According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), a good 42.9 million households own a cat. The average lifespan of your average cat is 15 years, so no matter where you’re at in life when you first meet your beloved feline, you’ll certainly grow together.
In recent news, for example, a Japanese grandmother called Misao bid farewell to her beloved rescue, Fukumaru. Even as an elderly woman, she learned a lot about the simple joys of life by spending plenty of quality time with her cat. Thanks to Misao’s photographer granddaughter Miyoko Ihara, their memories have been well documented and literally immortalized in books and sites across the Internet.
As independent as cats may be, they’re always there for us.
They’ll be there through our moments of happiness and periods of heartbreak, so it’s important that we’re there just the same for them.
Below you’ll find 20 photos of before and after stories of cats that’ll melt your heart!
#1. Just look how big they got!
#2. Tucked in and ready for sleep!
#3. Everything is on THEIR term!
#4, These two sisters don’t look alike at all but are equal parts adorable.
#5 Might be time for a bigger bed!
#6. Just hanging out in a hammock!
#7. This kitty wants to be a photographer!
#8. Looks like he struggles to stay on that cushion now!
#9. When your sink overflows with all kinds of orange squeeness!
#10. Cute and innocent as a kitten and then comes the cattitude!
#11. Might be time to consider buying some new furniture!
#12 “Yeah, so I’m still right here”!
#13. Did your heart just melt? Well, ours did!
#14 As my guitar gently grows by leaps and bounds!
#15. Who could resist this level of cuteness?
#16, “Still looking at cats on the internet, human”?
#17. Through thick and thin – hair, that is!
#18. What a cute, little snowball!
#19. Super Kitty is looking Super Sleepy!
#20. Even cats never forget their favorite toys!