 1, 2016

Imagine being forced to leave your home after spending most of your life in its comfortable surroundings.

This happened to Orion, a gray tabby who is 16-years-old. While the reasons he had to leave are unclear, the fact is, it was an understandably difficult transition for the senior cat.

But luckily, the Kitty Adventure Rescue League in Fort Worth, Texas, an “Adoption Center & Home for Wayward Cats,” stepped in.

Now, Orion is living in the sanctuary with other kitties who are elderly or have special needs, and is being given the love and attention that he needs and deserves. And the staff, who love this sweet boy, couldn’t be happier to have him in their care.

However, Orion was nervous for the first week, and spent most of it hiding. But thanks to the patient staff, before long, he started warming up to his new family.

“He lost his only home, and he’s unsure of his new one, but he sure likes to sneak up and cuddle when you’re taking a nap. Welcome home, Orion. We’re happy to have you,” reads a post on the Kitty Adventure Rescue League & Sanctuary Facebook page.

One of his biggest helpers was Britches, an 18-year-old sanctuary resident. This welcoming kitty began to make the newcomer feel at ease.

As he got more comfortable, Orion couldn’t hide his affection for the sanctuary staff and gave them his tell-tale love sign: “head-bonks!”

It’s almost like he’s trying to give exaggerated head-rubs to those he loves!

Thanks to the Kitty Adventure Rescue League for the wonderful work that you do. If you’d like to donate to help cats like Orion, click here.

(h/t: Love Meow)