‘She’s my million-dollar baby’ Senior Rescued Cat Adores Just One Person

When Jenna, a dedicated animal rescue volunteer, first encountered Isabelle, a frail cat suffering from severe illness, it was more than a meeting—it was the beginning of an extraordinary connection. What started in a moment of urgent need would blossom into a years-long journey of mutual devotion and healing. This is their story.

Isabelle’s Health

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When Jenna first met Isabelle, the cat was in a dire state of health. Isabelle suffered from severe sores throughout her throat and mouth, which were so debilitating that she couldn’t eat or drink. Jenna recalls the challenging beginnings of their relationship. To help Isabelle survive, Jenna took on the role of a medical foster, inserting a feeding tube and administering antibiotics. Amidst the medical struggles, a deep bond was formed. “I was so scared, but she wanted to be here. She was in her perfect home,” Jenna reflects.

Deepening Bonds

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Isabelle’s health gradually stabilized, but her attachment to Jenna grew to the extent that she showed no interest in anyone else. “She only likes me. She doesn’t have any interest in anybody else,” Jenna observes.

However, their peaceful coexistence was challenged when Jenna’s daughter was born. Isabelle, accustomed to undivided attention, struggled with jealousy. “Isabelle was so jealous and wanted so much attention from me,” Jenna notes, describing the tension. Despite her jealousy, Isabelle never harmed the baby, though her glares were noticeable. Jenna had to adjust, buying duplicate baby items such as stroller to manage Isabelle’s emotions.

Isabelle Got Sick Again

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The situation took a turn for the worse when Isabelle fell ill once again. According to Jenna, they had just returned home when Isabelle’s condition deteriorated significantly, coinciding with her daughter being only six weeks old. Jenna attributed Isabelle’s illness, diagnosed as pancreatitis, to the stress brought on by the changes in their household dynamics. The diagnosis was a wake-up call for Jenna. “I cried all the way home because I thought, what am I doing? I’ve got this cat that’s so attached to me, she’s made herself sick over me having a baby.”

Determined to maintain the harmony of her family, Jenna proactively sought ways to make sure Isabelle, her beloved cat, continued to feel loved and cared for amidst the family’s evolving dynamics. Jenna made a concerted effort to spend quality time with Isabelle, especially when her daughter was napping. She would play with Isabelle during these quiet moments, ensuring the cat still felt a crucial part of the family. Additionally, Jenna introduced new forms of entertainment for Isabelle, such as television shows featuring birds and squirrels, to keep her mentally stimulated and content.

Million Dollar Baby

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As Isabelle grew older, her health issues became more frequent, but Jenna’s dedication never wavered. “She’s my million-dollar baby; she’s worth every penny,” Jenna asserts, affirming the value of Isabelle’s presence in her life. Despite her aging body, Isabelle’s spirit remained tied to Jenna. “She follows me around like a dog,” Jenna remarks. Her life adapted around Isabelle’s needs, from altering daily routines to avoiding long vacations. “I have not taken a vacation longer than two nights in 7 years because I’m afraid to leave her,” Jenna admits, underscoring her commitment.

Now, as Isabelle approaches her 18th birthday, the bond they share is more stronger than ever. Jenna contemplates the future with a blend of gratitude and sorrow: “I get emotional now because she’s almost 18, and I don’t know how to live my life without her. I love you,” she says, her voice laden with emotion.

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