At the point when Carmen Morales Weinberg initially met Cotton, she couldn’t believe how unwell he was.
Living on the streets in Florida as a stray, the little white cat was starving and in so much pain. He had contracted mange, and it had spread all through his whole body — including his eyes.
“He couldn’t even see or open his eyes bc the mites were so bad,”
Weinberg , 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.”
Weinberg, who has taken in many unwell cats throughout the years, made an isolate ward for the sick cat in her restroom, where she began nourishing him with good meals and treating him with anti-infection agents. Cotton was so irritated and unhappy — however following a couple of days of treatment, he at last began to feel better.
“We could just see his tense body start to relax as the days passed,”
Weinberg said. “He was finally able to rest without scratching so much.”
In spite of the fact that Cotton couldn’t see, he quickly warmed to Weinberg. He was so understanding while Weinberg applied the necessary balm and coconut oil to his aggravated skin each day, and couldn’t wait to see her for pets and dinners. Cotton’s condition continued improving. Following a few weeks of steady care, something amazing happened.
Cotton opened his eyes — and he could see.
Not only were Cotton’s eyes healed, they were beautiful. One eye was blue, while the other was brown.
As the months passed, Cotton at last conquered his medical problems and resembled his true-self.
Weinberg was stunned — and so was Cotton. He had a newly discovered vitality to at last view his surroundings in the wake of being not being able see for such a long time. Nobody knows for sure how long he went without his vision but it was likely numerous months.
“We thought he was blind, and that he would be blind forever,” 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.”
Following three good months of healing, 6-year-old Cotton resembled a new cat — and together, Weinberg and cotton and formed a new bond. Wherever she went, he pursued, and she was the only person who could pet him longer than a couple of moments. Around other individuals, he acted anxious and meek — however with Weinberg close by, he gradually grew more confident around other people.
“If I go into another room, he waits outside the door talking,” Weinberg 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.”
Subsequent to everything Cotton had gone through, he’s living the high life now — Weinberg is so grateful she discovered him when she did.
It’s clear little Cotton feels the same way.
“We got so many applications for him due to his looks, but in the end I saw how attached to me he had become,” Weinberg said. “I didn’t have the heart to put him through another big change. He had already been through so much.”
Cotton is so happy to finally end up with the loving and caring family he so rightfully deserves, and now goes through his days playing, relaxing and Weinberg wherever she goes.
“He is so beautiful and just the perfect companion for our family,” Weinberg said. “Cats like Cotton depend on people to heal, because they cannot always ask for help … I’m sure so many people passed him by because of how sick he looked, but he was just waiting for someone to give him a chance.”
You can help cats just like cotton by donating to the animal friends project