I write this with tears streaming down my face. Our beloved Oscar lost his battle with kidney disease on Sunday. We our heartbroken. He was, and always will be, a huge part of our family and we will remember him forever.
This is one of the earliest photos we have of Oscar (taken by Daz).
His tail was in a bad way, he had lots of fight wounds and was generally not in good health. He had clearly been on the streets for a while. It took so long for him to let us near him, he would run away and hide if we got too close.
As winter came, Oscar started to spend more and more time at the end of our garden in an area where the dustbins were kept. My heart broke as I saw him sat outside in the cold and when the snow started to fall he would shelter under a tree. We took him out hot dinners to keep him warm and help him to put on some weight.
After lots of hot meals and time spent near him, just talking, he let us stroke him.
He even let me groom him and cut the matted knots out of his fur.
He started trusting us more and more and ventured into our garden.
We had a little setback when he fought with our existing cats but with the help of Cats Protection we had him neutered and the fights were no more.
Many times I had invited him into the house but he always stayed outside. One day it was raining and I opened the door. A soggy little Oscar ran in and never left.
It didn’t take long for him to make himself at home!
From then on it was if he had always been part of our family. Our cats slowly got used to him being in the house and he settled in so well. He was so affectionate and loved being around us.
He really was the most funny cat you could ever meet. He made us laugh every single day. We have the most wonderful memories too look back on. We only knew Oscar for three years but for us they were wonderful and I hope they were for him too.
I want to write more but right now it is just too hard 🙁
I will continue to share his photos on his Facebook page as it is really helping me to cope, to remember all the good times.
We love you Oscar. Good bye 🙁