Jaina from the Cats of San Bernardino organization rescued Phoenix, who had been wandering outside a gated apartment complex for more than a year. Apparently, his previous owners had abandoned him, and as a result, he was suffering from severe depression. Upon further examination, it was discovered that he had contracted FIV and mange, which was causing hair loss on his face and redness on his skin. Despite his health conditions, Phoenix remained friendly and didn’t shy away from human touch, which made it easier for Jaina and her team to take him to their rescue home base. They immediately started his treatment, and with time, Phoenix made a full recovery.
Upon investigation, it was revealed that Phoenix’s age was much more advanced than his appearance suggested. It is highly probable that he already had fragile bones, which could be why he prefers to rest and sleep for long periods of time. Jaina recounted that Phoenix allowed them to pet him but he maintained a distant attitude and didn’t display any affection towards them.
Upon observation, it was evident that Phoenix preferred to be solitary and kept his distance from the other rescue cats. Accepting his personal space, Jaina respected his wishes. However, an energetic kitten named Ruby entered their lives and disrupted Phoenix’s sense of peace. The backstory revealed that Ruby was one of four kittens born in a backyard and neglected by their mother. Initially, all the kittens were ill and prone to weakness, requiring significant effort to nurse them back to health. Despite difficulties in feeding Ruby, she eventually began to seek out her own sustenance and regained strength.
Before long, something incredible took place! Little Ruby was drawn to Phoenix and began playing with his tail while using her tiny paw to stroke him. Jaina shared that she initially placed her hand over Phoenix, feeling uncertain about how he would react to the kitten’s presence, given his size. At the beginning, Phoenix appeared uneasy, nudging her away slightly, but Ruby persisted. Eventually, Phoenix gave in and started interacting with Ruby, almost as if he was trying to figure out what this little feline was up to.
Suddenly, to my surprise, Phoenix began grooming Ruby. As I observed this feline behavior, I recalled that cats typically lick each other for three reasons. Firstly, a mother cat licks her young to protect them from danger and leave her scent on them for identification. Secondly, cats from the same family often groom each other as a sign of affection and belonging. Finally, cats may lick each other simply to strengthen their bond with one another.
It seems like Phoenix’s motive is the third option. Ever since then, he has developed a unique bond with Ruby, revealing a new side of him that his companions had not witnessed before. At present, he loves to play with Ruby and accompany her wherever she goes. In fact, he even indulges in solo playtime as well.
Jaina expressed her delight in seeing Ruby bring out a lively aspect of his personality. According to her, Ruby played a crucial role in Phoenix’s happiness, and their bond was undeniable. It was evident that Phoenix required Ruby in his life, and they were a perfect match. Jaina wholeheartedly appreciated the fact that they had found each other and wished them all the best.