A Florida resident, found a stray cat wandering outside his home in Royal Palm Beach and knew he needed help.
The man named Joe noticed the cat was suffering from a severe case of mange and the kitty’s eye were crusted shut. Joe rushed to get a carrier for the cat and placed some food inside.
The cat, who was later named Cotton, walked right into the carrier as he smelled the food and was absolutely starving. When Joe got home he posted a plea on a local group on Facebook for someone to help the cat.
That was when Carmen Weinberg, founder of Animal Friends Project came across the post through a friend and she just couldn’t say no. Being that she treated other cats suffering from the same condition, Weinberg knew just how to help.
“[Joe] said Cotton came out of nowhere and started eating from the bowl of food he had for his cat. He said Cotton seemed very hungry, like if he had not eaten in days,” Weinberg told Love Meow.
Cotton couldn’t open his eyes due to the disease and he wandered outdoors completely blind for who knows how long.
“He purred the whole time they were examining him! He received antibiotics, a dose of Revolution and fluids and we went home. Fortunately, I had a spare bathroom where he could stay. 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 said.
Within a few days, the crust on Cotton’s ears started to come off, and he began to heal. “We put Coconut oil to soothe his skin and gave him lots of water and canned food to keep him hydrated. Cotton stayed hunched over for days and days and seemed very uncomfortable. It was hard seeing him in that condition, knowing only time would heal him,” Weinberg said.
“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. His hair started to grow again,” she continued.
Weinberg couldn’t believe how absolutely gorgeous Cotton’s eyes were, and she was so happy she was able to save him from a life on the streets.
Joe was grateful to Weinberg for responding to his Facebook post, proving the power of social media can really make a difference!
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[Featued Image Credit: Carmen Weinberg]