A few days ago, when I visited the lady in need, she told me about her cat. He is an old cat whom she has had for a long time. She has no family closer than a three hour's drive, and she doesn't have a car. Her cat is her family.
She told me she is thinking of giving him up because she can't afford to feed him. Silly though it may sound, this really bothered me. The comfort of a beloved pet is not to be underestimated.
So I bought him some food and some kitty litter and dropped it off. Truth be told, I'm not sure it made her happy. She doesn't smile. But I hope her kitty will be around for a long time to give her the snuggles she needs.