There are many kind humans caring for cats in the neighborhood. The human who runs the Community Cat group, which is a cat rescue in Whitewater, Wisconsin, is one of them. This cat rescue group helps with trap, neuter, and return programs in order to keep the feral population managed and to make sure felines have good lives.
One of the felines that was helped by this cat rescue group became very attached to the human who runs the organization. His name was Oscar, and he liked to spend time on this human’s porch. The human tried to make him an indoor cat, but he refused. Instead, he chose to live on this human’s porch, and only came inside when a lot of wet, watery things fell from the sky loudly.
Oscar became very well known in the neighborhood, and many humans, both small and grown, would come by to pet him and to spend time with him. He had a very good life for an outdoor cat, because he was loved, had a good supply of noms and water, and would receive care from the humans in white coats when it was needed.
For many years, Oscar was a happy and playful feline. He spent five years living on the porch, enjoying the attention from humans, and having a lot of fun. But one day about a year ago, he got sick and was diagnosed with renal failure. Three humans had to work very hard to give him fluids.
That is when the human running the cat rescue group that saved Oscar in the first place decided that they would not force treatment on him. As could be expected, his health declined, and a few days ago, he stopped eating entirely.
Oscar left us yesterday, being cradled in his human’s arms and being told he was loved. He chose to live his life in a way that made him happy, and I know that he was grateful that his human did not force treatment on him.
I am sad that Oscar is no longer with us, but I am glad that he was able to enjoy five years of being a loved member not just of one home, but of a whole community!