Sarah Richardson, a member of Community Cats of Central Arkansas, had a memorable day when she received a call from another rescue group seeking assistance. Whiskers 316 had come across a feline with a damaged eye and was unable to provide the necessary medical attention for the animal. Although their veterinarian suggested euthanasia, the compassionate members of Whiskers 316 were optimistic that a different perspective might save the cat’s life. Explore the following account to learn about this tuxedo cat’s valiant determination to survive and search for unwavering affection.
Hastening to Provide Assistance
When the rescue contacted Sarah to prevent a cat from being put down, she readily agreed even though she had scant information about the feline. With a firm “yes,” Sarah became responsible for the cat, now called Chester, who arrived at her doorstep the following day. As soon as she saw Chester up close, she was taken aback by his appalling state. Due to the graphic nature of the images, some have been altered to conceal his ghastly injuries.
Uncovering the Reality
Sarah shared that Chester had experienced an eye injury resulting in a rupture. Despite his pain, Chester found comfort in Sarah’s lap and rested his head in her embrace. Witnessing Chester’s suffering was heartbreaking for Sarah, and she made a promise to assist him in finding relief from his discomfort.
As soon as Sarah noticed something off with Chester’s eye, she wasted no time in sending pictures to her trusted veterinarian. Unfortunately, the news was not good – the eye would have to be surgically removed right away. Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, Sarah received another blow. Chester had also been diagnosed with Feline Leukemia, a virus that could severely compromise his immune system. On top of that, he was anemic, which meant that surgery was a very risky option. The possibility of losing him during the procedure was a stark reality that Sarah had to face. She had to make a difficult decision quickly, weighing the potential benefits against the possible loss of Chester’s life.
A Purr-fectly Optimistic Feline
Sarah was well aware that the operation was crucial for her furry companion’s survival. If Chester didn’t undergo surgery, he would have had to be put down. It was a make or break situation for him and his life was hanging on the edge.
In just two days, Chester was taken to the veterinary hospital where he went through surgery to remove his eye and get neutered. The vet mentioned that Chester’s operation was one of the most excruciating experiences a cat could go through.
Despite the pain and discomfort, Chester’s surgery was a success, and he was ready to recover at home. Though it might seem like an uphill battle, Chester remained optimistic and kept going.
He displayed immense determination to survive and was a tenacious combatant. Sarah remembered how he was the most outstanding surgical case they had ever come across. Even during his recovery phase, Chester faced difficulty in regaining consciousness. Sarah remained worried, hoping that her brave warrior would emerge victorious.
After six hours, Chester was wide awake, much to Sarah’s relief. The surgery had gone well and Chester’s condition was on the upswing. In just three days, he was already showing signs of progress; he could lift his head and act like his old self again. Nevertheless, this was only the first step in Chester’s recovery. He still had to learn how to adjust to living with just one eye.
According to Sarah, taking out an eye causes a state of bewilderment and a sense of losing one’s bearings. It’s akin to being a novice all over again. Chester was in a state of bewilderment, having to relearn everything he once knew. However, Sarah’s unwavering belief in him has always been present since the beginning of their journey. After a few weeks of getting better and embracing the process, Chester’s exceptional character began to show itself.
Sarah described Chester as the ultimate snuggler. He wasn’t interested in playing with toys or engaging in activities, preferring instead to relax and unwind. Throughout his recovery, he would sleep right beside Sarah and her husband, craving constant attention and affection. His love and gratitude for them was evident in his desire to be close and cuddle.
Chester may have a chill personality, but he knows how to ask for what he wants. Sarah shared that if she doesn’t give him attention, he’ll nudge his paw on her face or wake her up in the middle of the night just to say hi. It’s like he’s reminding her to show him some love! Sarah chuckled as she recounted these moments with Chester. And when it was time to remove his stitches, Chester behaved like a good patient once again.
As Sarah tended to his wound, Chester remained calm despite the pain. He knew he could trust her with his life and was grateful for her assistance. Sarah couldn’t help but gush over Chester’s sweet personality, commenting that he was a total catch. Unfortunately, his feline leukemia made it difficult for him to find a forever home as shelters often resort to euthanasia for cats with this condition. Nevertheless, with proper care and attention, cats with feline leukemia can still lead a happy and healthy life for many years. There’s hope for Chester’s bright future yet.
Chester is currently under foster care for more than a year and is in search of a loving family who will give him the care and affection he deserves as a wonderful companion. It’s puzzling why no one has shown interest in this sweet boy who needs a permanent home after all that he has gone through. Nevertheless, Sarah and her family are currently fostering Chester and taking good care of him. Sarah wants him to live a luxurious life because of all the hardships he has faced, which he truly deserves. This adorable pup can be found in Sherwood, Arkansas, and if you’re interested in giving him a forever home, click the link provided to apply. For inquiries about Chester, click here to contact Community Cats of Central Arkansas. Let’s share Chester’s story and hope that someone will fall in love with him and become his forever family.