Salem was rescued with two broken legs when he was just 7 weeks old. He immediately recovered and thrived after being treated at the clinic, eventually blooming into the sassiest, most confident cat his family has ever encountered.
“If you don’t feed him on time at 8 a.m.,” Salem’s mother, Hailee Weader, told The Dodo, “he’ll sit on top of you and swat your face or yank your hair until you wake up.” “He’ll follow us around the house, meowing or ‘talking’ to us all, and even into the shower.” If we ignore him or he doesn’t like anything, he’ll go out and find the nearest plant, knock it off the windowsill or table, and create a big mess.”
Despite his strong beliefs, Salem is very aware of others’ sentiments, particularly his mother’s. Weader immediately realized that, despite the fact that she had rescued him, he would end up saving her in a different way as Salem matured.
“He’ll come sit on me or nuzzle alongside me and start kneading my legs and purring if it’s been a terrible day or I’m having a panic attack,” Weader said. “He’s been a great source of comfort for me throughout the last year.”
As Weader began to plan for her final year of college, she quickly realized she couldn’t do it without Salem, so he became her official college emotional support cat.
“He was like a little star around campus, and people would stop us and speak or pet him for a long every time we were walking or I was carrying him in his cat stroller,” Weader recalled.
When graduation came around, Weader realized she couldn’t do it without Salem, as she couldn’t accomplish most things. He’d been such an important part of her college experience and deserved to graduate as well, so she bought him his own cap and gown so he could proudly graduate with a degree in emotional support alongside her.
Due to the epidemic, the graduation was held as a drive-by, and Salem rode proudly with his mother, pleased to be a part of her great day. People couldn’t get enough of Salem and his graduation attire after that, which is understandable.
Weader stated, “Everyone was raving and adoring his clothing all around.” “Everything worked well, and we were able to enjoy and celebrate our ceremony.”
Weader had no clue when she first met Salem that he would be able to assist her go through so much in life. Salem, on the other hand, is more than pleased to repay the favor after everything his mother has done for him.