According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 42.9 million households own a cat. The average lifespan of a cat is 15 years, so no matter where you’re at in life when you first meet your beloved feline, you’ll certainly grow together.
In recent news, for example, an Japanese grandmother called Misao bid farewell to her rescue, Fukumaru. Even as an elderly woman, she learned a lot about the simple joys of life through her cat. Thanks to Misao’s photographer granddaughter Miyoko Ihara, their memories have been well documented and immortalized in books and sites across the Internet.
As independent as these creatures are, they’re always there for us. They’ll be there through your moments of happiness and heartbreak, so it’s important that we’re there for them as well. Below you’ll find 25 photos of before and after photos of cats that’ll make you melt.
#1. Look at how much these two have grown!