Lucas dont second guess your love and devotion to Ziggy. Ive known cats which ate crap food, lack of consistant vet care, bad starts health wise as kittens live over 21 years.
Then my sister adopted a cat from me which started out with nothing but the best of care, food, love die at I think it was 4 yrs old. He stroked out. A totally healthy cat. Bam. Few days later he couldnt even stand from the strokes.
Genetics play a huge part in the longevity of animals and people. I would adopt to a person who would give my foster a life time of love and attention even if they could only afford friskies or purina or special kitty. That is the bottom line.
Heck, I ignorantly declawed my first cat! He is now 10 yrs old. He limps from it. Holds his paw up because it hurts. I will give him my devoted love as long as he can journey with me. He is so bonded with me. I learned what the truth is about declawing which the vet should have educated me about.
When we know better we do better.
With my eyes, they will be seen...With my voice, they will be heard....
With my hands, they will know comfort...With my action, they will be free...
~TNR and Rescue changes lives of animals.~
When the angels are busy God sends rescuers