In September, a homeowner in Royal Palm Beach, Florida saw a scraggly looking cat near his house. He was sick and dirty, suffering from mange and his eyes were crusted over so much that he couldn’t open them at all.
“He had been walking outdoors completely blind,” Carmen Weinberg, who runs the nonprofit Animal Friends Project in Florida, told The Huffington Post. The homeowner couldn’t take the cat in himself, but was able to connect with Weinberg after posting a call for help on Facebook.
Weinberg named the cat Cotten and took him to the vet, where they found he was severely dehydrated and malnourished. Even in this sad state, Cotton’s sweet demeanor was evident. “He purred the whole time they were examining him,” she said.
By December Cotton’s fur had grown back, giving him a beautiful silky white coat.
But the biggest shock was when Cotton was finally able to open his eyes.
“It was a nice surprise to see that he had one blue eye and one yellow eye,” Weinberg said.
Cotton turned out to have a microchip but when Weinberg tracked the owner down, she said Cotton had disappeared some time ago and she was no longer able to care for him.
Now, Cotton is up for adoption. “Cotton loves attention,” Weinburg 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.”
You can find out more about Cotton, as well as Animal Friends Project’s other adoptable animals at animalfriendsproject.org/adoptable-cats
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