Cat Stays by Dying Grandmother’s Bedside, Honoring the One Who Raised Her.
This is the touching moment a loyal CAT refuses to leave the bedside of a [ᴅʏɪɴɢ] grandmother.
In 2014, Alexis Hackney and her family found Trooper while flipping a house — they heard her meowing from the basement and went to investigate.
“She was in the wall, and my mom and sister had to get a sledgehammer, and bust out the sheetrock and get her,” Hackney told. “She was about 2 weeks old. Her eyes were barely open.”
They couldn’t find Trooper’s mother, so they took the tiny kitten to their home in Tallahassee, Florida, which they shared with Whaley, Hackney’s grandmother.
The cat has loved one woman more than anyone else in the world — 96-year-old Sarah Whaley.
“My grandmother actually lived with us for 18 years,” Hackney said. “She moved down here to babysit me and my sisters when we were little. She just kind of stayed. She was definitely a major part of our household. She was the matriarch.”
Not only did Whaley adore her grandchildren, but she also adored the family’s cats. And she formed a particularly close bond with Trooper.
“My grandmother would
bottle-feed her, and she’d sit there and talk to her, and tell her how cute and sweet she is,” Hackney said. “Trooper’s the kind of cat where she has one person, and that person was definitely my