A Grandpa and His Cat’s Special Bond Is Captured in Photos
Ask Jiji and this beautiful cat named Kinako, who changed his life, and you’ll learn that it’s never too late to find a new best friend. With his wife and his granddaughter, the photographer Akiko DuPont, 94-year-old Jiji resides in Tokyo, Japan. After receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis of the disease a few years ago, Jiji appeared to lose hope that he would ever regain his former self.
DuPont told The Dodo, “I think it’s easy to feel afraid, lonely, miserable, and lost when you find out you have Alzheimer’s.” I could see it in him. He tried his best to cover it up, but I could still see it. He was still Jiji, a good person. But with time, he started to separate himself from other people. Until he met Kinako.
Although he only owned dogs, according to DuPont, her granddad has always loved animals. Due to the fact that oftentimes cats from the neighbourhood would use his garden as a litter box, he had mixed thoughts about cats. DuPont decided to keep the cat quiet after saving it one day. As it turned out, she wasn’t required to.
DuPont stated, “I didn’t get permission and at first I kept him in my room.” Grandpa then entered, and when he saw 4-month-old Kinako, his eyes sparkled with joy. It was unlike anything I had recently seen. DuPont began capturing her grandfather’s daily activities at home with the cat, which he proudly held as his own, around this time. (It is clear that Kinako also took him.)
Jiji and Kinako didn’t take long to become close. Even the cat is attracted by Jiji’s favourite pastime of reading newspapers and pulling out things he enjoys. Kinako manages. But it’s not always a good thing that he’s interested in that activity. Almost every time Jiji tears up the newspaper, Kinako gets on the table, after which they fight and yield knowing that they only want to do what they want, according to DuPont.
The fact that Jiji has a close friend nearby and that Kinako is always close by is what matters most. Although having a cat at home might seem like a little nuisance, for Jiji and Kinako, it has been nothing short of a life-changing impact. They might be termed soulmates. And it’s clear.
Credit: Akiko Dupont