Holy Cats, Catman! Welcome To Your Forever Home

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on June 27, 2020

Big Daddy the tuxedo cat has a secret identity. By day, he’s a mild-mannered senior cat strolling the halls of the Humane Society of Blooming Grove. But by night, he’s a masked crusader, defending kittens against terror in the night! He is Catman!

But Catman has retired from the shelter life and finally gone home!

A handsome lad somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 years old, Big Daddy was living life as a feral cat at the Blooming Grove Highway Department. But when the Humane Society of Blooming Grove set out to trap kittens, they caught Big Daddy, in all his masked glory, too. At the shelter, staff did the usual blood work and tests, revealing the handsome lad to be FIV positive. Knowing this, he couldn’t be released to the wild again.

The Humane Society of Blooming Grove/Facebook

Between his age, FIV, and thyroid and kidney issues, Big Daddy spent years padding around the shelter. But now, retirement from the cat hero biz has come. Big Daddy Catman has been adopted!

Cat Signal Reaches Home

Though the coronavirus outbreak has slowed the world, love can’t be stopped.

HSBG shared via Facebook, “So what do you do when during a pandemic someone emails and says they want the oldest cat at the shelter that is also FIV+? Make it happen.”


After the passing of her black cat, Jenn Jorge Nelson and her family were ready to adopt again. Using petfinder.com, the family found Big Daddy and knew he was the cat for them!

Jenn told the Times-Herald Record, “We’ve done that before, where we adopted a kitten and the oldest cat in a shelter.”


“It’s nice to experience a new animal and shape it into your life. But the older animals always get me, they need it more.”

That they do, as senior cats are often overlooked in favor of younger cats or kittens. If a feline has a medical condition or FIV, his chances of adoption reduce even more drastically.

So when the Nelson family wanted to adopt Big Daddy, staff said, “It’s been difficult to arrange meet & greets because of the small space but when we were contacted about Big Daddy, we definitely had to make it work somehow.”


Big Daddy Catman Home in the Mountains

The plan came together and Catman indeed came forever home where, as Jenn shares on the hero cat’s new Instagram page, “He will live out his glory days with me in the mountains.. taking his final leaps with a single bound.”


And though Catman is retired from the shelter life, Jenn encourages followers, “don’t miss out… the adventure isn’t over!!!!”

H/T: www.recordonline.com
Feature Image: The Humane Society of Blooming Grove/Facebook