He's old. Almost as old as his namesake from the Flintstones. Someone heard him, sitting in the road outside their house, crying for hours. They finally went outside to see what was wrong. He was limping, and was all wet like someone had thrown water on him. He was dirty, and he was hungry. And he was so happy to have someone to love. He began purring and rubbing against the person, as though asking for help. They brought him in and fed him, gave him a bath, and then they contacted me for help. I agreed to take him if we couldn't find his owners. At the time I didn't know he was ancient.
The vet did x-rays since Barney's leg was injured, and fortunately nothing was broken. His blood tests all looked good except he has a UTI so he needs medicine for that, and then he'll need a dental to clean up the very few teeth he has left in his mouth. The vet said he is an Abyssinian, which explains his unique coloring.
Finding homes for one year old cats is difficult enough - I have never tried, but I think it is going to be very difficult to find a home for a twelve to fourteen year old cat. I'm embarrassed to admit that since the day I took Barney home, I have been feeling sorry for myself for being "stuck with" an ancient cat that may never be adopted. When I should have been feeling sorry for him, being stuck with me and the rest of my pets and foster pets. My house is definitely not his idea of a cushy retirement home. He's been through some awful things, lost his home, his family, and his familiar surroundings. Somehow he injured his leg (which now seems to be healing) and now he's stuck in a scary place with loud dogs and a person that comes in twice a day and shoves some really bad tasting medicine down his throat. I am sure he is just wishing he could go back home. Maybe his family didn't look for him because they couldn't be bothered. Maybe they looked but they were looking in the wrong places. Maybe they just kicked him out when he got too old. I don't know what happened, but if Barney had been microchipped we'd have been able to find out. Please microchip your pets. Don't ever make them go through what Barney is going through. Even grouchy ancient Abyssinians don't deserve that.