A blind homeless cat was rescued from the streets of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, and after recovering from a rough life as a stray, this fortunate feline’s most startling characteristic is garnering him internet fame.
A local from Royal Palm Beach had called Carmen Morales Weinberg, the director of the nonprofit Animal Friends Project, to report seeing the distressed cat out on the streets. The scruffy-looking animal was covered in mange, a parasitic skin disease causing itchy, dry, scaly skin, and was wandering around with his eyes completely shut from infection. He appeared to be totally blind and was suffering trying to survive on his own.
“He couldn’t even see or open his eyes because the mites were so bad,” Morales Weinberg told The Dodo. “It must have been so scary for him out there not being able to see. He was all alone and so skinny because he couldn’t find food.”
After coming by to pick up the cat, whose name turned out to be Cotton, Morales Weinberg brought him to a vet—who confirmed that in addition to his mange, the stray was severely malnourished and dehydrated. Yet despite Cotton’s pitiful state, the cat seemed to be sweet-tempered and loving and took to Weinberg and her family immediately.
“He purred the whole time they were examining him,” she explained, the Huffington Post reported.
Morales Weinberg took Cotton home to care for him while he recovered, feeding him the antibiotics necessary to clear up the painful mange and helping him to regain his strength and nutrition levels. Before long, his fur cleared up to reveal a sweet white cat, far better looking and stronger than he was when Morales Weinberg first came to pick him up.
“We could just see his tense body start to relax as the days passed,” Morales Weinberg said. “He was finally able to rest without scratching so much.”
But the real surprise was when Cotton’s eyes, which had been swollen shut, were finally able to be opened again; he turned out to have two beautiful and differently colored eyes, one a clear blue and the other yellow! Even better, the blindness associated with the infection ended up clearing up, leaving the cat looking absolutely stunning and able to see again.
“We thought he was blind, and that he would be blind forever,” Morales Weinberg said. “The vet thought that even when his eyes recovered they might be damaged, but they weren’t. It was such a wonderful surprise. His eyes were just beautiful.”
Morales Weinberg discovered that the cat had a microchip—and his previous owner was able to be tracked down. She revealed that he had wandered off long ago, and she was no longer able to care for him and couldn’t take him back.
So instead, Morales Weinberg turned to the idea of finding him a new forever home.
“Cotton loves attention,” she said. “He is very vocal and comes to you asking for love … He could get overstimulated and give love bites but he usually controls himself.”
(Courtesy of Carmen Weinberg)