Jazmin Felder’s house has become a haven for sᴛʀᴀʏ cats. One day when she heard meowing from her yard, she immediately followed the sound. There she found a sᴛʀᴀʏ tabby on the branch of the tree. She took the tabby in, made him feel at home, and named him Buddy. After a few days passed, Felder noticed that Buddy was not playing with the other cats.
When Jazmin Felder heard meowing coming from a tree in her yard last year, she never questioned whether there was room to add another cat to her current family of four felines. Felder said: “I was raised to always take care of what life brought to me. And every time a cat crossed my doorstep, I gave them a home of their own and all of my love.” Felder didn’t know how long Buddy, a ꜰᴇᴀʀꜰᴜʟ sᴛʀᴀʏ tabby, had been ʜɪᴅɪɴɢ between the branches of the tree — but he was clearly pleased to see her. He said: “He was at the very top and he was so happy to see someone he came running down to me. We brought him inside and he was so happy to be there.”
While Buddy seemed grateful to finally be safe and have a roof over his head, he shied away from sleeping or playing with Felder’s other cats. Instead of making friends, Buddy preferred to keep to himself. Felder was convinced Buddy would always be a loner, until a new addition to the family changed everything. Six months after Buddy arrived, a 5-week-old gray kitten named Hannah was found ᴀʙᴀɴᴅᴏɴᴇᴅ under a neighboring home and, once again, Felder found space for the sᴄʀᴀᴡɴʏ kitten to thrive.
Hannah and Buddy were opposites in every way — where Buddy was serious and withdrawn, Hannah was affectionate and outgoing. Felder said: “She’s extremely playful, and loves to cuddle up with you and sleep. She will run around with our dogs like she’s one too.” Under other circumstances the two cats might have ʙᴜᴛᴛᴇᴅ ʜᴇᴀᴅs, but for the first time, Buddy seemed to actually want to be close to another cat. Felder noted: “When we first brought Hannah home, Buddy instantly came to see her. He has always been reserved and shy, but from the first moment of meeting her his entire personality changed.” Months later, Buddy and Hannah are ʀᴀʀᴇʟʏ apart, and it’s not unusual to find the two cuddling on the kitchen counter — Buddy’s paw protectively draped over his bestie. Felder added: “They don’t just show affection while grooming one another, they hug and comfort each other. When friends and family visit they all tease how they want a love like Buddy and Hannah. I think they cuddle and hug each other because they really do care for one another.”
Hannah has become the most precious thing in Buddy’s life — and the once-lonely cat constantly works to show her how much she means to him. He noted: “Buddy will take food and give it to Hannah before he starts to eat himself. They enjoy batting cat toys back and forth, and seeing who can reach the top of the stairs first. We are sure Buddy lets Hannah win!” Not only have all of Buddy’s walls come down, but he has even adopted Hannah’s friendliness.
Now, all six ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ cats have finally become one big, happy family — and no cat is ʟᴇꜰᴛ ᴏᴜᴛ or sleeps alone. Felder said: “When you come across one cuddled up and sleeping the next thing you see is all five of the others right there as well.” For Felder, watching Buddy and Hannah’s blossoming relationship has been a true delight: “Seeing the bond they have formed together and seeing how Hannah brings out his happiness ᴍᴇʟᴛs ᴍʏ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ.” Aside from being best friends with Hannah, Buddy has also befriended the other cats. Felder is pleased that her cats have become a happy family and that Buddy no longer sleeps alone.