"I have a soft spot for senior animals," says Taylor of The Fancy Farm Girls of Honey Locust Hills. "And also the underdog—or cat."
Lots of people talk, but it takes a true Homer's Hero to act—and when Steve, a toothless, 12-year-old ginger, crossed Taylor's path, it was his lucky day.
Taylor found Steve three months ago behind a dumpster at an IGA store, a place where people in the area tend to dump cats. The women who work at the store feed the kitties and have them neutered/spayed, but it was clear that Steve needed extra attention.
For one thing, he had only two teeth in his whole mouth.
"He came to us pretty beaten up, so we assume that his experience with the other dumpster cats was not a positive one," Taylor recalls in an interview with HiHomer. He also suffered from an eye infection so bad, she thought the eye might have to be removed—although, with proper medical care, it seems to have cleared up for now.
Taylor quickly installed Steve on her 80-acre working farm in lower Michigan, which she affectionately refers to as "The Island of Misfit Toys."
"We have a kitty named Lip who needed his tail amputated due to injury," she tells HiHomer, "a dog with frog legs found alongside the road in the middle of winter, a Pyrenees with PTSD, and a one-eyed senior poodle, among others."
Steve has free rein of the farm but chooses not to bunk with Taylors other rescue cats Taylor has, although he's already formed a tight bond with Taylor and her daughter.
When he wants some alone time, Steve settles in for a nap in the little "apartment" Taylor and her husband built for him, where he can curl up in a heated cat bed on those brisk winter afternoons.
Because Steve is essentially toothless, with only two teeth left, Taylor feeds him a diet of wet senior cat food soaked in bone broth.
Steve likes to eat his food straight out of the can or from a small bowl, using his paw like a spoon.
Steve's life may not always have been easy, but he appears to be ready to head into his golden years enjoying all the comforts of food, warmth, and love a kitty can have. Best of all, he continues the proud tradition of rescuing "unadoptable" animals that Taylor and her family have established.
"Somebody," she says, "has to give special-needs animals a voice."
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