Today’s guest post comes from Nemisha and her cat Snowy!
The Bravest Cat I Know
I am anyone’s definition of a cat-crazy lady: I love cats, I’ve always wanted one since I was a little girl, and if I had my way, I’d adopt all the stray kittens on the street.
But I have one very brave Persian kitten named Snowy. And I’m proud of how far he’s come.
At 25 years old, a wish that I harbored for over 12 years came true: I got a kitten. But Snowy has had many hurdles to overcome before being a healthy, happy and confident kitten.
For starters, the kennel that I adopted him from treated him very badly. His tail was hung low at all times, he didn’t eat anything for 3 days straight, didn’t pee or poo, and had a terrible eye and ear infection. Snowy was unhappy and suffering from these infections for a long time. In fact, he gave me his eye infection (which left me with a huge sty for a week, so I can only imagine how bad it was for him).
The “shop keeper” at the kennel shoved Snowy (no, abused is a better term) into a grimy cat carrier for us to take him home. Once home, he stayed underneath my bed all night. He wouldn’t come out to eat, play or do his business.
It got worse when we took him to the vet, and the doctor told us he had a severe eye and ear infection. In fact, the vet’s assistant and I used a whole bunch of cotton balls to clean his ear. He was very close to being a host for ear mites and becoming partially blind.
Snowy is now 7 months old, and he recently suffered a bout of indigestion. His immunity is very low because he was torn away from his mother when he was just 9 weeks old. Today, I noticed his eyes were flickering like they did when he first came home. He contracted the eye infection again.
But Snowy is amazingly brave. My beautiful, blue-eyed Persian baby has had more injections, medicines and care than most kittens of his age. Yet, he manages to be happy, play with my sister and sit on my lap as I type this.
I know the road ahead is a difficult one for him. The vet said he doesn’t have a healthy immune system, and the abuse at the kennel clearly impacted him. He isn’t aggressive or feisty like the other cats. Instead, Snowy oscillates from being docile and sweet to at the most, playful.
I love Snowy and I wouldn’t have him any other way. He hasn’t gone a whole month without a vet visit, but I shudder to think what would’ve happen if I left him at the kennel or if he was in a home that couldn’t afford to spend the time, money and effort in keeping him healthy.
My Snowy is brave. And strong.
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