RSPCA’s oldest cat returns to nursing home
Morag in his new home. Photo: RSPCA
Golden oldie Morag ended up in rescue at the age of 21, the equivalent of 100 years in human years.
Came into the care of the Holdings Animal Rescue and Rehoming Center in Kempsey last month, after her previous owner was no longer able to care for her, she had people willing to adopt her from Australia, from Japan and the United States, after his story made headlines around the world.
The oldest cat ever to enter the RSPCA Animal Placement Center in Worcester, Morag chose to stay closer to home in retirement, finding family in the West Midlands.
Staff at the RSPCA branch in Worcester and Mid Worcestershire, which run the centre, initially feared that Morag’s age might discourage potential adopters. But a call for the super senior moggie took off very quickly, with nearly 50,000 reactions and more than 3,000 shares on a social media post.
A calm and quiet home – which was essential given her advanced age – was identified for Morag in Worcester, not far from the centre, where she has settled in well.
His new owner affectionately described Morag as “high maintenance, as you would expect from a senior cat”, and said his favorite hobbies are “sleeping, walking and eating”.
She is said to have ventured upstairs and into the garden and really enjoys being picked up for a hug, purring loudly in everyone’s ears and joining her new owners on the couch when they watch TV.
Ned Cotton, who runs the relocation centre, said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response to our appeal for a care home for Morag. Home offers came from Michigan, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania as well as Australia and Japan. People also sent gifts and toys and we were very touched by all the messages we received wishing him good luck.
“We never thought for a moment that her story would take off the way it did, but a 21-year-old cat looking for a nursing home to live out the rest of her life seemed to resonate with people and us. we were inundated with interest and offers of homes for her.
“Her coat was very matted when she was handed over to us so part of it was shaved to make her feel a little more comfortable. But her fur is now growing back and her new owner says she is starting to have sound really fluffy, which is wonderful to hear.
“We are delighted that she has found a wonderful home and we know that she will be pampered and much loved there, as she deserves.”
Morag’s story has also helped raise the profile of the Worcester branch’s local animal welfare work, with more people visiting their website, connecting with them on social media and learning about animal adoption. a pet from the Holdings Rescue and Rehoming Center.
While the famous feline may have found her forever home, there are still plenty of other cats at the center still hoping to find their own, including five-year-old Todd, who finds cattery life rather frightening and overwhelming, four-year-old Gideon, who bears the scars of his previous life as a stray, and six-year-old Declan, who was given up for adoption because his previous owners were moving and couldn’t take him with them.
You can see all the cats currently up for adoption here.
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