“We could just see his tense body start to relax as the days passed,” Morales said. “He was finally able to rest without scratching so much.”
Cotton was one of the sickest cats that Carmen Morales has ever seen.
Morales stumbled upon Cotton when she was roaming the Florida streets as a stray cat.
The poor little kitty was starving, completely covered in mange, and seemed as if he was in extreme pain. The mange was so bad that it spread throughout his body and forced his eyes shut.
“He couldn’t even see or open his eyes bc the mites were so bad,” Morales, founder of Animal Friends Project, 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.”
But Morales is a pro at rescuing cats and she knew exactly what to do.
She even has a quarantine ward for cats set up in her bathroom so the sickly cats don’t infect the cats who are well that she has in her car.
So she put Cotton in quarantine, fed him, and started treating him with lots of antibiotics. The poor sickly cat was terribly uncomfortable and itchy in those first few days.
But after a few days, he started to show some improvement and looked like he was getting more comfortable.
He even started to look forward to her company knowing he would get some affection and food.
Not only was Cotton able to see again but he had brilliant colored eyes.
“We thought he was blind, and that he would be blind forever,” Morales 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.”
“If I go into another room, he waits outside the door talking,” Morales said. “He sleeps with me, he stays by my side all of the time … Him and I have a wonderful relationship. He’s a good communicator and loves meowing at me.”
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While there were loads of applications that came in asking to adopt Cotton, Morales couldn’t bear to part with him.
She didn’t want him to have to suffer through another big change so now he is a permanent member of the family.
He’s living a pampered life with a family that loves him very much.
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