Nelson went home with David and Elizabeth in Hampshire, just before Christmas 2018, and wasted no time in settling in. He quickly found his favourite spot on the sofa and spent the evenings purring away contently beside them.
“He was very shy but he took to us straight away,” said David.
Heartbreakingly, though, Elizabeth was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer just a few months later.
She passed away in May 2019, and it was the comfort that Nelson brought Elizabeth and the companionship that he has given David since that really showed what a truly special cat he is.
David said: “He did a great job with Elizabeth. He would go and lie on the bed next to her and purr away. She ended up in a hospice, which was a smashing place, but while she was at home Nelson was always up there sleeping next to her. It’s a very cosy feeling when a cat is around. He’s a mega purrer; he purrs very loud.”
“Since losing Elizabeth, he’s been a great companion,” David continued. “He likes being with people; if I’m having breakfast, he’s always there beside me at the table sitting on the chair next to me. And he always sits with me in the evenings. So he’s been good company.”
And although nervous of youngsters at first, Nelson is now a hit with the grandchildren.
David said: “To start with, Nelson would go and hide behind the cupboard but now, he’ll come and sit next to them. One of them is allergic, which is a shame, but apart from that, they really like him.”
When Nelson isn’t lounging around indoors, he can often be found exploring his beautiful garden. Lovingly created by Elizabeth, she even planted catnip in the flowerbed for Nelson to sniff when outside.
He also has an unusual companion in the form of George the tortoise, who he inquisitively watches as he sluggishly explores the garden too.
And on the day Blue Cross visited for a catch up, Nelson was continuously purring away at full volume, simply for being in David’s presence. It’s a sure sign that he couldn’t be happier in his new home.
David added: “Elizabeth and I always had cats. When we were both young we had cats at home too. We moved around the world a lot and I always said: ‘home is where Elizabeth and the cat are’.
“And Nelson is definitely one of the friendliest cats I’ve known.”