Bonds between cats and humans aren’t unusual, but sometimes they are extra special. A few years ago Tokyo-based photographer Akiko DuPont was concerned about her 94-year-old grandfather Jiji, who’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Research has shown that pets can greatly help Alzheimer’s patients cop with anxiety and depression, so she decided to surprise Jiji with a furry little friend, an orange tabby kitten named Kinako
“I actually didn’t get any permission and first hid him in my room,” DuPont said. “Then grandpa wandered in and saw 4-month-old Kinako — and his eyes shined full of happiness. It was something I hadn’t seen in a while.” And there, a beautiful friendship was born.
Today Jiji and Kinako are virtually inseparable. The attentive cat even likes to help out while Jiji tends to his favorite hobby, clipping newspaper articles. Akiko decided to document their close relationship for a photo series entitled Jiji and Kinako.
Whether checking in on each other to be sure they’re having a good day or playfully arguing over Kinako’s habit of sitting on Jiji’s newspapers, theirs is a relationship that’s enhanced both their lives.
[via My Modern Met]