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Former Ravens cheerleader takes aging cat on bucket list beach trip

Every dog has his day, but not every cat gets to go to the beach.

Count Tigger among the lucky few that do. The 21-year-old orange kitty spent Black Friday lounging in the sun in Bethany Beach, Del., and checked off one more adventure on his bucket list.

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Adriene Buisch, a marketing coordinator at Charm City Veterinary Hospital and former Ravens cheerleader, adopted Tigger in February after he was abandoned by his previous owner.

Earlier this year, Buisch, 31, and her boyfriend were looking for a companion for their 6-year-old cat, but they didn't want a kitten. She found Tigger's story in a post on the Canton Neighbors Facebook page and ended up bringing him home that night from Towson Veterinary Hospital.

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"We looked at each other and we were like, 'We're taking that cat,'" Buisch said. "When we brought him home that night it was like he never forgot what it was like to have pillows and blankets."

When they first met Tigger, his fur was matted and he was underweight. With a prescription diet and a clean shave, he put on pounds and his fur grew back plush.

It wasn't long before Buisch noticed he was guzzling water — up to a gallon a day. She brought him in for blood work and confirmed his kidneys were failing. And a couple months ago, she discovered he had a golf ball-sized tumor.

As Tigger's health declines, Buisch is on a mission to make his last days his best. Her family has a house in Bethany Beach, where she brought him during the summer. She took him back to the beach again on Nov. 27 and let him spend the day soaking up sun rays and lounging in the sand.

She posted photos from his beach day on the Canton Neighbors Facebook page.

Buisch said she doesn't have a literal bucket list for Tigger (although there is an ugly sweater family photo in his future).

"We just think of random things when we feel like doing something," she said.

Up next: Florida. Buisch and her boyfriend plan to take Tigger along on a trip to visit family for Christmas.

"We're completely attached at this point," she said.

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