Grandma takes in stray cat, takes care of it for months. But then grandson comes over—what is that

December 8, 2017 1:10 pm Last Updated: December 8, 2017 1:10 pm

Grandmas are often the most precious people you will ever encounter. They’re kind and nurturing, and always open to feeding and taking care of people. Their nurturing nature can also extend to animals like cats and dogs.

In Kansas, Eric Hertlein’s grandmother gives the neighborhood stray cats a cozy place to stay in her enclosed porch, and recently a slightly different looking one had joined them. Hertlein knew his grandma fed and cared for stray cats, so that was what he was expecting to see when he went to visit her.

While walking in the house to greet his grandma, Hertlein saw something that did not fit the picture.

In the corner of the home he saw three furry animals curled up in their beds. First he saw one cat, and then a second one. Then there was a “kitty” Hertlein’s grandma had named Tete in the corner, blending in with the cats.

“She reassured me it was one of her cats,” he told The Dodo. “I told her it wasn’t what she thought it was.”

Grandma was confused by Hertlein’s laughter; he was amused by the entire situation.

“I laughed for a good five minutes. She didn’t realize what I was laughing about until I started pointing out the pointy nose and skinny tail. She didn’t realize he wasn’t a cat,” he said.

When Grandma finally realized the cat was actually an opossum, she was fine with it.

“She kinda just sat there,” Hertlein recalled. “Then she got a little closer … and slowly looked up at me with the biggest grin on her face and said, ‘Well, he hasn’t bothered me yet, so I’m OK with him being here!'”

Grandma had been taking care of the opossum since it was a baby.

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The opossum was not only comfortable with the other cats, but it also got comfortable with grandma. Hertlein found out that Tete had been sleeping in his grandma’s porch since it was a baby, likely an orphan and looking for a bit of warmth and love.

Though Hertlein was surprised by his grandma taking care of Tete, he is inspired by her kindness.

“She loves animals and taking care of them whenever she can,” Hertlein said. “It kind of just motivates you to do better and treat other beings better too.”