This cat was thought to be blind, but then he was able to open his eyes to reveal the prettiest pair.
When Cotton the cat was found on the streets, he was in dire straits and in need of some serious medical care. A man by the name of Joe reportedly said that Cotton “came out of nowhere” and began eating the food set out for Joe’s cat in a frenzy. By the way he was eating, it appeared that he was “very hungry, like if he had not eaten in days.”
Joe rushed back to his house to get a cat carrier so that he could catch Cotton, which is ordinarily very tough to do with stray cats, but Cotton was so hungry that he walked right into the carrier after Joe put food inside of it.
Joe posted a photo of Cotton on Facebook asking for help for the cat, and when Carmen Weinberg, founder of Animal Friends Project, saw the post she immediately reached out to find out Cotton’s whereabouts.
“Early the next morning, I drove to pick him up. I took him immediately to my vet… and they confirmed that he was suffering from mange, was very dehydrated, and malnourished” Weinberg told Love Meow.
On top of these obvious health conditions, Cotton also appeared to be blind because his eyes were locked shut, crusted over, and he made no attempts to open them when he first arrived at the vet. His condition was so poor that vets had no idea how long he had been walking around blind, but they estimated that it had been a long time since he was last able to see.
Despite having a rough life, Cotton was extremely open to treatment and being handled by humans. Weinberg said,
“He purred the whole time they were examining him…. Cotton was very skinny but fortunately, he ate well and was in good spirits. He must have sensed we were trying to help him and he loved to be touched.”
Weinberg brought Cotton home, where her family was used to handling cats who have special needs and irritated skin. They loved on him anyways, putting coconut oil on him to soothe his skin and giving him all the water and canned food he desired to keep him hydrated and put weight on him. Within a few days, the crusts on his ears began to fall off and soon after his eye crusts fell off too, revealing that he was not only able to see but that he had the most gorgeous pair of eyes.
“Little by little he started to gain weight. It was a nice surprise to see that he had one blue eye and one yellow eye,” said Weinberg.
As he continued to heal, his personality emerged while he grew more confident. Though he started off as a sickly, stray cat whose prospects were dim, he is now a very loving cat that is very attached to humans.
Weinberg has lovingly described him as, “very vocal and he would make noise to let us know that he wanted attention. He loves people and searches for attention. He wants to be where you are.”
Cotton is still looking for a forever home, but his recent online attention is sure to spark someone’s interest soon. If you’re interested in bringing beautiful Cotton into your home, you can inquire about him here.
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